Long considered by those in the know as the best band in Northeast, Ohio that no one outside of Northeast, Ohio has ever heard of, the husband and wife duo of Keith Freund and wife Linda Lejsovka are back with a new Trouble Books record and this time they invited a friend to the studio — Mark McGuire of Emeralds. Will the presence of McGuire, whose solo work and work with Emeralds has seen a noticeable increase in visibility bring similar attention to Trouble Books? No one ever knows. What is certain, however, is that McGuire has helped expand the home-spun, ambient sounds of Trouble Books from quaint and quiet and unassuming into something much grander. With bright, sparkling keyboard sounds, bubbling electronics, and a sinewy guitar solo which hits right at the track’s peak, “Song for Reinier Lucassen’s Sphinx,” is nothing short of beautiful.
This one is going to be really, really limited edition. The first pressing will only be 250 records. You can pick one up at one of Trouble Books upcoming live shows on June 3rd at Music Saves or June 11th at the Stone Tavern in Kent. Your best bet however, may be the pre-order that’s live now.