RIYL: Woods, Cass McCombs, Akron/Family
Label: Dead Oceans
It’s the stuff of legend. ¬†Kevin Morby (Woods, The Babies) moves to a quaint little Los Angeles apartment in 2014 and finds an upright piano that was left behind by the previous tenants. ¬†Equipped with the piano is an intro guide to basic piano chords. ¬†As if blessed by the gods themselves, Morby began to construct the songs for his third full-length, Singing Saw, on this reverent upright¬†and thus changed his sound and songwriting style in the process.
Fans of Woods’ With Life and With Love will immediately take¬†to Morby’s use of syrupy Sly Stoned drum machines, but if Singing Saw‘s album trailer is any indication, this will be a much moodier affair than any Woods output. ¬†Like the Leonard Cohen songs of old, there is a respect for space embedded in the layers, and the results have a wintery melancholic feel.
Dead Oceans has a¬†bundle offer if you want the limited green wax. ¬†You’ll get a CD (or a beer coaster in my house), an 11×17 poster that will indeed be folded, and¬†a set of 5 postcards featuring photographs taken by Kevin Morby. ¬†Perhaps it’s time to write your congressman and tell them that we, the collectors, aren’t into folded posters? ¬†It’s time for a revolution.
Singing Saw on limited edition dark green vinyl LP (while supplies last)
Singing Saw on CD
Set of 5 postcards featuring photographs by Kevin Morby
11"x17" poster featuring album art
Digital download code for the album (as a .zip file containing 320kbps mp3s), redeemable on April 1, 2016, two weeks before release date
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive