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Albums Of The Week: Rachael & Vilray | I Love A Love Song!

They don't write ’em like that anymore, folks say. Clearly, they haven't heard the jazz guitarist & the Lake Street Dive singer channel the classic songcraft of Tin Pan Alley.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Rachael & Vilray — the duo of Lake Street Dive singer-songwriter Rachael Price and guitarist and singer-songwriter Vilray — deliver more timeless songcraft with their second studio album I Love a Love Song!

Recorded at United Recording in Los Angeles, CA, the 12-track album was produced, engineered and mixed by Dan Knobler and features arrangements from Jacob Zimmerman. All songs were written by Vilray except for the 1930’s classic Goodnight My Love, which was written by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel.

Of the single Is A Good Man Real?, Vilray says, “Like The Lady Is A Tramp (1937), which implies unsaid volumes about high society scolds, describing normal activities then dismissing them snootily, the song is a portrait of the singer’s life drawn in negative space. Rachael sings about decidedly ordinary courtesies and wonders tartly if the man exists who can offer them to her — and we glean much about the awful men she’s been dating without her mentioning them.”

Price and Vilray began performing together in 2015, although they first met in 2003 as students at the New England Conservatory of Music. Vilray formed a couple of bands with Price’s soon-to-be bandmates in Lake Street Dive — Price recalls he had a nimble mind and quick wit when it came to lyrics. It was more than a decade later that Price and Vilray began to collaborate. She had been on the road much of each year with Lake Street Dive and he had been developing his own solo act, just voice and guitar.

Price saw Vilray play a very short set of covers and said she wanted in. In the years since they began, their configuration has ranged from an intimate duo, to the nine-piece formation heard on I Love A Love Song! No matter the setup on stage, friends Rachael and Vilray sing right to each other, tell stories about how these original songs came to be, and relate them to the many old love songs they love to love.”