RIYL: Andrew Bird, Conor Oberst, Blitzen Trapper
Note: On Merge’s site they are updating us that they still have these available. – “limited-edition translucent red vinyl still available!”Â If you don’t see this note then they’re probably gone.
M. Ward’s beautiful storytelling returns with that same old gritty alt-country rock haze we’ve come to know and love. I’m not going to lie I’m soooo tired of She & Him records and am happy to see the guy get back to his roots with this release. I can’t wait to dive deep into these tracks.
M. Ward returns with a stunning new album, More Rain, for release on Merge Records on March 4, 2016. Ward has released a string of acclaimed solo albums over the past several years, along with five LPs with Zooey Deschanel as She & Him and a 2009 collaborative album with My Morning Jacketâ€™s Jim James and Bright Eyesâ€™ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis under the moniker Monsters of Folk. In addition to his celebrated work as a musician, Ward is an accomplished producer, handling those duties for such luminaries as Mavis Staples, Jenny Lewis, and Carlos Forster as well as his own musical projects.
This album, Wardâ€™s eighth solo affair, finds the artist picking up the tempo and volume a bit from his previous release, 2012â€™s A Wasteland Companion. Where that record introspectively looked in from the outside, More Rain finds Ward on the inside, gazing out. Begun four years ago and imagined initially as a DIY doo-wop album that would feature Ward experimenting with layering his own voice, it soon branched out in different directions, a move that he credits largely to his collaborators here who include R.E.M.â€™s Peter Buck, Neko Case, k.d. lang, The Secret Sisters, and Joey Spampinato of NRBQ. The result is a collection of upbeat, sonically ambitious yet canonically familiar songs that both propel Wardâ€™s reach and satisfy longtime fans.
â€śI think one of the biggest mysteries of America right now is this: How are we able to process unending bad news on Page One and then go about our lives the way the style section portrays us?â€ť says Ward. â€śThere must be a place in our brains that allows us to take a birdâ€™s-eye view of humanity, and I think music is good at helping peopleâ€”myself includedâ€”go to that place.â€ť
The first 750 preorders will receive limited-edition translucent red vinyl. Preorders will ship to arrive on or around the release date of March 4.
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