Published Feb 14, 2013While guitarist Matt Mondanile goes about promoting his latest Ducktails album, his Real Estate bandmate, bassist Alex Bleeker, will be releasing an album of his own with his backing band the Freaks. How Far Away is due out May 28 through Woodsist.
This is Alex Bleeker & the Freaks' sophomore album. The so-called Freaks who contributed to the album include Mountain Man's Amelia Meath, Woods' Jarvis Tanviere and Real Estate's Jackson Pollis, along with others.
According to a press release, the album's 11 songs find Bleeker dealing "with the autumnal phase of lost love, the point after the grieving subsides and you start figuring out what you're supposed to do next." These tracks reportedly blend the relaxed dynamics of the Grateful Dead with a more concise pop style, and the whole thing functions as "a narrative about the dissolution of a relationship."
The jangly folk opener "Don't Look Down" is streaming at the bottom of this page.
See the tracklist below, and scroll past that to check out Bleeker's upcoming tour schedule, which includes a Canadian stop in Calgary for MTT Fest.
How Far Away:
1. Don't Look Down
2. See You on Sunday
3. Leave on the Light
4. Home I Love
5. Time Cloud
6. Who Are You Seeing?
7. Rhythm Shakers
8. All My Songs
9. Steve's Theme
10. Step Right Up (Pour Yourself Some Wine)
11. Love Fadeaway
2/17 Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands ^
2/23 Storrs, CT - Storrs Congregational Church at University of Connecticut
3/1 Annandale-on-Hudson, NY - Manor at Bard College *
3/6 Charlottesville, VA - Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar #
3/7 Raleigh, NC - King's Barcade %
3/8 Savannah, GA - Savannah Stopover
3/9 Atlanta, GA - The Earl %
3/10 New Orleans, LA - Circle Bar
3/11 Houston, TX - Rudyard's
3/13 Austin, TX - Red 7 (SXSW)
3/13 Austin, TX - Empire Control Room (SXSW)
3/14 Austin, TX - Spider House Ballroom (SXSW)
3/16 Austin, TX - Beerland (SXSW)
3/17 Dallas, TX - Spillover Fest
3/19 Oxford, MS - Lamar Lounge
3/20 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
3/21 Boone, NC - Boone Saloon
3/22 Athens, GA - Farm 255
3/23 Greenville, NC - Spazz Fest
4/3 New Haven, CT - BAR Nightclub
4/5 Harrisonburg, VA - MACRoCk Festival
4/11-13 Calgary, AB - MTT Fest
^ with Quilt
* with Andrew Cedermark
# with Prince Rama
% with Ducktails