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Alternative & Indie - Released October 13, 2017 | Downtown JV

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In the latest edition of the hipster series, Lawrence Rothman seems to be the world champion. An androgynous face (and voice) made for the glossy pages of fashion magazines, a passion for the noteworthy transformations in Cindy Sherman’s photography (Rothman changes his look with every clip!) and packed full with friends who came to lend a helping hand (Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth, Angel Olsen, Marissa Nadler, Duff McKagan from Guns’N’Roses, Stella Mozgawa from Warpaint, Tom Krell a.k.a. How To Dress Well, the bassist Pino Palladino, Kristin Kontrol from Dum Dum Girls…the list goes on!). To our ears, Rothman sounds like the soul dandy/R&B from the 80s. Talk Talk often comes to mind, as well as David Bowie, Depeche Mode or sometimes Prince and, a little closer to home, Ariel Pink and How To Dress Well. But under the glitzy varnish, this début album holds songs with staggering melodies. Some compositions bring a rather cathartic style of writing with which Rothman displays his personal quest for an identity that he defines as non-binary (gender queer). This Californian, who was born in Los Angeles 35 years ago and who claims to love Charles Bukowski just as much as R. Kelly and Tupac Shakur as much as Leonard Cohen, has assured that The Book Of Law is one of the most moving albums of 2017. A highly refined Qobuzissime. © MZ/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released July 16, 2021 | Not A Son and KRO Records

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Lawrence Rothman is fascinating... 2017 found this dandy on The Book of Law, a first (Qobuzissime) album of cathartic songs about this Californian's search for a non-binary (genderqueer) identity. With an androgynous face - and voice - for the glossy pages of fashion magazines, a passion for transformism worthy of photographer Cindy Sherman (he changes his look for every video) and a handpicked cast of friends in support (Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, Angel Olsen, Marissa Nadler, Duff McKagan of Guns N'Roses, Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint), Lawrence Rothman, who says they love Bukowski as much as R. Kelly, looks at first glance like an ephemeral flavour of the month. But that is certainly not the case, and Good Morning America proves it... While the very 80's Book of Law evoked Talk Talk, Bowie, Japan, Depeche Mode, Prince and Ariel Pink, this 2021 release takes some of these influences in a more classical direction, somewhere between new-age Americana and airy, lofty folk. A diversity that makes Lawrence Rothman say that Good Morning America, is about finding a kind of music where "you don't have to check a male or female box ever again and bands can sound like Tom Petty and Anohni on the same record.  This album purges the isolation, toxic masculinity and pain of the past year in search of a new dawn." The Californian musician put this record together with four eclectic, charismatic vocalists that they pulled out from their 5-star address book. The queen of Americana Lucinda Williams, Amanda Shires, Caroline Rose and Katie Pruitt...  The titular America resonates on every song (they are mostly ballads), and the album has the feel about it of the great outdoors (Benadryl and Cereal) or reverb-saturated folk (Thrash the West). Throughout, America's codes and heritage are elegantly mocked by this strange alien crooner named Lawrence Rothman... © Marc Zisman / Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released May 18, 2021 | Not A Son and KRO Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 14, 2021 | Not A Son and KRO Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 28, 2018 | Downtown Records

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Folk - Released May 15, 2020 | KRO RECORDS

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 20, 2020 | KRO RECORDS

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 1, 2016 | Downtown Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 28, 2021 | Not A Son and KRO Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 2, 2015 | Downtown Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 13, 2017 | Downtown JV

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In the latest edition of the hipster series, Lawrence Rothman seems to be the world champion. An androgynous face (and voice) made for the glossy pages of fashion magazines, a passion for the noteworthy transformations in Cindy Sherman’s photography (Rothman changes his look with every clip!) and packed full with friends who came to lend a helping hand (Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth, Angel Olsen, Marissa Nadler, Duff McKagan from Guns’N’Roses, Stella Mozgawa from Warpaint, Tom Krell a.k.a. How To Dress Well, the bassist Pino Palladino, Kristin Kontrol from Dum Dum Girls…the list goes on!). To our ears, Rothman sounds like the dandy soul/R&B from the 80s. Talk Talk often comes to mind, as well as David Bowie, Depeche Mode or sometimes Prince and, a little closer to home, Ariel Pink and How To Dress Well. But under the glitzy varnish, this début album holds songs with staggering melodies. Some compositions bring a rather cathartic style of writing with which Rothman displays his personal quest for an identity that he defines as non-binary (gender queer). This Californian, who was born in Los Angeles 35 years ago and who claims to love Charles Bukowski just as much as R. Kelly and Tupac Shakur as much as Leonard Cohen, has assured that The Book Of Law is one of the most moving albums of 2017. A highly refined Qobuzissime. © MZ/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released July 14, 2021 | Not A Son and KRO Records

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Literature - Released October 11, 2021 | Not A Son and KRO Records

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Electronic - Released July 9, 2020 | KRO RECORDS

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 26, 2018 | Downtown Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 13, 2018 | Downtown Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 8, 2021 | Not A Son and KRO Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 15, 2017 | Downtown JV

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 23, 2018 | Downtown Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 11, 2015 | Downtown Records

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Lawrence Rothman in the magazine
  • Lawrence Rothman: interview & Qobuz session
    Lawrence Rothman: interview & Qobuz session We met up with this fascinating pop dandy for the release of "The Book Of Law", his first Qobuzissime album. And here's the cherry on top: he performs live "Wolves Still Cry", exclusively for Qobuz!