Long Conversations and the Closet Orchestra is an indie-folk band from Leiden, Holland, started as a solo-project in 2007 by singer-songwriter Olaf Caarls (guitar, vocals, harmonica). After growing into a four-piece band (adding drums, bass, and cello) LCATCO won the Grote Prijs van Zuid-Holland, played in the traveling Popronde festival, and made it to the finals of the Grote Prijs van Nederland, playing to a sold-out Paradiso. Long Conversations has played many shows in the Netherlands, most of them in small bars and people’s living rooms, but also supported Dutch band a balladeer in Tivoli (Utrecht) and De Nieuwe Nor (Heerlen), and sometimes even transform into a full rock-and-roll band for shows in Leiden’s LVC. Caarls played a few solo shows in the US (Austin, San Francisco, New York, a.o.) and in the spring of 2010 the band went on their first European tour, through Switzerland and Italy. In 2007 Caarls released a solo EP (“Groningen”) followed by the band’s first full-length, “The Getaway”, in January 2009. They are currently working on their second album.