RIYL: Archers of Loaf, Crooked Fingers, Bonnie Prince Billy

Maybe you are an Archers of Loaf fan from way back. Maybe you just discovered Archers of Loaf in recent years with their reunion.
Perhaps you are a Crooked Fingers fan and “Sleep All Summer” played at your wedding.
Or, maybe like me you met Eric Bachmann when he briefly called Colorado home and he opened for Neko Case at the Boulder Theater one hot summer night. You were in that happy inebriated space between reality and intoxication. This was right before his fantastic Saddle Creek record To The Races was released. You stood at the side of the stage and marveled at how one person could make such a stunning sound.

I digress.

Apparently Crooked Fingers is over. And now Eric Bachmann is moving on to be, well, Eric Bachmann. And frankly, I couldn’t be more excited.

The Details

Twenty-five years after Archers of Loaf broke onto Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s vital indie scene, frontman Eric Bachmann is recording the rawest, most honest work of his career under his own name. The March 25 release of Eric Bachmann marks the end of Bachmann’s post-Archers solo project Crooked Fingers, and the beginning of a candid new sound.

Where Archers had attitude and guitar-driven intensity, Eric Bachmann has vulnerability, led by piano, rich vocal harmonies, and Bachmann’s hard-won liberty to lay himself bare. “There is less of an externalized character to be responsible to,” says Bachmann, referring to the sardonic smart-ass who narrated the Archers’ music, or the gossiping storyteller at the helm of Crooked Fingers. “When I think about why I am compelled to put my own name on a thing as a proper title now, all of these various perspectives feel unnecessary.” Even in their exhilarating beauty, the nine original tracks on Eric Bachmann are direct challenges—to social injustice, to precarious love, and frequently to Southern hypocrisy.

Recorded in Asheville, NC, and mixed in Taiwan by Athens, GA, expat engineer Andy Baker, Eric Bachmann features musicians including Jeremy Wheatley, Matthew Nelson, Jon Rauhouse, Tracey Wolf, Samara Waller, Wade Rittenberry, and Liz Durrett, who wrote the track “Carolina.” “My wandering lifestyle has presented only one nugget of clarity in my life: that places do not offer a sense of home for me. People do,” says Bachmann of the ideas that guide him in this new era of his career.

LP will include the bonus track "Boomerang" as a digital download.

All preorders will include a signed poster while supplies last. The first 250 LP preorders will receive limited-edition white vinyl. Preorders will ship to arrive on or around the release date of March 25.

Price $18.98

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