IRA LAWRENCES HAUNTED MANDOLIN
A year after inheriting an electric mandolin from his estranged grandmother Sylvia, IRA LAWRENCES HAUNTED MANDOLIN is releasing ELEGANT FREEFALL six distorted folk songs full of oddly named characters and ghostly melodies. The album was recorded in one day at Galaxy Smith Studios in Brooklyn, mastered by Joe Lambert (The National, Animal Collective, and The Antlers), and features photography from songwriter, Joel Michael Howard.
ONLY IRA LAWRENCES HAUNTED MANDOLIN
Ira has shared the stage with Classic Rockers Blue Oyster Cult, Scottish Shoegazers The Twilight Sad, Metalheads Red Fang, and Rapper Cee Knowledge (of Digable Planets).
Ira recently returned from touring The Philippines and Australia. His debut album MAPAGKAWANGGAWA is on the way soon!
Critical Praise for "Elegant Freefall"
"#9 Best EP of 2015"- Independent Clauses
"The Americana-tinged folk songs crafted by Ira Lawrence certainly sound embedded with the ghosts of eras past. It’s an electric mandolin played like an acoustic guitar, but with the spirit of a banjo and the reverb of a football stadium – deeply rooted in American folk but also somehow transcendent and worldly. He throws his voice wildly at approximations of notes, somehow slurred and articulate simultaneously. Ira Lawrences Haunted Mandolin is full of quirk and curiosity, with gentle platitudes and oddly named characters who seem to exist outside of time."- No Smoking Media
"Elegant Freefall by Ira Lawrences Haunted Mandolin is the rare 'constraint project' that can be appreciated without knowing what the rules were. These songs stand up on their own as hummable, admirable, thoughtful pieces. I’d recommend this to anyone, but I think it would be particularly relevant for those who are interested in the type of indie-rock that pushes the rules for the sake of wondering what’s out there past them. Highly recommended."- Independent Clauses
"Spectral, fuzzed-out folk"-ThrdCoast
Ira shot the music video for “Jeremy Crackers” on a broken I-phone and edited it in a Baltimore hospital. It features a collection of Chicken memorabilia.