Arsenio Orteza

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Waiting actively

Music | Austin musician redeems the time while singing of Christ’s return
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 2/26/19, 09:54 am

At 27, the Austin, Texas–based singer-songwriter Harrison Lemke is too young to have experienced firsthand the rapture fanaticism of the 1970s.

Nevertheless, as the titles of his 2013 single “We Wait” and his 2015 EP Sound Check at the Eschaton imply, hopes and fears associated with the Second Coming haunt the 93 observant and soul-searching lo-fi folk (and sometimes rock) songs that he has recorded and released on six albums, four EPs, and two singles over the last six years.

It’s an impressive output by any standard.

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New or recent releases

by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 2/14/19, 03:33 pm


Mumford & Sons

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Roads now taken

Music | Three new albums put famous poetry to music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 2/14/19, 12:48 pm

Poetry, as it has been said, is like love in that almost anything that one says about it is true. But is almost any music to which a poem can be set somehow “true” as well, if only to the poem’s spirit?

The singers and musicians behind three new albums apparently think so.

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