Thursday, July 26, 2007

New Josh Ritter album!!!

I ranked Josh Ritter's The Animal Years as my top album of 2006 in the Alternative Ulster end of year poll. So it is with great excitement that I can announce the follow up to that supreme album, called THE HISTORICAL CONQUESTS OF JOSH RITTER, to be released on AUGUST 21.

I wasn't alone in my adoration of The Animal Years, Paste Magazine named him one of the "100 Best Living Songwriters" and author Stephen King named it his #1 album of 2006 stating, "this is the most exuberant outburst of imagery since Bob Dylan's A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall."

The Animal Years charted mid-western America in the era of silent movies and bar room brawls, each song painted a vivid picture and told a captivating story. Apparently for Historical Conquests, Ritter altered his approach to the recording process in an effort to make a more spontaneous album. Ritter expounds, "A lot of this record is an effort to capture moments when they were at their most passionate; to capture many different emotions that simply wouldn't work if we had ever tried to re-record them." He goes on to describe, "The vocal take on 'To the Dogs;' the feel of 'Wait for Love;' the guitar of 'Mind's Eye'--there are a lot of different feelings here, but what ties them together for me is how raw they were captured and how we maintained that rawness throughout the production."

Recorded in the winter of 2006 during breaks from being on the road, The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter was produced by keyboardist and longtime collaborator Sam Kassirer in Maine at The Great North Sound Society. The album's 14 songs were written by Ritter (vocals and guitar) and feature Kassirer (electric and acoustic pianos, organs, guitar, vibraphone, and percussion), Zack Hickman (double bass, electric bass, acoustic and electric), Liam Hurley (drums and percussion) and The Great North Sound Society Orchestra.

Check out "Right Moves", the first single off The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter in your particular flavour below:


aaron said...

ks for the tip andrew. i also have been obsessed with The Animal Years. definitely my favourite album this year.

hope you having a wonderful day getting married. congratulations!

Manjo said...

thanks man, i'm really looking forward to it