Atlanta-based underground rock band Black Lips are digging into some country influences with their latest album Sing In A World That’s Falling Apart, which will be will be released on January 24, 2020 Fire Records/VICE. This latest album was recorded and co-produced with Nic Jodoin at Laurel Canyon’s newly reopened Valentine Recording Studios (which played host to Beach Boys and Bing Crosby before closing in 1979.
A new single for the album entitled “Gentleman,” has also been released. This track takes many country influences, with twangy guitars, and a rough and honest vocal delivery, with straightforward lyrics that are true to the band’s garage rock roots.
This latest single follows “Odelia,” another country/blues rock inspired song in a similar vein to classic acts such as the bird, albeit presented in a more garage rock and lo-fi production quality. This latest album was recorded using only analog technology directly to tape, eschewing digital production methods.
This latest project is a follow up to the group’s most recent album Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art, which was released back in 2017.
“Although the album can be incoherent and absurd at times, perhaps the point is that the band want the listeners not to seek out a point but just absorb what is played,” Melody Teng wrote in a review for mxdwn.” To repeat a clichéd and oft-repeated saying: ‘The journey is more important than the destination.’ The question ‘Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art?’ suddenly doesn’t seem all that important anymore. Rather, one should just enjoy the adventure and forget about labeling what is art and what isn’t.”
Sing In A World That’s Falling Apart
4.Holding Me Holding You
6.Get It On Time
12.Live Fast Die Slow
11/8 EartH, London, UK
11/9 The White Hotel, Salford, UK
11/10 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
11/12 Stereo, Glasgow, UK
11/13 Arts Club Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
11/14 The Fleece, Bristol, UK
11/16 Technikum, Munich, Germany
11/17 Synästhesie Festival, Berlin, Germany
11/18 Molotow, Hamburg, Germany
11/19 Gebäude 9, Cologne, Germany
11/21 La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
11/22 Skatecafe Karin & Yvonne, Amsterdam, Netherlands
11/23 Atelier 210, Brussels, Belgium
12/ 11 White Oak Music Hall (upstairs), Houston, TX US
12/ 12 Club Dada, Dallas TX, US
12/ 13 Barracuda, Austin TX, US
12/ 14 Paper Tiger, San Antonio TX, US
1/21 High Dive, Gainesville, US
1/22 Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville, US
1/23 The Social, Orlando, US
1/24 The Ground at Club Space, Miami, US
1/25 Crowbar, Tampa, US
1/26 The Wilbury, Tallahassee, US
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