Published May 16, 2013New York songwriter Christopher Paul Stelling released his debut album, Songs of Praise and Scorn, scarcely a year ago, and now he's already back with another full-length. Ahead of False Cities' in-store release on May 21 via Mecca Lecca/Dollartone, you can stream the whole thing on Exclaim.ca.
The album cover shows an acoustic guitar against a beat-up, vintage-looking background. As you'd expect from such an image, the collection's 10 songs are rustic and folksy.
Opener "Brick x Brick" is a gruff outlaw country number that would fit perfectly in the soundtrack of a decades-old western film. Elsewhere, "Who I Am" has a faint undercurrent of baroque delicacy to its folksiness, while the soft harmonies of "You Can Make It" recall Iron & Wine's first couple of albums, and "Homesick Tributaries" resembles the sweetness of the Avett Brothers. For the most part, however, these acoustic tunes are filled with raw energy and urgent vibes.
Christopher Paul Stelling will be touring the coming months. See the North American schedule over at Bandcamp.