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.

The Details

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

Price $22.98

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