Musician and animator Lodger
Musician and animator Lodger Musician and animator Lodger
Self-made sensation: Lodger received attention from the global web community, the advertising world and even MTV with its simple but uniquely effective, self-made animation videos.

Artist: Lodger
Album: “Hi-Fi High Lights Down Low”
Label: e-Recall
Release Date: (now on Digital format)

e-Recall - Recall Records’ new digital community - has announced the North American release of Lodger’s Hi-Fi High Lights Down Low. Perfectly embodying e-Recall’s own fun, creative and communal approach to music, Lodger has created a strong buzz with a unique brand of self-promotion and compelling visual imagery.

Lodger built a strong -almost mythical – cult online following (more than 3 million individual visitors to its website) thanks to its simple but uniquely effective, self-made animation videos. Although the bands website has attracted millions of visitors from around the world, it offers very little in the way of information on the people behind the music. Without proper publicity photos, and with the animation videos as the only visual representation of the band, there is a huge mystery surrounding Lodger. Just exactly who/what is Lodger?

We can tell you that Lodger was founded in 2002 in Helsinki, Finland by singer-songwriter Teemu Merilä. Intended primarily a showcase for Merilä’s songs, the band soon found a unique visual outlet in a striking animated video for the song “Doorsteps,” made by bass player/lyricist Hannes Häyhä on his laptop computer. In 2003, “Doorsteps” was chosen as the best Finnish music video of the year. At the BAF03 festival in Bradford, England, it won the award for best Flash animation.

The following year, Doorsteps was one of the highlights of Resfest 2004, a traveling digital film festival that visits more than 35 cities around the world. Yet, that was all just a prelude to the kind of attention the video got on the internet. Interest continued to grow with the release of Lodger’s next video––“I Love Death”––once again featuring the animated antihero “One-Eye”. Lodger’s first album Hi-Fi High Lights Down Low has a sound that matches the band’s videos: hidden underneath the deceptively simple guitar-rock surface are bold melodies and stories unafraid of the big emotions.

e-Recall is the continuation of a proactive step that Recall Records has been taking in the digital space. Through a partnership with iTunes and MTV Europe, Recall lead the successful worldwide release of Guy Ritchie’s 2005 movie soundtrack Revolver in digital-only format. e-Recall has many projects in the works, including the July 4th worldwide exclusive release of L’art De La Nappe - the first album in a new series of compilations from Hotel Costes.

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