Published Aug 05, 2013Having released two previous albums through Hardly Art, folk-minded Washington band the Moondoggies are holding steady with their third full-length. Adiós I'm a Ghost is out on August 13 through Hardly Art, and it's available to stream ahead of time on Exclaim.ca.
Although the band are sticking with their usual label, they underwent some changes in the lead-up to this album; they added multi-instrumentalist Jon Pontrello to the lineup and embrace diverse influences like Pink Floyd, Blonde Redhead, Mississippi John Hurt and Nirvana.
Frontman Kevin Murphy said in a statement, "Adiós I'm a Ghost was, like our [band] name, a combination of a joke and serious ideas. I heard the phrase on a Phil Hendrie podcast... and it grew into something else for me; being able to have life after death. Because we live and die million times in the big span of being around. We transition."
The band recorded 21 songs at Bear Creek Studios with producer Ryan Hadlock (the Lumineers, Islands, Metric), eventually whittling the album down to 12 songs. These include the crunchy rocker "Red Eye," the atmospheric acoustic balladry of "Pride," and the jaunty, organ-drenched sprawl of "Don't Ask Why."
You can order the album over here and check out all Moondoggies' upcoming North American dates here. These include Canadian stops at Vancouver's Rickshaw on September 6 and at Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern on October 14.
For now, though, dig into Adiós I'm a Ghost below.