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Storm Starters

After a successful European tour, Portland’s Loch Lomond is barely catching its breath before heading back out on the road for a string of Northwest dates. 

“It’s great. I love to travel,” says Loch Lomond vocalist and songwriter Ritchie Young. 

Loch Lomond blends elements of British folk, psychedelic Americana and acoustic indie-rock into a sound reminiscent of other Northwest acts like Fleet Foxes. Unique instrumentation such as vibraphone and flute lead some to call Loch Lomond’s sound “chamber pop,” but Young disagrees. “We play pop music,” he insists. “We try to keep the music simple and really work on vocals and volume. We just have really good dynamics.”  

The band’s 2011 release Little Me Will Start A Storm plays like a group of grad students on a spirit walk through the ‘60s – pure pop hooks and crystalline harmonies in songs like “Blue Lead Fences” meet quirky ballads like “Blood Bank,” featuring chiming mandolins, string arrangements and a healthy appreciation for both American and European folk music. And when a bowed saw blade carries the melody of instrumental track “Water Bells,” it only seems right in Loch Lomond’s weird world.

While touring Europe the band sold an exclusive EP called White Dresses and saved a few for Loch Lomond fans in the Northwest. “We are only selling them on this four-day tour. Just these shows. Then all gone,” entices Young. So don’t miss out.

 Loch Lomond plays with Dinosaur Feathers 8:30 pm Saturday, March 24, at Axe & Fiddle; $10.