Libraries

The Love Language

MP3 (320kbps) ? $8.99 BUY + Wish List
FLAC ? $11.49 BUY + Wish List
CD $12.98 BUY + Wish List
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MRG366 | Release Date July 13, 2010

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The Love Language is a fortunate by-product of frontman North Carolina native Stuart McLamb's rudderless mid-20s, where a tempest of breakup, inebriation, and incarceration found the abandoned songwriter embarking on a storage-space recording project to slow his seeming disintegration. On sophomore effort Libraries, the equilibrium of frontman McLamb's madness and producer BJ Burton's discipline has rendered an album in the classic sense, in which no song is expendable and no passage is without purpose. Libraries captures Spector-esque walls of reckless sound, cavernous drums, middle-school percussion, and moody swells of stringed instruments, all decorated hastily with stray leads, which bleed beautifully all over everything.

The digital version comes with five demo versions of songs from Libraries, recorded in the lo-fi style as the band's eponymous debut--direct to four-track from bedroom studio. These tracks are also available individually below.

Track/Song Title Duration Price MP3 Track
Play Pedals 04:38 $0.99 Buy
Play Brittany's Back 03:06 $0.99 Buy
Play This Blood Is Our Own 04:08 $0.99 Buy
Play Summer Dust 03:43 $0.99 Buy
Play Blue Angel 04:37 $0.99 Buy
Play Heart to Tell 02:27 $0.99 Buy
Play Anthophobia 03:06 $0.99 Buy
Play Horophones 02:56 $0.99 Buy
Play Wilmont 03:40 $0.99 Buy
Play This Room 01:23 $0.99 Buy
Heart to Tell (Demo) 02:31
Summer Dust (Demo) 03:31
Days in Love (Demo) 03:23
Blue Angel (Demo) 04:42
Brittany's Back (Demo) 03:09

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*Note: FLAC files do not work in iTunes.

What is the difference between MP3 and FLAC files?

Merge offers the highest quality MP3s possible. They are encoded without DRM using the LAME version 3.97 encoder at non-variable rate of 320 kbps. At this quality level, the sound is essentially indistinguishable from a CD.

We also offer FLAC digital music files. FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, an uncompressed audio format. As such, FLAC files provide a perfect digital copy of a given piece of music.

MP3s eliminate audio data in order to reduce file size. FLAC files are by definition 'lossless' and are a perfect digital copy of the original source material. Because of this, a FLAC audio file is much larger in size than an MP3 file. While FLAC audio is ideal if you listen to your music on a higher-end home stereo, or enjoy close-listening on headphones, it does not have as widespread playback support as the MP3 format.

*Note: FLAC files do not work in iTunes.

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