i haven’t heard of the Baptist Generals until yesterday. they released two records more than ten years ago. I have no idea what happened in the 10 years since then, but Sub Pop announced a new record in Mai. if you order directly from their site, you’ll get the obligatory looser edition and a special 7″ flexi, until they run out.
by now only one song is released, but i expect a really nice americana indie record above average.
from Sub Pop:
On The Baptist Generalsā sophomore album, the word āheartā repeats eight*** times. The Denton, TX band, known for its haunting, claustrophobic take on drunken folk, needed ten full years to bare its heartsāone of which is in the album title, Jackleg Devotional to the Heart, a name that songwriter Chris Flemmons conjured shortly after he recorded, and then trashed, the albumās first attempt in 2005.
Flemmons goes so far as to call this his ālove album,ā and itās an apt descriptionāthough love through The Baptist Generalsā eyes is plenty complicated. Jacklegās hearts donāt resemble valentines. No smooth curls into a final point. The bandās vibraphones, guitarrons and ambient feedback combine like a mess of ventricles, aortas and veinsānot to mention, from the sound of it, all of the blood spilled while Jackleg lurched for years toward an eventual finish line.
Call it a love record, then. Itās the kind of love Flemmons had to figure out in the ten years since The Baptist Generalsā critically-acclaimed 2003 full-length debut No Silver/No Gold, a period in which he admits heās fallen in love with a wild spectrum of musicāthe Ethiopiques series, saxophonist Archie Shepp, film scorer Meredith Willson, and plenty more. That wide spectrum only befits Jacklegās repeated need to buck genre; in fact, the 2005 version of the album hit the trash heap because āit sounded like any other indie rock-type band,ā Flemmons admits. Co-produced by Stuart Sikes (Loretta Lynn, Cat Power, The Walkmen, Modest Mouse, The White Stripes) and the bandās Jason Reimer, Jackleg Devotional to the Heart sounds like exactly no one else.
If you pre-order Jackleg Devotional to the Heart on CD or LP, youāll receive a limited-edition flexi 7" single featuring āFly Candy Harvestā, a song non-album track currently unavailable elsewhere. Also, if you pre-order the record on LP, youāll receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the record. And such is the nature of limited things, these are both a while-supplies-last type of thing.
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive