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An operatically tragic tale is told in Richmond Fontaines 10th studio album, The High Country. More than a concept piece, the Portland, OR four-piece have crafted a song-novel, in which a gripping tale is spun with fully fleshed-out characters, changing scenes, snippets of radio and spoken word passages. Its a spectacularly unique album.
Richmond Fontaines frontman, Willy Vlautin, is a published novelist whose 2006 debut, The Motel Life, has just been turned into a major motion picture directed by the Polsky Brothers and starring Dakota Fanning, Stephen Dorff and Kris Kristofferson. With Richmond Fontaines latest album, hes combined that story-telling prowess with his songwriting gift to stunning effect.
Set in a rural logging community in Oregon, The High Country is a gothic love story between a mechanic and an auto parts store counter girl, whose secret love inspires an effort to escape the darkness of the world that surrounds them. Its a world of drugs, violence, madness, loneliness and desperation set against a backdrop of endless roads and the remains of a forest brutalized by logging. In this story of light versus dark, Vlautin has woven a tale where screw-ups and freaks terrorize the lives of innocents.
From stark, romantic ballads and dialogue sequences to raw Northwest garage rock and cinematic song-scapes, this album sees Richmond Fontaines musical trajectory soar far beyond their cow-punk roots, ably assisted by producer John Askew (The Dodos, Karl Blau).1. Inventory
2. The Girl On The Logging Road
3. The Chainsaw Sea
4. Let Me Dream Of The High Country
5. The Mechanic Falls In Love With The Girl
6. The Mechanics Life
7. Angus King Tries To Leave The House
8. The Meeting On The Logging Road
9. Claude Murrays Breakdown
10. The Eagles Lodge
11. Driving Back To The Chainsaw Sea
12. Lost In The Trees
13. On A Spree
14. Deciding To Run
15. I Can See A Room
16. The Escape
17. Leaving$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Post To WireImport
Richmond Fontaines Post To Wire finally gets the vinyl treatment. What's more, it has a bonus 7 with two previously unreleased songs from the album's recording sessions. These two tracks are included as downloads too.
Post To Wire was released through El Cortez/DÉcor Records on the 12th of April 2004 and caught the attention of Uncuts editor Allan Jones who gave the album a 5 star lead review as Album of the Month as well as placing it number 4 in albums of 2004 year end polls. Uncuts discovery of the year Fans of a certain kind of orphaned Americana are likely to fall on Post To Wire like apostles on The Grail. A dark and mesmerising masterpiece, brilliant. Allan went on to give the band a 5 page feature and numerous glowing live reviews that year.
This type of response helped the band from being an un-discovered US band on their 5th album who previously sold 200 copies in Europe to going on to sell over 10,000 copies of what has been oft described as their masterpiece.
The bands strength are the story-based songs of singer Willy Vlautin, which were often compared to the stark short stories of writers such as Raymond Carver, Bukowski and Larry Brown. Post To Wire landed the band with their first UK release via DÉcor/El Cortez. Four more have followed, the last two, We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River and The High Country have been released on vinyl by Diverse Records. The band played the album in its entirety (along with The High Country) at their London gig in September.1. Longer You Wait
2. Barely Losing
3. Montgomery Park
4. (Walter's on the Lam)
6. (Postcard from California)
7. Two Broken Hearts
9. (Postcard Written With a Broken Hand)
10. Post to Wire
12. Always on the Ride
13. (Postcard Postmarked Phoenix, Az)
14. Allison Johnson
16 Valediction$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now