RIYL: Love, Townes Van Zandt, Black Mountain

Label: Thrill Jockey

Throughout its veering paths and character changes, the story of Entrance begins and ends with Guy Blakeslee.  The beginnings were steeped in Mississippi Delta blues, a sole man, a guitar and his many stories.  While Skip James and Charley Patton may have provided the backbone inspiration for the project, Blakeslee added layers of Appalachian folk and lofi psychedelia to the formula, creating his own brand of songwriting.  Then, 2006’s Prayer of Death kicked the sound up a notch or three, particularly with its centerpiece track Grim Reaper Blues, adding drums and the strength of a full band behind him.  That led to The Entrance Band, writing 2 fantastic psych blues albums and touring with everyone from Cold Cave to The Kills.  For all we knew, Entrance was over and done with.  Well, 2017 has been the year of surprises, and with the help of Thrill Jockey, we have the first Entrance album in 11 years.

From the sound of the first single Always the Right Time, it sounds like Blakeslee is retreating back to his acoustic roots, but traded in the traditional blues structure with orchestral chamber pop.  Lyrically and sonically, this is the sound of a new chapter for Entrance, and I’m juiced to hear the rest of it.  Limited green vinyl is available while supplies last.

The Details

LP pressed on virgin vinyl with artworked inner sleeve and free download coupon.
A limited supply will be pressed on translucent green vinyl.

Price $16

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