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Background information
OriginChicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresIndie rock, electronic music, chamber pop
Years active1999–present
LabelsSaint Marie Records, Acuarela Discos, And Records (Japan), Pocket Records (China)
MembersLindsay Anderson (vocals, keyboards)
Joseph Desler Costa (vocals, guitars)

L'Altra is an indie rock/electronic/chamber pop band from Chicago, Illinois.


L'Altra is an indie rock/electronic band consisting of principle songwriters Joseph Desler Costa and Lindsay Anderson joined by drummer Charles Rumback and guitarist Alessandro Baris. The band is currently split between Chicago, IL and Brooklyn, NY.


L'Altra formed in 1999 in Chicago with original members Ken Dyber, Eben English, Lindsay Anderson, and Joseph Desler Costa.[1] Marc Hellner of Pulseprogramming was also a regular contributor. The band's name is Italian or Català and means "the [feminine] other" or 'other woman.".[2] The band released an EP and two records with Aesthetics Records before English and Dyber left the band. The band continued with Costa and Anderson as a songwriting duo and relying on a loose collective of Chicago based musicians and friends. Their 2002 release In the Afternoon featured a guest appearance from avant-cellistFred Lonberg-Holm.[3] The band continued to tour with members Kevin Duneman and W.W. Lowman, taking the place of the departed rhythm section. In 2005 L'Altra moved to Hefty Records and teamed up with Telefon Tel Aviv's Joshua Eustis who produced and recorded the band's album Different Days. Lindsay Anderson later released a solo album called If (Minty Fresh) while Joseph Costa released a solo effort Lighter Subjects-Costa Music (Stilll) in 2008. In 2008, after a few years hiatus, Lindsay and Joseph began touring again and started to work on new material. The band signed with longtime friend Jesus Llorente's Madrid based label, Acuarela Discos, in 2010 and subsequently released their 4th studio album, Telepathic, in March 2011. In 2012 the band signed to Saint Marie Records and plans to release a deluxe edition of Telepathic in spring 2012.


  • S/T EP (Aesthetics), 1999.
  • Music of a Sinking Occasion (Aesthetics), 2000.
  • In The Afternoon (Aesthetics), 2002.
  • Ouletta 7" (Aesthetics), 2002.
  • Different Days (Hefty Records), 2005.
  • Bring On Happiness EP (Hefty Records), 2005.
  • Lindsay Anderson 'If'(Lindsay solo) (Minty Fresh), 2007.
  • Costa Music 'Lighter Subjects'(Joseph solo) (Stilll, IsCollageCollective), 2008
  • Winter Loves Summer Sun, Single (Crooked House), 2010
  • Telepathic (Acuarela Records), 2011
  • 'Deluxe Edition'Telepathic (Saint Marie Records Records), 2012
Tracks Appear On
  • Yeti One Yeti Publishing LLC 2000
  • Compiled Aesthetics 2001
  • Domino 2001 Ancienne Belgique 2001
  • POPvolume#2 POPnews 2001
  • VPRO De Avonden XMAS 2001 Amekbelevchrist VPRO 2001
  • Acuarela Songs 2 Acuarela Discos 2003
  • Sampler 3 Hang Up 2003
  • Hefty 10 Digest + Prefuse73Mixtape Hefty Records 2006
  • Hefty 10th Anniversary Hefty Records 2006


  1. ^ L'Altra at Allmusic
  2. ^ Review of Different Days. Stylus Magazine, January 25, 2005.
  3. ^ Review of In the Afternoon. Pitchfork Media, May 20, 2002.

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