Ray Lamontagne - Supernova - 2014 Folk Rock 180 Gram LP + Lyric Insert
Ray Lamontagne - Supernova
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Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: UK, Europe & US
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
A3 She's The One
A4 Pick Up A Gun
B1 No Other Way
B5 Drive-in Movies
Supernova was produced by Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) and recorded in Nashville, TN. Ray LaMontagne has released 4 studio albums (Trouble, Till The Sun Turns Black, Gossip in the Grain and God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise).
With his top 5 2004 debut, Trouble, Ray Lamontagne enjoyed the kind of success that doesn't often greet shy purveyors of melancholy Americana. However, for this fifth album produced by knob-twiddler du jour, the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach beardy sounds have surprisingly been replaced by psychedelic pop. Songs indebted to Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, the Byrds and the Turtles audibly sport bowl cuts and Paisley shirts. A once-shadowy figure, Lamontagne now sings about frolicking in colourful meadows "walked through the fields, sat on a tree" where he presumably gazed at marmalade skies.
However, Supernova is more homage than pastiche. The Neil Young-y travelogue Ojai is just gorgeous, and terrific hooks, classy songwriting and clever gear changes abound. The title track cheekily references Tom Petty ("you know me, I won't back down"), tips a daft hat to Them-era Van Morrison and finds room for a stupidly catchy psych-pop chorus. There's nothing here that's exactly new, but by assembling an array of unexpected influences in one blissful place, Lamontagne has crafted an unlikely perfect summer soundtrack.
Ray LaMontagne - Supernova
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Ray Lamontagne - Drive-In Movies
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