The brainchild of Los Angeles musician Michael Lee, who grew up taking piano lessons and listening to bands like Orbital
and the Chemical Brothers
, Letting Up Despite Great Faults formed in 2004.
After recording a handful of demo tracks, the band released the seven-song EP, Movement, on L.A.'s New Words Records
in 2006, earning them accolades in the blogosphere and a song ("Disasters Are Okay") on the television program One Tree Hill. In late 2009, Letting Up Despite Great Faults released their self-titled full-length on New Words
, an album Lee recorded in his own home on Ableton Live, a program he had only recently learned. (Though most of the instruments were recorded by Lee himself, for both releases, he utilized the talents of bassist Kent Zambrana and guitarist Patrick Staples, as well as vocalists Lorealle Bishop, Rachel Koukal, and Amy Izushima on the LP). The album, a mix between Postal Service
, Lali Puna
, and +/-
, and mastered by veteran engineer Jeff Lipton of Magnetic Fields'
fame, received more attention in the online music world, and Letting Up Despite Great Faults -- which as a live band consisted of Lee, Zambrana, Koukal, and guitarist Chris Gregory -- continued to play shows around their native California. The EP Paper Crush appeared in 2011. In 2012, Letting Up Despite Great Faults released its sophomore full-length album Untogether on Rallye
. ~ Marisa Brown, Rovi