Pennsylvania musician Lou Rogai, who records as Lewis & Clarke, has a knack for nuance. He constructs songs the way a gifted author tells stories, revealing details slowly, guiding the narrative along confidently instead of racing from one point to the next. All of that is on display in the masterful “Triumvirate,” the first song from the forthcoming record of the same name. Over a gentle, waltzing acoustic guitar, Rogai delivers the song’s lovely, winding melody, navigating the song’s contours with a kind of calm certainty. Other elements enter slowly and gracefully: twinkling piano, sighing strings, rolling percussion. It’s soft, tender and lovely.
Rogai is running a Kickstarter to help fund the new record, with rewards ranging from a beautiful, white-vinyl pressing of the record to, at the highest levels, a private Lewis & Clarke performance. You can contribute to the campaign here.