Michael LoPresti studied literature and theology in college but after graduation became a vocalist and guitarist. He formed the Lighthouse and the Whaler in 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio. The band's name was inspired by chapter 14 of Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Since its creation the band has moved from a folk trio to a rock quartet. The band now consists of Michael, Mark Poro on mandolin, violin, guitar, piano and glockenspiel, Ryan Walker on bass and Michael's brother Matthew LoPresti on drums. The Lighthouse and the Whaler's third album, Mont Royal, was released on August 28, 2015.
The Lighthouse and the Whaler headlined at the Studio at Webster Hall tonight, performing a curious brand of indie compositions. Michael LoPresti in a wistful high register sang introspective lyrics exploring self discovery and identity, fully embodied by rolling waves of shimmering electronics and strings. A fifth musician, Molly Connolly, added violin, synthesizer and guitar to the songs. Frequently a musician moved from one instrument to another mid-song to add another layer of sound. The spacious arrangements ranged from atmospheric to plush. Alternating between brooding and bouncy, the band's overall soft wash of sound was low key and laid back yet engaging.
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