Elastic Days J Mascis

Album info

Album-Release:
2018

HRA-Release:
13.11.2018

Label: Sub Pop Records

Genre: Rock

Subgenre: Adult Alternative

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  • 1See You At The Movies03:22
  • 2Web So Dense03:37
  • 3I Went Dust03:47
  • 4Sky Is All We Had03:07
  • 5Picking Out The Seeds03:27
  • 6Give It Off02:50
  • 7Drop Me03:49
  • 8Cut Stranger03:23
  • 9Elastic Days03:32
  • 10Sometimes03:33
  • 11Wanted You Around03:30
  • 12Everything She Said03:30
  • Total Runtime41:27

Info for Elastic Days

"Elastic Days" ist das dritte Soloalbum von J. Mascis für Sub Pop. Wie die Vorgänger-Solo-Alben wurde auch ,Elastic Days" in J Mascis' eigenem Bisquiteen Studio aufgenommen.

Mascis macht fast alles alleine, obwohl Ken Miauri - der auch auf ,Tied To A Star" (2014) auftrat - Keyboards spielt und es einige Gaststimmen gibt.

Dazu gehören unter anderem die alten Freunde Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession) und Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion, etc.) sowie die neu hinzugefügte Stimme von Zoë Randell (Luluc).

Aber das Album bleibt Js eigene Show. Gebaut um Akustikgitarrenfiguren, die bis zum dritten Akt oft elektrische Gitarrenkulissen zurückhalten, sind die Melodien der zwölf Songs massiv verführerisch und befriedigend.

"Elastic Days" ist voll von großen Momenten: Epische Haken, die einen auf überraschend subtile Weise fesseln, Gitarrentexturen, die wie alte Liebhaber gegeneinander gleiten, und Strukturen, die von einer Neo-Power-Ballade (,Web So Dense") bis hin zu einem jazzigen West Coasty-Postpsych (,Give It Off") und einem Track reichen, der subtil an den Keyboard-Ansatz von Scott Thurston-Ära Stooges (,Drop Me") erinnert.

Das Album spielt mit einer Kombination aus Ganzheitlichkeit und Abwechslung, die sicher viele Köpfe in Brand setzen wird.

J Mascis, vocals, guitar, drums, bass, mellotron, tambourine
Ken Maiuri, piano
Mark Mulcahy, vocals
Pall Jenkins, vocals
Pete Snake, vocals
Zoë Randell, vocals




J Mascis
It’s all but inconceivable that J Mascis requires an introduction. In the quarter-century since he founded Dinosaur (Jr.), Mascis has created some of the era’s signature songs, albums and styles. As a skier, golfer, songwriter, skateboarder, record producer, and musician, J has few peers. The laconically-based roar of his guitar, drums and vocals have driven a long string of bands – Deep Wound, Dinosaur Jr., Gobblehoof, Velvet Monkeys, the Fog, Witch, Sweet Apple – and he has guested on innumerable sessions.But Several Shades of Why is J’s first solo studio record, and it is an album of incredible beauty, performed with a delicacy not always associated with his work.

Recorded at Amherst Massachusetts’ Bisquiteen Studios, Several Shades is nearly all acoustic and was created with the help of a few friends. Notable amongst them are Kurt Vile, Sophie Trudeau (A Silver Mount Zion), Kurt Fedora (long-time collusionist), Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses), Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), Matt Valentine (The Golden Road), and Suzanne Thorpe (Wounded Knees). Together in small mutable groupings, they conjure up classic sounds ranging from English-tinged folk to drifty, West Coast-style singer/songwriterism. But every track, every note even, bears that distinct Mascis watermark, both in the shape of the tunes and the glorious rasp of the vocals.

“Megan from Sub Pop has wanted me to do this record for a long time,” J says. “She was very into it when I was playing solo a lot in the early 2000s, around the time of the Fog album [2002's Free So Free]. She always wanted to know when I’d do a solo record. [Several Shades of Why] came out of that. There are a couple of songs that are older, but the rest is new this year. And it’s basically all acoustic. There’s some fuzz, but it’s acoustic through fuzz. There’re no drums on it, either. Just one tambourine song, that’s it. It was a specific decision to not have drums. Usually I like to have them, but going drum-less pushes everything in a new direction, and makes it easier to keep things sounding different.”

There is little evidence of stress on Several Shades of Why. The title track is a duet with Sophie Trudeau’s violin recalling Nick Drake’s work at its most elegant. ‘Not Enough’ feels like a lost hippie-harmony classic from David Crosby’s If I Could Only Remember My Name. ‘Is It Done’ rolls like one of the Grisman/Garcia tunes on American Beauty. ‘Very Nervous and Love’ has the same rich vibe as the amazing rural side of Terry Reid’s The River. And on and on it goes. Ten brilliant tunes that quietly grow and expand until they fill your brain with the purest pleasure. What a goddamn great album. (by Byron Coley)

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