Louise Burns got some high-profile help when making her sophomore solo album, The Midnight Mass, which features production from Sune Rose Wagner (of the Raveonettes) and Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Black Mountain, A.C. Newman). The album drops on today (July 9) via Light Organ Records.

The new songs find Burns venturing in a more dreamily synth-heavy direction, with sonic touchstones including the Cure, Berlin-era David Bowie and Dum Dum Girls. The recordings include contributions from a slew of guests including Cat Power’s Gregg Foreman on guitar, Ladyhawk’s Darcy Hancock on guitar, Dum Dum Girls’ Sandy (a.k.a. Sandra Vu) on drums, Brasstronaut’s Brennan Saul on drums, Sun Wizard’s James Younger on guitar, and Fond of Tigers’ Jesse Zubot on violin.

The songwriter is currently gearing up to tour later in the summer with Lightning Dust, with whom she will sing backing vocals, in addition to performing her own set.

- Alex Hudson (Exclaim.ca)

Purchase “The Midnight Mass” HERE

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