Califone + Tony Dekker (Great Lake Swimmers)
Friday 22 November 2013 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Stitches, the new album from Califone, touches on all permutable definitions of the word, its episodes of discomfort and healing rendered with exquisite beauty and craftsmanship. Archetypes and mythological figures rub shoulders with bruised civilians throughout this odyssey.
Intimate timbres–garage sale drum machines, slack guitar strings, hushed vocals–offset the album’s cinematic inclinations. The listener moves through a landscape of Old Testament blood and guts, spaghetti Western deserts and Southwestern horizons, zeroing in on emotions and images that cannot be glanced over. Motes of dust dance briefly in afternoon sunlight.
“This is the only record I’ve made in my life where none of the work was done in Chicago,” says Califone’s Tim Rutili. The writing and recording began in Southern California, then continued in Arizona and Texas. “Those dry landscapes and beaches and hills and shopping malls all made it into the music,” he acknowledges. Uniquely homespun elements are interwoven into the songs, too, including sounds Rutili recorded in his backyard during rainfall and while driving in his car.
Brass, pedal steel, and strings color in the edges and outline songs like “Frosted Tips,” “We Are A Payphone,” “Moonbath.brainsalt.a.holy
Joining Califone will be Tony Dekker, front man of Canadian folk Great Lake Swimmers. Dekker has said his influences include Gram Parsons and Hank Williams. ” Music is interesting because it brings people together, and the more that I do this the more I realize the importance to that. ”
Tony Dekker’s album Prayer of the Woods is now available for pre-order in North America (Europe/UK/GSA will be available in November). The album features 10 tracks: 8 new and original songs as well as covers of “Land of the Glass Pinecones” by ’80s new wave act Human Sexual Response and “Carefree Highway” by Gordon Lightfoot.
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