来自美国Pennsylvania的音乐唱作人Lou Rogai，化名为Lewis & Clarke.02年推出首张EP，就被美国独立音乐杂志MAGNET评价为"A Gifted Newcomer".第二年在欧洲厂牌Delboy发行专辑"Bare Bones and Branches"，与Cat Power, Grandaddy, Bonnie "Prince" Billy一起，被某音乐杂志列为Top 50 Albums Of 2003.对部分曲目进行改编并加入三首新曲后，05年这张专辑在美国重新发行.去年的现场专辑Live on WPRB，新旧曲各收录了两首，曲目不多，却足以让人反复聆听.
Lewis & Clarke的音乐风格独特,听着他的音乐就会想起Josh Ritter，Iron&Wine，One Am Radio这类民谣艺人.07年5月发行的新作"Blasts Of Holy Birth"，除了第三首歌找来Lou的好友Hella的Aaron Ross助阵,其余都是Lou Rogai的个人创作.Man Man的Russell Higbee负责竖琴和键盘的演奏，Rachel的Eve Miller负责大提琴.封面则来自美国艺术家Erika Somogyi的画作.
"Blasts Of Holy Birth"以神秘氛围的提琴合弦开场，如同步入茂密而簇叶从生的森林深处.第二支专辑同名曲，轻柔的原声吉他如同静静流淌的溪水，伴着舒缓优美的大提琴，连鼓声都略带忧伤，与Lou Rogai的低声吟唱一起，形成一种微妙的平衡.清冷与空灵气质的拨弦流泻而出的音符，静美迷离一如新作的封面,令人爱不释手.
A wealth of unfettered praise is about to bloom for Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania's Lewis and Clarke if and when their Blasts of Holy Birth falls into the right hands. Parallel to the new universe of delicate, folk-based yacht-rock (see Band of Horses, Iron and Wine, Horse Feathers), but in no way equal, the album uses that world only as a foundation rather than relying on obvious hooks and more obvious instrumentation to pluck at the heartstrings. In some respects even strains of Bright Eyes surface here and there, but surely singer/songwriter Lou Rogai has experienced the overwhelming beauty of lonesome country, rather than listened to a history of lonesome country records.
Instead, Blasts of Holy Birth is a deeply personal record, crafted with a subtle hand that lends to multiple new awakenings with each new listen. The album is more a cohesive exploration into the quiet self, not a batch of songs pasted together like postcards from the road. It's hypnotic and meditative even, blank and quixotic. There's as much an Eastern tinge to Blasts of Holy Birth as there is an instinctive attachment to rural slowcore and the acoustic symphonic.
"Comfort Inn," begins, in earnest, as a soft-spoken, finger-picked, near-hymnal folk, and slowly evolves into a lulling tapestry of intertwining melodies of harp, bowed strings, chimes, and pit-er-pat percussions. "Black Doves" continues towards enlightenment through its introduction of tablas, and dark tones of nothingness. And Rogai's centerpiece, "Before it Breaks You," takes to task combining the many strengths and mysterious hidden mazes of Holy Birth, into a ten-minute epic capable of producing both tears of remembrance and a third-eye vision, should the listener indulge enough in it's multiple folds.
01. Secret Of The Golden Flower
02. Blasts Of Holy Birth
03. Comfort Inn
04. Before It Breaks You
05. Black Doves
06. Crimson Carpets
07. We Think We Have Eyes
08. Be The Air We Breathe