Indie eclecticism greets you on Loch Lomond’s Little Me Will Start a Storm as the opening track, “Blue Lead Fences,” recalls indie rock, art rock, bluegrass, and folk all in the same breath. It’s the orchestrated rock of Sufjan Stevens pressed forward in an urgent punk exhalation. Picked strings and Ritchie Young’s fragile lead vocal make it seem plaintive, but the choral-like gang vocals on the chorus is where the passion and energy resides, kicking up the piano and drums.
“Elephant & Little Girls” with its horns and strings has a storybook feel, like we’re learning a new fairytale sung into our ears for a children’s play. Loch Lomond has a way of making music of innocence—a spring-like quality made for walking around an English garden (“Water Bells”).
The Sufjan Stevens quality comes through again most clearly in the tentative strains of “I Love Me.” There’s an old-country feel (Ireland, England, or even Eastern Europe) to “Blood Bank,” a slow, defiant march against whatever ails you.
Little Me Will Start a Storm should be on your car’s soundtrack as the weather warms up, you begin to roll down the windows, and, forgetting the gas prices, you decide to go for a ride in the country.