Crying, Laughing, Waving, Smiling: Green Vinyl LPLMO100LPC1
Label: Lame-O Records
Release Date: 22nd September
Jacob Ewald coming up with his finest set of songs, of stories, of observations and arriving with a record that is 'mature' but in the finest way possible, this record feels like it's been borne out of a road travelled, one you can't quite travel without putting in the time and looking back to reflect on how far you've come.
For those who dig: good storytellers like Adrianne Lenker, Michael Nau, Craig Finn, Neil Young, Runnner, Townes, Jeff Tweedy...
Slaughter Beach, Dog’s new album ‘Crying, Laughing, Waving, Smiling’ finds Jacob Ewald hitting his songwriting stride. A decade into steadily releasing records through Slaughter Beach, Dog and Modern Baseball, Ewald spent hundreds of hours over the past few years to listen purposefully, diving deep into the worlds of Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Neil Young and many other “classic guys” that he hadn’t spent ample time with. Ewald also spent a similar amount of hours meticulously assembling a band fit for these new songs, and I am very happy to report that he found what he was looking for.
The result is ‘Crying, Laughing, Waving, Smiling’ - a timeless record, and Slaughter Beach, Dog’s finest - self produced and capturing Ewald and the band at the height of their powers. Ewald’s eye for detail is on display, ‘Crying, Laughing, Waving, Smiling’ is filled with gorgeous imagery and vivid worlds are built within each song. Out on longtime label home Lame-O Records, this album will bring longtime Ewald fans, his newfound TikTok audience, and more discerning adult contemporary listeners deeper into the world of Slaughter Beach, Dog.