New Album: Electro Melodier

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Same here got it early
No download card though
Can’t wait to hear it in full

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Got my red vinyl preorder yesterday. First time it's ever come early, and it came way early.

Album is fantastic. I'll hold off on the specifics until Friday when it's out for real. But great stuff. And the vinyl doesn't include 4 songs that are on the digital release, so still more new tunes to come.

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Only a few days away! The excitement is uncontainable around here 😂
My favorite tune so far is These Are the Times. Thinking about checking out
the new guitar player in Chesterfield. Friday is payday.

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Antelope850 wrote:
Thu Jun 17, 2021 11:31 am
I've seen her play in NYC a bunch of times with Mark Spencer. She's great. She hosted a radio show for a while and had Jay on as a guest once. If she is the opener on part of the tour, would be awesome. And would mean extra Spencer playing...
She would sound great on "Highways and Cigarettes", as well. It must be a thing with Jay... If the word "cigarettes" appears in a song title, female harmonies are imperative.

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I've seen her play in NYC a bunch of times with Mark Spencer. She's great. She hosted a radio show for a while and had Jay on as a guest once. If she is the opener on part of the tour, would be awesome. And would mean extra Spencer playing...

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thatbeat wrote:
Tue Jun 15, 2021 4:56 am
https://youtu.be/HpimxQEqyN4

I’ll admit I didn’t know much about Laura but after I heard her voice with Jay I went down the rabbit hole, she’s fantastic and check out who she’s playing with on this song!
Nice find! I’m sensing her as the opener on the upcoming Son Volt tour, and a segment of the show where she joins Jay on harmony vocals. Would be awesome.

Tim in the ATL

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That's Mr. Spencer and Mr. Hunt!
I'm counting down the days to the SV show in September at Knuckleheads in Kansas City. I'm thinking it's the 9th time I've seen the band or Jay perform with other great musicians.

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https://youtu.be/HpimxQEqyN4

I’ll admit I didn’t know much about Laura but after I heard her voice with Jay I went down the rabbit hole, she’s fantastic and check out who she’s playing with on this song!

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thatbeat wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 10:00 am
https://youtu.be/uC9XkGQNF5E

Love this one!!!
It is splendid!

On a separate note, the lack of communication on this board — not to mention the lack of enthusiasm — is really disappointing. Why does this forum even exist anymore? We used to have such fun. And by golly, it’s certainly not the artist’s fault. Jay is at the top of his game, a promising new record on the horizon, a post-pandemic tour forthcoming, a change in lead guitarist (to John Horton of the freakin’ Bottle Rockets!!!), and more self-promotion than we’ve ever seen from the band... And yet, radio silence from ostensibly their biggest fans? What are there, like 10 of us worldwide eager to discuss the band on here? I don’t get it.

Tim in the ATL

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derekf wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 7:15 am
Excellent eye, Okeman! This is cut and paste from the Amazon page you found in case you or anyone still lurking here missed it.

IT’S A NEW WORLD, THIS IS THE LIFE/THESE ARE THE TIMES 2020 was not quite what Jay Farrar was expecting for the 25th anniversary of Son Volt, the band he started in 1995 after leaving the seminal group Uncle Tupelo, whose No Depression album helped define the alt-country and Americana genre. The group had just finished an Outlaw Country Cruise when the pandemic hit and sent them into their homes on lockdown. Instead of a triumphant tour marking the illustrious landmark, Farrar was forced indoors by the pandemic, and his “Reverie” during that time helped define Electro Melodier, Son Volt’s 10th studio album – and third for influential Nashville indie Thirty Tigers. The title, taken from the names of two vintage amplifiers from the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, also describes the disc’s unique blend of folk, country, blues, soul and rock – an electric troubadour with melodies that hit and stick. Social protest songs like “Living in the U.S.A.” and “The Globe,” the former about the promises of this nation gone wrong, the latter referencing the street protests accompanying the Black Lives Matter movement, exist side by side with odes to long-term relationships (specifically his 25-year marriage) in “Diamonds and Cigarettes” and “Lucky Ones.” Once again accompanied by the current Son Volt line up – keyboardist/steel guitarist Mark Spencer, bassist Andrew Duplantis, guitarist Chris Frame and drummer Mark Patterson – Farrar takes a slight turn from 2019’s politically pointed Union to a series of songs that asks questions rather than demanding answers – think of “Living in the U.S.A.” as Farrar’s version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.,” Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” or Patti Smith’s “People Have the Power,” an anthem to unite the populace. “I had more time to devote to and concentrate on the writing,” says Farrar about his enforced quarantine. “We were fortunate in that we had just released Union and toured the country, so we were off cycle. It was still a rough year, but as a songwriter, I was able to make the most of it.” One listen to Electro Melodier, which opens with “Reverie,” describing Farrar’s contemplative state gazing out his window, enlivened with Mark Spencer’s “Wichita Lineman” guitar riffs and the lush Big Star melodies, and you wonder why no other rock ‘n’ roll bands or singer/songwriters are making albums like this about what we’re all going through. “I wanted to concentrate on the melodies which got me into music in the first place,” says Farrar. “I wanted politics to take a back seat this time, but it always seems to find a way back in there.” Listen to the Moog line from The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again” channeled in “The Globe,” or the Led Zeppelin homage in “Someday Is Now,” the nod to gut-bucket Mississippi delta blues in the Lightnin’ Hopkins low-tuned guitar stylings of “War on Misery” or Spencer’s haunting slide on the funereal dirge of “The Levee On Down,” which takes Andrew Jackson to task for everything from the “Trail of Tears” massacre of the Cherokees to his face on the $20 bill instead of Harriet Tubman. The environmentally conscious “Arkey Blue” nods to a honky-tonk in Bandera, TX, Arkey Blue’s Silver Dollar, where Hank Williams, Sr. allegedly carved his name into one of the wood tables, and even quotes Pope Francis on “turbulent rains never before seen.” “I’m just asking the same question, how can so much go wrong in a country that is held up as an example to the world of something righteous,” explains Farrar about songs like “Living in the U.S.A.,” in which you can hear doomsaying prophecies like Barry McGuire’s “Eve of Destruction” set to the guitar riffs of Lou Reed’s “Sweet Jane.” Still based in St. Louis (“It kinda makes sense as a central location for touring because all the interstates connect through here”), Farrar was born in Belleville, IL, Farrar formed Uncle Tupelo with his high school classmate Jeff Tweedy. “We had similar musical interests and took it from there,” says Jay modestly about the groundbreaking group. Farrar is grateful to his wife of 25 years, a sentiment which he expresses lovingly on “Diamonds and Cigarettes” – featuring vocals by country singer Laura Cantrell, along with songs like the soulful “Lucky Ones” and “Sweet Refrain,” a song that captures the spirit of Bentonia, Mississippi, home of Skip James along with name checks for local legends Jimmy “Duck” Holmes and the Bluefront Cafe. “These are the Times” was recorded entirely remotely by Zoom, signaling one of the new methods of making music ushered in by Covid. With tour dates scheduled before the end of 2021, Son Volt is ready to return to what they know best after a welcome period of introspection. “It’s a good time to take stock of what’s lost and what’s gained,” said Farrar. “At this point, we’re not even sure what we’re going to get back.” The songs of Electro Melodier help remind us to be thankful of what we still have – new music from Jay Farrar and Son Volt. “Daylight brings the clues to the world to life/Make or break gotta do what it takes to survive.” “Sweet Refrain”
Lurking like the dickens. Nice read.

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:lol:
professor_squishy wrote:
Tue Jun 01, 2021 1:17 pm
amzie wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 8:03 am
Why won't we know where we stand until December? What is the significance of December? Do you think he is really talking about Christmas? Unless he is a super Christian, I think not.

Maybe he means that we won't feel our worth until we see how much loot we get at Christmas? Does no one else wonder about the December reference???
I believe this is a reference to the past election and that it took till sometime in December to certify it in all the states that "disputed" the results. So many recounts and rejected lawsuits, etc.

Of course, given what happened on Jan 6, maybe he should have said "we won't know where we stand till January".... but that doesn't roll off the tongue as well. :-)

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Has anyone worked out the chords for "Reverie"? I'm usually pretty good at this stuff, but I'm blanking out on this one. I know there's a D, A, Bm, E, G in there... somewhere...

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amzie wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 8:03 am
Why won't we know where we stand until December? What is the significance of December? Do you think he is really talking about Christmas? Unless he is a super Christian, I think not.

Maybe he means that we won't feel our worth until we see how much loot we get at Christmas? Does no one else wonder about the December reference???
I believe this is a reference to the past election and that it took till sometime in December to certify it in all the states that "disputed" the results. So many recounts and rejected lawsuits, etc.

Of course, given what happened on Jan 6, maybe he should have said "we won't know where we stand till January".... but that doesn't roll off the tongue as well. :-)

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For anyone curious... I’ve confirmed with the folks at Fast Atmosphere that there will be no substantial difference in the various vinyl pressings of the new record. The traditional black vinyl, the translucent red vinyl, and the opaque tan vinyl (indie record store exclusive) will all be the same weight and will include the same *ten* songs (only the CD and digital streaming versions will include all 14 tracks).

The translucent red vinyl will be a limited pressing of just 800 total copies, and there will only be 1500 copies of the opaque tan version.

Tim in the ATL

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