Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven's David Lowery Sets Album Release

12/15/2010
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Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven frontman David Lowery will be releasing his new album on February 1st. Here is the info we were sent:

Stopping short of calling it a solo record, Lowery has collaborated with a handful of trusted musical cohorts associated with his Richmond, VA-based studio, Sound of Music - an inner circle that Lowery has relied on for over 17 years and who've been instrumental in helping create the sounds heard on this album as well as past projects. David recorded and produced The Palace Guards in conjunction with John Morand and Alan Weatherhead. Key players include Miguel Urbiztondo on drums, David Immergluck on guitars and bass, Craig Harmon played organs and Ferd Moyse on upright bass and fiddle. Special guest appearances include Cracker mates Sal Maida and Johnny Hickman, as well as the late Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse) who played keyboards on "Big Life." The Palace Guards will be available everywhere February 1st, 2011 through 429 Records.

The Palace Guards took David several years to complete. Lowery felt it liberating to write the songs without the constrictions of how they might fit in with the Cracker or Camper canon of songs and performances. The easy rapport and powerful creative chemistry that Lowery shared with his studio pals allowed his introverted musical inclinations to shine through. Apparent in this collection of nine songs is a willingness to push the envelope stylistically—from the Appalachian-woven folk of the album's first single "Raise 'em Up on Honey" to the swirling, languid psychedelia of "Deep Oblivion" and eclectic Syd Barrett-inspired title track, to the rocked-out "Baby, All Those Girls Meant Nothing to Me," Lowery enjoys the freedom to write and record just about anything that pleases him at that moment.

"One of the reasons the album sounds the way it does is that I have pretty strong personalities playing with me," says Lowery, "guys who I've worked with for years, who have done engineering or playing on Camper and Cracker albums. There's that instant easy rapport that shines through. Working with them brought out the more extreme edges in these songs and amplified them. It was also liberating to start with no preconceived notions of what they would end up sounding like or worrying about how they might sound in a live setting, as I have to do when I write songs for Cracker."

The Palace Guards Tracklisting:
1. Raise 'em up on Honey
2. The Palace Guards
3. Deep Oblivion
4. Ah, You Left Me
5. Baby, All Those Girls Meant Nothing To Me
6. I Sold the Arabs the Moon
7. Marigold
8. Big Life
9. Submarine

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