Nashville country-rock group Lambchop have announced the release of a new album, and by all accounts it looks set to be particularly sombre affair. Mr. M will be released on February 20th courtesy of City Slang and was born out of a time when front-man Kurt Wagner turned away from creating music and instead picked up the paint brushes as a means of cathartic release in order to get over the premature death of friends and once-upon-a-time collaborator Vic Chesnutt. Listen to the album opener – ‘If Not I’ll Just Die’ – underneath.
Kurt has explained how the album was born inside that painter’s studio during those troublesome times:
“As I worked, I was approached by Mark Nevers (former full time band member & producer for the likes of Andrew Bird and Will Oldham) with the idea of making another Lambchop record. He had a concept of a sound and a method that worked with the tone of my writing. His idea was a kind of ‘psycha-Sinatra’ sound, one that involved the arranging of strings and other sounds in a more open and yet complex way.
It was a studio creation, not a type of recording based on band performance, and this was a radical approach for us. I felt Lambchop had one more good record in us, and this time I was going to do things as directly and true to my desires as possible”
The band will also tour the UK in March 2012:
1st – London, Barbican
3rd – Dublin, Vicar´s Street
4th – Gateshead, Sage
5th – Glasgow, Oran Mor
6th – Manchester, Cathedral
7th – Bristol, Fleece