Son Volt has a new album coming out in March, and according to their official website, The follow-up to 2005's acclaimed 'Okemah and the Melody of Riot,' 'The Search' is a startlingly powerful and inspiring departure from the band's alt-country laden records, employing an exceptional variety of sounds, melodies, and arrangements.
On Jay Farrar's website, he says "Instrumentally, the electric guitar was the focus of the last record, 'Okemah', but for 'The Search' we wanted to try something new," said Farrar. "This time, we utilized different instrumentation to fit each song - from guitar pedal loops to various keyboard sounds to horns."
When Uncle Tupelo split up, it took Tweedy only one album to move away from the sounds of Uncle Tupelo. WILCO's debut, A.M. was a Stones Honky Tonk Women influenced killer of a debut. On their next album, Being There, WILCO quickly headed off in more ambitious adventurous directions. Farrar, on the other hand, has always kept Son Volt close to home. Could Farrar be moving into WILCO territory with this one? On one hand, I would like to hear something different from Farrar and company (the band now features Brad Rice, who was Ryan Adams guitarist for some time), but on the other hand, with Son Volt, I always know what I am going to get, and I like what I am getting served.
Either way, I can't wait to hear this one, and I will be seeing Jay as part of the American Beauty Project, a tribute to the Grateful Dead, tomorrow night at the Winter Garden in downtown NYC.
Son Volt Official Site