So many different backgrounds mashed together and then squeezed into a slightly pulpy, somewhat synthetic, though unequivocally organic delight. Originally a hair-brained idea of vocalist, Lou Rodriguez, in the winter of 2003, ::One Hand Loves the Other:: took years to assemble. This final formation blends electro-indie beats with classical arrangements, provided by orchestral instruments, and soulful, original vocals.
Lou, the lyricist and voice, emerged from a background inspired by blues and soul artists of the twentieth century female persuasion. Nancy, the flautist and fingers of the synthesizer, blossomed out from classical piano and flute instruction. Tracy, the arms of the cello and fingers of the piano, was raised playing the piano and the cello, but decided for this adventure, overall, the bow would suit her nicely. Rightly, so.
Finally, in the fall of 2006, the band stumbled across Mikey, of the blissfully sonic endeavor, “Music for People”, and swooped in and captured him to become the fourth and final member of ::OHLtO::. In charge of everything from blippity-bloops and banger-mashers to backing up Lou during live performance, Mikey is the final raisin in the oatmeal cookie. Yup yup.
All from different places, all on different paths, but all with the same yearning to create music. It’s an amalgamation of sorts I’d say. Some may say a quixotic one, though ::OHLtO:: would probably take that as a compliment.