Saturday, August 17, 2013

New Richard Buckner video - "When You Tell Me How It Is" off Surrounded, out Sept. 3

Here's the video for the lead track off Richard Buckner's new album Surrounded, out Sept. 3. It's a collection of images of blasted beauty - abandoned railroad yards, cracked paint on abandoned buildings, growth out of decay... interspersed with oblique images of Buckner performing:

A little description of his process on this album, from Merge: "The album’s liner notes include text-embedded lyrics, a technique Buckner employed on his earlier albums Since and Impasse, but this marks the first time he used the songs’ extended story to construct the album’s overall view and track sequence."

Listening to it, I'd second comparisons to Impasse and Since, even some to Devotion and Doubt - but he's come up with some unusual instrumentation, too. Some artists you just learn to trust, and Buckner is one of those, for me.

Tour dates:
Aug 17 Cleveland, OH — Happy Dog
Aug 18 Detroit, MI — Majestic Cafe
Aug 19 Chicago, IL — Schubas
Aug 20 Lexington, KY — Cosmic Charlie's
Aug 21 Columbus, OH — Cafe Bourbon Street
Sep 08 Richmond, VA — Capital Ale House *
Sep 09 Charlottesville, VA — The Southern *
Sep 11 Pittsburgh, PA — Thunderbird Cafe *
Sep 13 Wilmington, DE — World Cafe Live at The Queen *
Sep 14 Philadelphia, PA — World Cafe Live *
Sep 15 Brooklyn, NY — Littlefield *
Sep 17 New Haven, CT — Cafe 9 *
Sep 18 Pawtucket, RI — The Met *
Sep 19 Northampton, MA — Iron Horse *
Sep 20 Boston, MA — Museum of Fine Arts *

Read more and pre-order at Merge Records.

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