Thieves: Bone Vinyl LPKS057LPC1
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Label: Keeled Scales
Release Date: 15th July
Keeled Scales again with another release from an artist who is very good at songs, this time its Alex Dupree who needs only a single listen for one to be 'in'. His songs, which come after a divorce and coincided with the Trump years has been a cathartic source for stories for Alex, who paints vivid characters and paints the scenes with a rich pallete of Americana that takes in the swinging lilt of Latin, country twang and jangle and simple folk storytelling and picking.
For those who dig: if you're into Big Bobby Zimmerman, you'll enjoy Alex's one-liners and storytelling, Buck Meek from Big Thief plays on this, so him and them, Simon Joyner, Dead Tongues, Kevin Morby...
Accessible debut album by Alex Dupree with a critically acclaimed supporting instrumental cast of Buck Meek (Big Thief), Stephen Hodges (Tom Waits, Mavis Staples), and Tiffanie Lanmon (Mirror Travel). These are stories about the Trump years, a span which coincided with Dupree’s own attempt to rebuild a life after divorce. It was a time for the painful ending of illusions, about himself and about the country. He was living between artist residencies, sublets, and storage units along I-10, and long hours spent on the highway soon found a form in the long lines of traditional folk ballads. Slowly, new songs began to emerge. Producer Michael Krassner’s experience arranging for film and his deep attention to songcraft set a perfect stage for Dupree’s lyrical storytelling. Old-Hollywood string crescendos and delicate acoustic phrases pass in and out of focus behind the vocals, a lush backdrop for the songs’ stark dialogue. A wide array of traditional instruments (harmonica, mandolin, violin, piano, pedal steel, and jaw harp, to name a few) fill out these guitar songs. It’s these thoughtful arrangements paired with Dupree’s aptitude for songwriting that makes for such a special record. Thieves is the story of starting over. It’s a sturdy songwriter’s album with heady, heavy folk and country flourishes. It’s about coming to terms with the uncanny patterns of your life, the strange repetitions you can’t escape. Oh the past can be different anytime you look. God could be rewriting something in his book.