Inger Lorre is often seen as a musician’s musician and has worked with the likes of Iggy Pop, Jeff Buckley and Henry Rollins; her notoriety has frequently eclipsed her darkly beautiful music. Inger’s legacy remains haunted by the infamy of a band (the Nymphs) that burned brightly all too briefly before imploding in a devastation of bereavement and misguided record company dealings.
Inger Lorre’s cult following remain loyal. Her releases are scarce but cherished. Josie Cotton has signed Lorre to her boutique label for her first solo studio album since Transcendental Medication. Gloryland is a collection of 10 new songs, taking Inger into uncharted musical territory but still imbued with the elements of loss, despair and redemption that echo her challenging life experiences.
With Gloryland Inger celebrates her unique voice with total freedom, crossing genres from singer-songwriter to Americana and gospel. Working with Nashville multi-instrumentalist Buddy Woodward, she creates gorgeous oceans of sound with esoteric string instruments, alongside Angelique Congleton on bass, Eric Contreras on drums, Matt Lee on electric guitar, Jordan Shapiro on pedal steel guitar and Paul Roessler (Screamers, 45 Grave, Nina Hagen, Twisted Roots) on keyboards. Gloryland is produced by Paul Roessler (Lords of Altamont, TSOL, Richie Ramone) & Inger Lorre.
The album opens with the fragile beauty of More Real; Inger says: “The song is about everything I knew in my heart unfurling right in front of me. It’s about the wisdom earned through suffering. I looked into becoming a monk, but I was one year too old to be accepted. I want to reject a society that’s vapid & superficial. There’s an innate strength to being female – don’t burn through your life without embracing every stage; maiden, mother, maga, crone”.
Inger laments with the track Coldest Season, “Everything you do wrong, I’ll try to right it, and every spell you cast, I’ll try to fight it; you are the single match that set my world on fire”.
Death is a Horizon is the sound of someone who has stared death down and exorcised her demons to emerge stronger.
Jeff Buckley once called Inger Lorre The Patron Saint of Fucked Over Musicians. All these years later, she’s still walking through fire.