Loamlands, a country-folk outfit from Durham, N.C., is just a few weeks away from releasing its sophomore LP, Lez Dance. Ahead of that release, the group is sharing 'Soni Wolf Grandmother,' a sparse, evocative and powerful new single that shines through with remarkable poignancy.

With vocalist Kym Register's stirring performance front and center, 'Soni Wolf Grandmother' is certainly a showcase for Register's incredible lyrical storytelling and powerhouse voice. But their vocals are supported and elevated by the song's terrific production. A foundation of distorted guitar is soon joined by melancholic horns as more and more voices are layered upon one another, creating a cathartic soundscape.

The lyrics dive into the history of queerness and explore what it meant to be queer for generations past.

"'Soni Wolf Grandmother' questions our queer origin stories by exploring the identities of our elders," explains Register. "Soni Wolf founded Dykes on Bikes. But what was she like outside of that narrative? What was it like to gay in the 70s/80s? What was it like when there were fewer gender identities? What was is like for my grandmother? What would they be like now? How can we tell the stories outside of the lenses of our own narratives?"

You can stream 'Soni Wolf Grandmother' up above and you can pre-order Loamlands' new album Lez Dance, due out June 7 via Cruisin Records, at this link. The group also has a couple shows in North Carolina this summer. You can find those tour dates down below.


08 June - North Star Church of the Arts (Record Release Show); Durham, NC
27 July - Saxapahaw Summer Concert Series; Saxapahaw, NC