Romantica

Shadowlands Shadowlands

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Bio

“It feels like a resurrection,” frontman/songwriter Ben Kyle says of Shadowlands, Romantica’s fourth album and first new release in seven years. Indeed, the emotion-charged set marks a creative rebirth for the sprawling Minnesota-based ensemble, with Kyle’s evocative vocals and vivid songwriting illuminated by his bandmates’ organic instrumental rapport. Romantica’s lush, melodic songcraft has won considerable attention in the Americana/alt-country community, but the Irish-born Kyle’s unique perspective resists easy categorization. While the band’s personnel has shifted and evolved over the years, its unique musical vision has remained consistent. Shadowlands’ 14 lovingly crafted originals encompass intense introspection and celebratory uplift, with such heartfelt tunes as “Let the Light Go Through You,” “Harder to Hear,” “Give Your Heart a Shelter,” “Here It Comes” and the heartfelt Gram Parsons tribute “Cecil Ingram Connor” reflecting on life’s trials and triumphs in a manner that echoes the album’s title. “I’ve been through some very deep shadowlands in my life in the last few years, and this material comes out of that experience,” Kyle explains, adding, “I feel like a lot of the content of this record is about the fruit of the darkness in life. There’s a line in the song ‘Give Your Heart a Shelter’ that goes ‘Sometimes the night and the darkness know better, and in the heartache we find that’s where the heart breaks through.’ Sometimes the most difficult things are the things that purify and coalesce and crystallize our true selves, where we really discover what we’re about and why we’re here.” In order to capture the songs’ stirring sense of place, Kyle and company cut Shadowlands in a barn in the wilds of Southwestern Minnesota, which the band and engineer Brad Bivens converted into a recording studio. “I think it’s the first real band record we’ve made, in the sense that it was a pure collaboration, in a way that our earlier albums maybe weren’t,” Kyle asserts. “This time, I brought the songs in skeletal form, and we all put them together in the same time and space and played everything live. We’d wake up in the morning in the little farmhouse where we were staying, and we’d make a plan for what songs we wanted to approach that day. “One of the reasons I really wanted to do the album this way,” he continues, “is that we’d had a long hiatus from recording, and this version of the band had never really had a chance to form an identity. I felt like, if this band was gonna continue, it needed to be organic, and each of us needed to own it as something that was part of our identity. So let’s find out what that is; lets go and make a record that we’re all bringing our character to, and let the band find itself.” The search for musical truth has been a life’s work for Kyle, who moved from Ireland to Minnesota with his family when he was a teenager. “My journey, and the perspective of having lived in one country and then moving to another, has been a very big influence on how I approach music,” he states. “The music environment in Minnesota, with bands like the Jayhawks and Soul Asylum, made a deep impression on me. At the same time, I grew up playing Irish folk music in pubs with my family. And at some point, I realized that those two kinds of music were not that different.” After studying painting and fine art at TK, Kyle formed Romantica with some like-minded locals. Within a few months, the band had signed with a local indie label and released its 2004 debut It’s Your Weakness That I Want, which received substantial regional attention, winning a Minnesota Music Award as Best Americana Album. 2007’s America raised Romantica’s profile considerably, winning widespread national acclaim. 2009’s Control Alt Country Delete was an audacious experiment, recorded on the cheap in a single day following a successful stand at Austin’s South by Southwest music festival. Despite its humble origins, the raw, unadorned Control Alt Country Delete earned much favor with the band’s fans. Romantica’s extended hiatus—during which Kyle released a self-titled solo album as well as a collaborative effort with Carrie Rodriguez, pointedly titled We Still Love Our Country—was the result of a number of issues, including the band’s disputes with its former label, as well as Kyle’s ordainment as priest in the Catholic Apostolic Church, his eventual excommunication from that faith for his refusal to condone a classical view of hell, and a year-long illness provoked by exposure to toxic mold. The break from band activity actually had the positive affect of allowing the band members to attend to the demands of family commitments.

“I have five children, and between us there’s about thirteen kids in the band,” Kyle says. “We needed those years to ground ourselves and our families, so now we’re coming back together with a little more life experience.” Now, with Romantica back on track and ready to hit the road, Kyle is decidedly enthused about the band’s future. “We’re not taking ourselves too seriously, and we’re doing it for the right reasons,” he says. “We’re doing it for the joy of it, and because we love it. We’re a community of friends who like being together, and it’s valuable and fruitful or us to continue making music. It’s not about being successful or achieving stardom. It’s about bringing the gifts we’ve been given and giving them to each other and the world in the way that only we will.”

Tracklist

1. Let the Light Go Through You
2. Harder to Hear
3. Give Your Heart A Shelter
4. Cecil Ingram Conor
5. Lonely Star
6. Here it Comes
7. After the War
8. Buffalo Bill
9. We Were Young
10. Blue Heart
11. Nobody Knows
12. St. Paul City Lights
13. Get Back in Love
14. Shandy Bass

For Fans Of

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Home Market

Minneapolis, MN - USA

Album Details

Artist

Romantica

Album Title

Shadowlands

Street Date

03/03/2017

Order Due Date

02/03/2017

Discount

15% (ends 03/09/2017)

Genre

Adult Alternative

Label

Last Chance Records

Parent Label

House Arrest

Configuration

CD Longplay

Price Code

CD15

UPC

769498675687

Box Lot

30

Catalog #

LCR052

Album Details

Artist

Romantica

Album Title

Shadowlands

Street Date

12/25/2025

Order Due Date

11/27/2025

Discount

15% (ends 12/31/2025)

Genre

Adult Alternative

Label

Last Chance Records

Parent Label

House Arrest

Configuration

Vinyl Longplay 33 1/3

Price Code

LP20

UPC

769498675779

Box Lot

25

Catalog #

LCR0521

Tour Dates

Bandsintown

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