Eric Bachmann Returns with New Crooked Fingers Album

BY Gregory AdamsPublished Jul 11, 2011

While Eric Bachmann is currently in the throes of a  reunion with '90s slacker rock gods Archers of Loaf, we must not forget that the indie icon spent the better part of the last decade as Crooked Fingers. Fittingly, the musician will remind us of that fact this fall with his new album, Breaks in the Armor.

Marking the first Crooked Fingers LP since 2008's Forfeit/Fortune, this latest disc is being primed by Merge Records, as "a cohesive and diverse set of songs with less adorned and more direct and affecting arrangements."

It was recorded winter 2010-2011 at Athens, GA studio the Bakery with Pixies live engineer Matt Yelton. Bachmann enlisted the aid of Georgia-based singer Liz Durrett, whose 2008 disc Outside Our Gates he produced, on backing vocals.

"Beautifully understated, artfully phrased, and ultimately a paean to perseverance," the press release explains, "the album seems to suggest that the breaks in the armor are more important than the armor itself."

You can get a taste of the reasonably mellower side of Bachmann in the album trailer below, with an unidentified, piano-led indie jangler scoring scenes of the musician alternately hoisting his six-string on a deserted highway, dancing in front of a strobe light and riding a BMX near the train tracks.

Breaks in the Armor, Crooked Fingers' six full-length record, comes out courtesy of Merge on October 11.

Breaks in the Armor

1. "Typhoon"
2. "Bad Blood"
3. "The Hatchet"
4. "The Counterfeiter"
5. "Heavy Hours"
6. "Black Candles"
7. "Went to the City"
8. "Your Apocalypse":
9. "War Horses"
10. "She Tows the Line"
11. "Our New Favorite"

Breaks in the Armor (Album Trailer) from Merge Records on Vimeo.

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