Published Nov 17, 2011Having temporarily put Lambchop on the back burner while he released an album of country covers with Cortney Tidwell, songwriter Kurt Wagner will be bringing back his long-running Nashville collective for a new LP in 2012. Entitled Mr. M, it's due out on February 21 through Merge.
The album is dedicated to the late Vic Chesnutt, whose 1998 album The Salesman and Bernadette featured backing from Lambchop. According to a press release, Mr. M is a "collection of meditations on love and loss and the detritus of everyday existence." It was recorded at producer Mark Nevers's Beech House Recording studio in Nashville.
As always, the music is based around Wagner's singing and guitar playing, and the results are said to be "spacious, even dreamy." Among the artists who contributed to the disc's arrangements are Cortney Tidwell and original Lambchop co-founder Jonathan Marx, plus "the usual core of musicians." Peter Stopschinski and Mason Neely also created the string arrangements.
In addition, the album sleeve includes portraits from the art series Beautillion Militaire 2000 by Wagner and Wayne White.
For a taste of what Mr. M has to offer, stream the aching waltz "If Not I'll Just Die" below. If you like what you hear. you can pre-order the album from the Merge store. If you pre-order now, you will get a free poster, the first 150 of which are signed.
In 2012, Lambchop will be embarking on a European tour. They will also play a one-off Canadian date on January 21 at Sydney, NS's City Recital Hall Angel Place. See the complete schedule over at the band's official website.
Lambchop - If Not I'll Just Die by MergeRecords