Published Jul 27, 2011Considering Jesse Lortz split from folk duo the Dutchess & the Duke last fall, the songwriter has had plenty of free time to focus on his solo project Case Studies. So much so that he has announced his next record, The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night. That's the bushy pubic mound and eagle-intensive artwork above.
A press release informs us that even though his old outfit has been put to pasture, Lortz's latest "confirms his place in a long tradition of songwriting talent." The record is said to be a collection of demos and new material in the vein of Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt.
While Case Studies shines the spotlight on the Seattle music scene fixture, Lortz did accept a little help from some friends on the upcoming album. The disc was recorded by Greg Ashley (Gris Gris) and features contributions from a handful of friends, including Crystal Stilts member Keegan Cooke, who adds both drums and guitar.
Check out the live and rustic, acoustic guitar-and-tambourine performance of dire and dour album cut "Daggers," as well as the tracklisting, below.
The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night comes out August 16 on Sacred Bones.
The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night:
1. "From the Blade of My Love"
2. "The Eagle, or the Serpent"
3. "My Silver Hand"
4. "You Folded Up My Blanket Like We Were Already Lovers"
8. "Texas Ghost Story"
10. "California Ghost Story"
11. "The Day We Met"