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  • God's Favorite Customer God's Favorite Customer Quick View

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    God's Favorite Customer


    Written largely in New York between summer 2016 and winter
    2017, Josh Tillman's fourth Father John Misty LP, God's Favorite
    Customer, reflects on the experience of being caught between
    the vertigo of heartbreak and the manic throes of freedom.


    God's Favorite Customer reveals a bittersweetness and directness
    in Tillman's songwriting, without sacrificing any of his wit or
    taste for the absurd. From "Mr. Tillman," where he trains his lens
    on his own misadventure, to the cavernous pain of estrangement
    in "Please Don't Die," Tillman plays with perspective throughout
    to alternatingly hilarious and devastating effect. "We're Only
    People (And There's Not Much Anyone Can Do About That)" is a
    meditation on our inner lives and the limitations we experience in
    our attempts to give and receive love. It stands in solidarity with
    the title track, which examines the ironic relationship between
    forgiveness and sin. Together, these are songs that demand to
    know either real love or what comes after, and as the album
    progresses, that entreaty leads to discovering the latter's true
    stakes.


    God's Favorite Customer was produced by Tillman and recorded
    with Jonathan Rado (Foxygen), Dave Cerminara (Jonathan
    Wilson, Foster the People, Conor Oberst), and Trevor Spencer
    (FJM). The album features contributions from Haxan Cloak,
    Natalie Mering of Weyes Blood, longtime collaborator Jonathan
    Wilson, and members of Misty's touring band.

    1. Hangout at the Gallows
    2. Mr. Tillman
    3. Just Dumb Enough to Try
    4. Date Night
    5. Please Don't Die
    6. The Palace
    7. Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All
    8. God's Favorite Customer
    9. The Songwriter
    10. We're Only People (And There's Not Much Anyone Can Do About That)
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  • I Love You, Honeybear I Love You, Honeybear Quick View

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    I Love You, Honeybear

    I Love You, Honeybear was recorded intermittently from 2013 to 2014 in Echo Park, Los Angeles and produced with Jonathan Wilson, whom I also recorded and produced 2012's Fairly Fun with. There's a case to be made that it sounds and acts a bit like solo-era John Lennon, Scott Walker, Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, and Dory Previn, while taking more than a few cues from Woody Allen, Kurt Vonnegut, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Muhammad Ali. Blammo.


    It has a decidedly more soulful presence than Fear Fun, due in no small part to the fact that I am truly singing my ass off all over this motherfucker. The album is really characterized by the scope and ambition of the arrangements. Nearly every tune is augmented by something special, be it orchestral strings, a mariachi band, questionable electronic drum solos, ragtime jazz combos, soul singers, or what have you. I'm pretty sure there's a sitar in there somewhere. Blammo. My ambition, aside from making an indulgent, soulful, and epic sound worthy of the subject matter, was to address the sensuality of fear, the terrifying force of love,
    the unutterable pleasures of true intimacy, and the destruction of emotional and intellectual prisons in my own voice. Blammo.


    This material demanded a new way of being made, and it took a lot of time before the process revealed itself. The massive, deranged shmaltz I heard in my head, and knew had to be the sound of this record, originated a few years ago while Emma and I were hallucinating in Joshua Tree; the same week I wrote the title track. I chased that sound for the entire year and half we were recording. The means by which it was achieved bore a striking resemblance to the travails, abandon and transformation of loving someone. There: I said it. Blammo.

    -Josh Tillman, aka Father John Misty


    I Love You, Honeybear was produced by Josh Tillman and Jonathan Wilson, mixed
    by Phil Ek, and mastered by Greg Calbi.

    1. I Love You, Honeybear
    2. Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)
    3. True Affection
    4. The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apt.
    5. When You're Smiling and Astride Me
    6. Nothing Good Ever Happens at the Goddamn Thirsty Crow
    7. Strange Encounter
    8. The Ideal Husband
    9. Bored in the USA
    10. Holy Shit
    11. I Went to the Store One Day
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    Fear Fun

    Father John Misty is the nom-de-plume of Josh Tillman, who has been releasing solo albums since 2003 and who recently left Seattle's Fleet Foxes after playing drums from 2008-2011. Fear Fun consists of such disparate elements as Waylon Jennings, Harry Nilsson, Arthur Russell, and Physical Graffiti, often within the same song. Tillman's voice has never been better, while the music maintains a dark, mysterious yet playful quality. Fear Fun is Father John Misty's Sub Pop debut and was produced by Phil Ek (Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes).
    1. Funtimes in Babylon
    2. Nancy From Now On
    3. Hollywood Forever Cemetary Sings
    4. I'm Writing a Novel
    5. O I Long to Feel Your Arms Around Me
    6. Misty's Nightmares 1 & 2
    7. Only Son of the Ladiesman
    8. This Is Sally Hatchet
    9. Well, You Can Do It Without Me
    10. Now I'm Learning to Love the War
    11. Tee Pees 1-12
    12. Everyman Needs a Companion
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    Fanfare

    Jonathan Wilson returns in 2013 with Fanfare, an epic, grandiose and highly ambitious production that builds upon the success of his Bella Union debut.


    With 2011's critically-lauded Gentle Spirit, audiences worldwide were introduced to the prodigious talents of singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and unrivalled guitar hero Jonathan Wilson. Gentle Spirit's authentic exploration and modern updating of the Laurel Canyon sound earned it high marks on many year-end lists, including those of MOJO (#4), Uncut (#16) and The Guardian (#28). The eagerly-awaited follow-up, Fanfare, is an even more ambitious production that instantly conjures thoughts of Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue.


    'Fanfare as a word represents a fanciful showing, a bodacious movement of energy, a celebration of sound, Wilson explains. Something to signify an arrival, a special occasion. In this case, it's also the immense opening song that builds into a multilayered cinematic poem from the artist to channel the perfect love song through his piano. As a declaration of intent, it's a powerful statement.


    From the initial idea of the record, I knew I wanted a concert Steinway piano to be the centerpiece--the beating heart--of Fanfare. I was going for this sort of widescreen sound. I wanted strings, horns, vibes, voices, solos, improvisation and a full orchestra on some of the tunes. Having that 9-foot Steinway was central to achieving the sound that I wanted.


    Fanfare was made in Los Angeles over a 9-month period. Featuring vocal and instrumental contributions from heavy friends like Graham Nash, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty), Wilco's Patrick Sansone, Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith and Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, the album is a celebration of friends and family. Additionally, Wilson and British folk legend Roy Harper co-wrote several songs on the record.


    Sometimes Wilson seems to need a pinch to believe his good fortune: There are an awful lot of wizards on this album. Wizards of all ages and life experiences. All these amazing voices and musicians. There is a high degree of musical prowess and pedigree here. Cross-generational musical sharing and passing down traditions is very important to me and something that must continue. This is the way you keep the Fanfare's blowing, this is how you keep the energies interacting.


    - Contact Music

    1. Fanfare
    2. Dear Friend
    3. Her Hair Is Growing Long
    4. Love To Love
    5. Future Vision
    6. Moses Pain
    7. Cecil Taylor
    8. Illumination
    9. Desert Trip
    10. Fazon
    11. New Mexico
    12. Lovestrong
    13. All the Way Down
    Jonathan Wilson
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    Pure Comedy (Deluxe)

    Deluxe 2xLPs Are Housed In A Die-Cut Customizable Jacket With 4 Interactive "Background" Dust Sleeves (Four Different Sky Color Schemes To Choose From)


    Housed In An Outer Plastic Slipcase.


    Includes A Tri-Fold Poster & Holographic Tarot Card


    Pure Comedy, Father John Misty's third album, is a complex, often-sardonic, and, equally often, touching meditation on the confounding folly of modern humanity. Father John Misty is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Josh Tillman. Tillman has released two widely acclaimed albums - Fear Fun (2012) and I Love You, Honeybear (2015) - and the recent "Real Love Baby" single as Father John Misty, and recently contributed to songs by BeyoncÉ, Lady Gaga, and Kid Cudi.


    While we could say a lot about Pure Comedy - including that it is a bold, important album in the tradition of American songwriting greats like Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, and Leonard Cohen - we think it's best to let its creator describe it himself. Take it away, Mr. Tillman: Pure Comedy is the story of a species born with a half-formed brain. The species' only hope for survival, nding itself on a cruel, unpredictable rock surrounded by other species who seem far more adept at this whole thing (and to whom they are delicious), is the reliance on other, slightly older, half-formed brains. This reliance takes on a few different names as their story unfolds, like "love," "culture," "family," etc. Over time, and as their brains prove to be remarkably good at inventing meaning where there is none, the species becomes the purveyor of increasingly bizarre and sophisticated ironies. These ironies are designed to help cope with the species' loathsome vulnerability and to try and reconcile how disproportionate their imagination is to the monotony of their existence. Something like that.


    Pure Comedy was recorded in 2016 at the legendary United Studios (Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Beck) in Hollywood, CA. It was produced by Father John Misty and Jonathan Wilson, with engineering by Misty's longtime sound-person Trevor Spencer and orchestral arrangements by renowned composer/double-bassist Gavin Bryars (known for extensive solo work, and work with Brian Eno, Tom Waits, Derek Bailey).

    LP 1
    1. Pure Comedy
    2. Total Entertainment Forever
    3. Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution
    4. Ballad of the Dying Man
    5. Birdie
    6. Leaving LA


    LP 2
    1. A Bigger Paper Bag
    2. When the God of Love Returns There'll Be Hell to Pay
    3. Smoochie
    4. Two Wildly Different Perspectives
    5. The Memo
    6. So I'm Growing Old on Magic Mountain
    7. In Twenty Years or So

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    Pure Comedy

    Standard 2x Black Vinyl Housed In A Gatefold Jacket


    Comes With 1 Of 4 Different Cover Color Schemes With Custom Dust Sleeves - Shipped At Random


    Pure Comedy, Father John Misty's third album, is a complex, often-sardonic, and, equally often, touching meditation on the confounding folly of modern humanity. Father John Misty is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Josh Tillman. Tillman has released two widely acclaimed albums - Fear Fun (2012) and I Love You, Honeybear (2015) - and the recent "Real Love Baby" single as Father John Misty, and recently contributed to songs by BeyoncÉ, Lady Gaga, and Kid Cudi.


    While we could say a lot about Pure Comedy - including that it is a bold, important album in the tradition of American songwriting greats like Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, and Leonard Cohen - we think it's best to let its creator describe it himself. Take it away, Mr. Tillman: Pure Comedy is the story of a species born with a half-formed brain. The species' only hope for survival, nding itself on a cruel, unpredictable rock surrounded by other species who seem far more adept at this whole thing (and to whom they are delicious), is the reliance on other, slightly older, half-formed brains. This reliance takes on a few different names as their story unfolds, like "love," "culture," "family," etc. Over time, and as their brains prove to be remarkably good at inventing meaning where there is none, the species becomes the purveyor of increasingly bizarre and sophisticated ironies. These ironies are designed to help cope with the species' loathsome vulnerability and to try and reconcile how disproportionate their imagination is to the monotony of their existence. Something like that.


    Pure Comedy was recorded in 2016 at the legendary United Studios (Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Beck) in Hollywood, CA. It was produced by Father John Misty and Jonathan Wilson, with engineering by Misty's longtime sound-person Trevor Spencer and orchestral arrangements by renowned composer/double-bassist Gavin Bryars (known for extensive solo work, and work with Brian Eno, Tom Waits, Derek Bailey).

    LP 1
    1. Pure Comedy
    2. Total Entertainment Forever
    3. Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution
    4. Ballad of the Dying Man
    5. Birdie
    6. Leaving LA


    LP 2
    1. A Bigger Paper Bag
    2. When the God of Love Returns There'll Be Hell to Pay
    3. Smoochie
    4. Two Wildly Different Perspectives
    5. The Memo
    6. So I'm Growing Old on Magic Mountain
    7. In Twenty Years or So

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  • Too Dumb for Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs Too Dumb for Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs Quick View

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    Too Dumb for Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs

    Vinyl Includes A Cover Of "Trump's Private Pilot" By Father John Misty


    Well here it is. About one year in the making, all my Trump songs in one place. Most of these songs were written and recorded quickly, with the blood still boiling from whatever indignity or absurdity had popped up on my newsfeed that day. Certainly, Trump Tower was written in the rotten dawn, days after Trump's win. Let's hope I don't write any more of these, but I probably will. Thanks to Davin Wood for playing piano on Trump Tower, and thanks to Jonathan Rado, who produced and played on a good number of these (the ones you hear some of that beautiful tape hiss on mostly) - his tribute to Steve Nieve on Imperial Bedroom is particularly inspired. Thanks to Kane Ritchotte and Max Whipple for providing the best rhythm section a boy could ask for, and to Jordan Katz, Taylor Plenn and David Ralicke for laying down some sweet horns on Wilbur Ross. Thanks to Vic Berger for adding some backups to Sentencing Day and for usually being the first audience for these tunes. Thanks to Josh Tillman for surprising me with a tear-inducing cover of Trump's Private Pilot and for allowing us to include it here. Same goes to Andrew Bird for having me over, letting me use our live session and adding beautiful violin and harmony to Trump Talkin' Nukes.


    Finally, NO thanks to Paul Simon who didn't let us include I Am A Cuck - you fucker.

    1. Trump Tower
    2. Imperial Bathroom
    3. Richard Spencer
    4. For Chan
    5. Mar A Lago
    6. Trump's Private Pilot
    7. MAGA
    8. Wilbur Ross
    9. Cooked Chinese Chicken
    10. Trump Talkin' Nukes
    11. Sentencing Day
    12. Trump's Private Pilot (Father John Misty version)
    13. Trump Talkin' Nukes (Live with Andrew Bird) [Bonus Track]
    Tim Heidecker
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  • Passwords Passwords Quick View

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    Passwords


    On the group's sixth album, Passwords, inspiration pulls guitarist/singer
    Taylor Goldsmith, drummer Griffin Goldsmith, bassist Wylie
    Gelber, and keyboardist Lee Pardini into their most universal, topical
    territory to date. This is a record about the modern world: the relationships
    that fill it, the politics that divide it, the small victories and big
    losses that give it shape. Taylor's writing is personal at points - the
    result of his recent engagement, which lends a sense of gravity and
    self-reflection to album highlights like Time Flies Either Way and I
    Can't Love - but it also zooms out, focusing not on the director
    himself, but on everything within the lens.


    Passwords, produced by Jonathan Wilson (Father John Misty, Roger
    Waters, Conor Oberst) is Dawes' sixth studio album.

    LP 1
    1. Living In The Future
    2. Stay Down
    3. Crack The Case
    4. Feed The Fire
    5. My Greatest Invention


    LP 2
    1. Telescope
    2. I Can't Love
    3. Mistakes We Should Have Made
    4. Never Gonna Say Goodbye
    5. Time Flies Either Way

    Dawes
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  • Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son Quick View

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    Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

    Damien is out of his goddamn mind.


    This isn't a recent development, but it's an important aspect of his work that often goes ignored. In place of
    this key element is the idea that his music is a sober and in-depth excavation of the American landscape and
    rural psyche. Well, folks,I'm sorry, but it's not.


    Damien Jurado is every character in every Damien Jurado song. He is the gun,the purple anteater,the paper
    wings, the avalanche, the airshow disaster, Ohio, the ghost of his best friend's wife. It is a universe unto its
    own,with it's own symbolism, creation myth, and liturgy. You might go as far as to call it a religion, and your
    religion is a character in his religion.


    Level with me. You're reading this because of Damien Jurado's new album,Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal
    Son (produced by Richard Swift). You are a progressive minded, left-leaning person who in parlor-style
    conversation regarding the globo-political ramifications of Sky Person relationships laughs knowingly so as
    not to be judgmental and very reasonably concedes "Well, I don't believe He's some old man with a beard
    sitting up in the clouds" at which point everyone agrees on [insert benign middle-ground] and moves on.


    Consider this:What if the only way to understand a religion is to create your own?


    Who is this Silver community? Where the hell are they in the Bible? Is this heresy? Agnostic reference? Isn't
    this sun business a little, I don't know, animistic? Pagan? Go ahead and answer that question for yourself. I'll
    give you a second.


    Do you understand the music any better?


    You know that adage we all use so we have something to say while we shrug our shoulders? "People change"?
    That one. Is that applicable to Jesus Christ? Maybe he's been on a personal journey of discovery since he
    ascended. He went through the 60's, 70's,he turned on,tuned out, got disillusioned. Why can't we talk about
    that Jesus? Does it have to be the old-timey one all the time? American folk Jesus,ugh. The one who's always
    winning Best Soundtrack Oscars for people. Rarely do stories of faith make us identify with Jesus. It's
    Abraham, Satan, Silver Timothy, Salome, Dr.J, Saul of Tarsus; divinely imperfect brothers and sisters who give
    Gawd something to do.


    Damien Jurado made up his own Jesus because a Damien Jurado album needs a beautiful Jesus. Some freaky
    space Jesus that I don't recognize. The name is the same, a lot of the imagery is the same, but he's reborn.
    Born again,I mean. Yeah, as if Jesus got born again. That's what this album sounds like.


    Jesus is out of his goddamn mind and I want to live in Damien's America.


    Sign me up.


    --- Father John Misty; 09-20-2013

    1. Magic Number
    2. Silver Timothy
    3. Return To Maraqopa
    4. Metallic Cloud
    5. Jericho Road
    6. Silver Donna
    7. Silver Malcolm
    8. Silver Katherine
    9. Silver Joy
    10. Suns In Our Mind
    Damien Jurado
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    Carry The Ghost

    Though only a little more than a year has passed since the 2014 release of Ledges, Carry The Ghost finds an older, more sophisticated Gundersen attempting the difficult work of unraveling our purpose here, searching for answers about the nature of man and the meaning of our relationships. Produced by Gundersen and mixed by Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Band Of Horses), Carry The Ghost explores issues of self-discovery and existentialism with an erudite sophistication across 13 magnificent tracks.
    LP1
    1. Slow Dancer
    2. Halo (Disappear/Reappear)
    3. Selfish Art
    4. Show Me The Light
    5. The Difference
    6. Silver Bracelet
    7. I Need A Woman


    LP2
    1. Jealous Love
    2. Empty From The Start
    3. Blossom
    4. Topless Dancer
    5. Heartbreaker
    6. Planted Seeds

    Noah Gundersen
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    Double Roses

    Pressed 180-Gram White Vinyl With Smoky Black Swirl


    First new album in seven years from English singer/songwriter and model Karen Elson. This set includes collaborations with Patrick Carney (The Black Keys), Father John Misty, Pat Sansone (Wilco), Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), Laura Marling, Nate Wolcott, Paul Cartwright, and Dhani Harrison. Follow up to the critically acclaimed The Ghost Who Walks.

    1. Wonder Blind
    2. Double Roses
    3. Call Your Name
    4. Hell and High Water
    5. The End
    6. Raven
    7. Why Am I Waiting
    8. A Million Stars
    9. Wolf
    10. Distant Shore
    Karen Elson
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    Visions Of Us On The Land

    "Damien Jurado is every character in every Damien Jurado song. He is the gun, the purple anteater, the
    paper wings, the avalanche, the air show disaster, Ohio, the ghost of his best friend's wife."

    - Father John Misty


    Providing the ideal entry point for neophytes and an intoxicating aural high for the faithful, Damien
    Jurado's new opus extends the hot streak ignited by 2012's Maraqopa and its 2014 follow-up Brothers and
    Sisters of the Eternal Son. Cut once again with label-mate and super producer Richard Swift at the latter's
    National Freedom recording facility in rural Oregon, Visions of Us On The Land completes the tale of an
    individual who has had to disappear from society in order to discover some universal truths.

    1. Amateur Night
    2. Omaha
    3. Abilene
    4. Texas To Ohio
    5. Window
    6. I Can't Get Over You
    7. Intoxicated Hands
    8. Tether
    9. Matinee
    10. Bad Dreams
    11. Abilene (demo)
    12. I Can't Get Over You (demo)
    13. The Killer (demo)
    14. Amateur Night (demo)
    15. Omaha (demo)
    16. Smith 1972 (Just In Time For Something EP)
    17. Motion Sickness (Just In Time For
    Something EP)
    18. Night Out For The Downer (Just In
    Time For Something EP)
    19. Prices (Just In Time For Something
    EP)
    20. Engine Fire (Just In Time For
    Something EP)
    Damien Jurado
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    Death Song

    The Black Angels - Austin's psych rock masters - have confirmed details for their upcoming album, 'Death Song.,' the five-piece's first full-length release in four years.


    Written and recorded in large part during the recent election cycle, the music on 'Death Song' serves as part protest, part emotional catharsis in a climate dominated by division, anxiety and unease. "Currency," a strong contender for the heaviest song the band has ever put to wax, meditates on the governing role the monetary system plays in our lives, while slow-building psychedelic earworm "Half Believing" questions the nature and confusing realities of devotion.


    Recorded between Seattle and Austin, 'Death Song' features production from Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, The Shins). The 11-track collection offers a sharply honed elaboration on their signature sound - menacing fuzz guitar and cutting wordplay, steeped in a murky hallucinatory dream.


    Since forming in Austin in 2004, The Black Angels have become standard-bearers for modern psych-rock, and the New York Times has said they "play psychedelic rock as if the 1960s never ended, and they are absolute masters of it".


    The band has toured with Queens of the Stone Age, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Black Keys + more, and played festivals such as Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, Primavera, Harvest Fest, Coachella and Bonnaroo. Two of the band members co-founded Levitation Festival (formerly Austin Psych Fest) in 2008, which has since grown into one of the best-reviewed and expertly-curated festivals in the country.

    LP 1
    1. Currency
    2. I'd Kill For Her
    3. Half Believing
    4. Comanche Moon
    5. Hunt Me Down
    6. Grab As Much (As You Can)


    LP 2
    1. Estimate
    2. I Dreamt
    3. Medicine
    4. Life Song
    5. Death March

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    Shelter


    London-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney follows her 2015 Nonesuch debut, The Longest River, with Shelter, also set for release via Nonesuch Records. The album was produced by Thomas Bartlett (David Byrne, Nico Muhly, The Magnetic Fields, Sufjan Stevens, The National, St. Vincent, Father John Misty, et al.) and features eight original songs, along with Chaney's interpretations of Purcell's O Solitude and Frank Harford and Tex Ritter's Long Time Gone, first recorded by the Everly Brothers.


    Chaney describes her time writing songs for Shelter: I had been on the road a lot and was struggling with the grit and loneliness of urban life. I think I'd been questioning what home, belonging, a sense of purpose, and my own culture even meant. I'd been craving wilderness and a return to essentials for a long time. Then, while touring in the US, I realized the place I needed was already in my life. It was ancient, barely habitable, and remote.


    Thus a crumbling eighteenth-century cottage in the austere but magical hills of the North Yorkshire Moors-a family retreat since my teens, with no electricity or plumbing, where the only water comes from a spring-became the home for my work on Shelter, she continues. We brought out an Arts and Crafts Bechstein piano and an old wood burner to the house; and as summer's end turned to autumn's shorter, colder days, the room with the upright and stove fueled my stay.


    Chaney says of working with Thomas Bartlett, His close affiliation with such a varied and acclaimed group of artists was of enormous importance. His taste and sphere of understanding were as diverse as mine. He prioritized my compositions' meaning and lyricism, rather than jumping on the bandwagon of noisy popularity. I wanted a recording as intimate as the songs and their form. The only other musicians are Thomas and Jordan Hunt, my longtime collaborator who adds strings on select songs. It's just the three of us playing every sound you hear, using our instrumental and compositional craft, and Thomas' musician-producer's ear extraordinaire.


    Born in Florence, Italy, Chaney grew up in Oxford, England, in a household whose intellectual and artistic engagement was complemented by an expansive musical soundscape. This included Billie Holiday, Mozart operas, Sandy Denny, Prince, Tracy Chapman, Bert Jansch, Michael Jackson, and Joni Mitchell. She studied at London's Royal Academy of Music, where she took in everything the conservatory had to offer. Her curiosity led her further afield, from Ligeti to West African pop, Edith Piaf to Laurie Anderson, Mary Margaret O'Hara to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Sonic Youth to Sappho, Kate Bush to old-time country music-all while finding her own voice.


    The range of artists she's shared a stage with includes Robert Plant, Zero 7, the Labeque Sisters, Martin and Eliza Carthy, and Kronos Quartet, with whom she also recorded two songs for the 2017 Nonesuch album Folk Songs. Most recently she fronted a Grammy-nominated album, The Queen of Hearts, forming a new outfit, Offa Rex, with The Decemberists. The Guardian's review of that album said that Chaney has a magical voice, full of heft, soul and sunlight, and fRoots said, Chaney has never sounded better, while the Arts Desk said it was her voice, with its clarity, power and emotional weight, that carries Offa Rex to the heights. The Financial Times added that Chaney's singing makes 'Willie O' Winsbury' one of the best versions ever.

    1. Shelter
    2. Dragonfly

    3. Arches
    4. IOU
    5. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    6. Colin and Clem
    7. O Solitude
    8. Long Time Gone

    9. Roman Holiday
    10. House on a Hill
    Olivia Chaney
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