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Ray Lamontagne — Part Of The Light (May 18, 2018)

Ray Lamontagne — Part Of The Light (May 18, 2018)              Ray Lamontagne — Part Of The Light (May 18, 2018)Ray Lamontagne — Part Of The Light (May 18, 2018)Birth name: Raymond Charles Jack LaMontagne
Born: June 18, 1973, Nashua, New Hampshire
Location: Ashfield, Massachusetts
Notable instruments:
•    1972 K Martin D~35, Bourgeois Guitar Country Boy w/Sitka Top, D~150, Custom DS~260, Victoria Parlor models.
Album release: May 18, 2018
Recording Location: The Big Room
Record Label: Columbia/ RCA
Genre: Folk, Singer~Songwriter
Duration:     46:04
Tracks:
01 To the Sea   5:12
02 Paper Man   4:25
03 Part of the Light   4:20
04 It’s Always Been You   5:37
05 Let’s Make It Last   4:27
06 As Black As Blood Is Blue   4:45
07 Such A Simple Thing   4:58
08 No Answer Arrives   5:14
09 Goodbye Blue Sky   7:06
•    All songs written by Ray LaMontagne.
Credits:
•    Carl Broemel   Guitar (Ac.+El.+El. Baritone), Pedal Steel, Vocals
•    Samantha Casolari   Photography
•    Meghan Foley   Art Direction, Design
•    David Givan   Drums
•    Seth Kauffman   Bass, Drones, Guitar, Guitar (Baritone), Guitar (El.), Synthesizer
•    Bo Koster   Fender Rhodes, Organ, Piano, Synthesizer
•    Ray LaMontagne   Composer, Guitar (Ac.+El.), Mellotron, Organ, Producer, Vocals
•    Bob Ludwig   Mastering
•    Kevin Ratterman   Engineer, Guitar (Bass), Mixing, Percussion, Synthesizer, Tambourine
•    John Sirratt   Bass, Guitar (Ac.), Vocal Harmony
Charts:
•    Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)    #52
•    Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)    #100
•    Canadian Albums (Billboard)    #44
•    Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)    #60
•    Irish Albums (IRMA)    #40
•    UK Albums (OCC)    #28
•    New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)    #6
•    US Billboard 200    #40
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine; Score: ***
•    Ray LaMontagne may dial back the thick~lidded psychedelia of 2016’s Ouroboros on its 2018 sequel, Part of the Light, but he by no means abandons his fondness for trippy sounds. Part of the Light may have moments that recall LaMontagne’s austere rustic beginnings, but now that he’s revealed his inner Pink Floyd, the singer~songwriter is eager to have it merge with his Americana instincts. Often, this means that Part of the Light can drift, but it’s in an amiable, appealing fashion, with LaMontagne finding time for the occasional grinding blues jam (“No Answer Arrives,” “As Black as Blood Is Blue”) between the lingering twilight ballads. There may be some sturdy song construction here — the opening “To the Sea” recalls Van Morrison at his most mystic, “Paper Man” feels lean and precise — but what’s memorable is the ever~shifting, ever~changing production on Part of the Light: it’s an aural lava lamp, kicking up slow~bursting explosions of texture and sound.
Mark Beaumont, May 18, 2018 2:59 pm. Score: ***
•    We live in the age of the unreal. Russian bots pose as right~wing online activists, phishing scams as Facebook quizzes and potential Tinder hook~ups, Muppets as world leaders. In music too, we have boybands hailed as indie saviours, solo laptop fiddlers sounding like apocalyptic orchestras and ‘transangels’, R&B and rap acts trying to emulate self~improving AIs. From Sgt Pepper and Ziggy Stardust to the very modern fantasy of Björk renting out the penthouse at the Tranquility Hotel Base & Casino, music has thrived on and fed from a sense of hyper~reality, but are we in danger of losing grip on honesty, humanity and heart in this brave, artificial new world?
•    This is where neo~folk acts like Father John Misty, Bon Iver and Ray LaMontagne play an integral, rooting role. Semi~reclusive and press~reticent, LaMontagne has spent fifteen years in a dream~like folk~rock state, his records often sounding like someone has set up a microphone in the basement of the Big Pink house in Woodstock and captured the ghostly echoes of The Band haunting the place. He knows the power of the spectral and the flesh, the emotional and the intangible, and his seventh album ‘Part Of The Light’ finds him straddling the divide more confidently than ever.
•    Reeling in the Floydish psych rock indulgences of 2016’s ‘Ouroboros’ (recorded with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James), LaMontagne wraps that record’s afterglow aura around the sort of playful pastoral melodies that won him Grammys as the backwoods Nick Drake back in the ’00s. Glacial opening shanty ‘To The Sea’ toys worryingly with whimsical Jethro Tull intonation and fol~de~rol rural imagery — “There’s old Tom in a coat and tie/Looking every ounce the prince” Ray trills, on a drive to the seaside that Enid Blyton might have writ — but it’s uphill from there. The strident ‘Paper Man’ inhabits a gently swirling space midway between Father John Misty, early Elton and Death Cab For Cutie, and the title track is a gorgeous shoegaze take on the Camberwick Green theme (i.e. the music~box guitar tune your dad hums in his sleep while dreaming about the ’70s). Meanwhile, ‘It’s Always Been You’ and the piano~laden ‘Let’s Make It Last’ are as affecting a pair of space~folk nocturnes as you’ll find outside of Low’s Meltdown.
•    https://www.nme.com/ Ray LaMontagne — Ouroboros (March 4th, 2016)1. Part One — Homecoming      8:29
2. Part One — Hey, No Pressure      6:34
3. Part One — The Changing Man     4:13
4. Part One — While It Still Beats      4:10
5. Part Two — In My Own Way      6:36
6. Part Two — Another Day      3:06
7. Part Two — A Murmuration of Starlings      2:33
8. Part Two — Wouldn´t It Make a Lovely Photograph      3:58
ζθ   All songs written by Ray LaMontagne.
ζθ   Featuring My Morning Jacket, produced by Jim James.
℗ 2016 Stone Dwarf LLC, u. lic. to RCA Records.Sony MusicEnt.                                Credits:
ζθ   Dan Dorff Juno, Keyboards, Mellotron, Piano, Piano (Electric), Pump Organ, Synthesizer, Unknown Instrument, Vibraphone
ζθ   Meghan Foley Art Direction, Design
ζθ   Anne Gauthier Assistant
ζθ   Dave Givans Drums, Percussion
ζθ   Jim James Guitar (Electric), Guitar (Rhythm), Juno, Producer, Saxophone, Siren, Synthesizer, Vocal Harmony, Vocals (Background)
ζθ   Seth Kaufman Bass, Box, Guitar (Bass), Guitar (Electric), Slide Guitar, Textural Sampling
ζθ   Ray LaMontagne Arranger, Composer, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Guitar (Rhythm), Producer, Vocals
ζθ   Bob Ludwig Mastering
ζθ   Alexis Marsh Vocal Harmony, Vocals (Background)
ζθ   Kevin Ratterman Engineer, Mixing, Moog Bass, Moog Synthesizer, Piano, Strings
ζθ   Brian Stowell Photography
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ζθ   Ouroboros je těžší album než předchozí Supernova (29. duben 2014). Předešlé produkoval Dan Auerbach, současné Jim James (My Morning Jacket). Zatímco obě alba sdílí lásku k psychedelii, ponořily se do velmi odlišných stránek jejího spektra. Nové je prosyceno zvukovými efekty v Pink Floydovském stylu. Když třeba začíná píseň “Part Two — In My Own Way”, okamžitě si připomenete “Us & Them” z Dark Side. Už začátek alba je nenápadným můstkem k tomuto albu. Příslušnost k artrockovému křídlu psychedelie vyplývá z bohatství zvuků v “Hey, No Pressure”, což lze chápat i jako rádioaktivní blues. Melodie jsou lehce plovoucí, hodně textur stojí na jedné z nejvíce strhujících hlasových kvalit celé scény. Ačkoli LaMontagne vlastní jeden z největších soulových hlasů moderní éry, nikdy to s ním nepřeháněl. Tentokrát se zdá být odhodlán bagatelizovat tento dar víc, než kdy jindy. Právě tato vyhýbavost činí z LaMontagna jednu z nejvíce fascinujících postav. Raději drží pomalá tempa, více šeptá jako mnich, je intenzivní v záměru být potichu. Je to skladatel naší doby, jak ukazuje píseň “In My Own Way”, tady kytara zní hodně snově (David Gilmour/Jim James) a k tomu styl bicích Nicka Masona (Dave Givans), to je zcela zjevné. Krok ještě hlouběji činí v “Another Day”, další už je téměř k neuvěření, co to slyším — “A Murmuration of Starlings” — další jasná reminiscence na “Us & Them”. Písně nemají přestávky, volně přecházejí z drážky do drážky, jsou úzce propojené i v tempech a charakteristické bubeníkovým důrazem na doby — viz The “Changing Man” a pár dalších s vyvrcholením v poslední “Wouldn´t It Make a Lovely Photograph”. Je to podivuhodné album — jako by satirizovalo problém s názvem alba, odkazujícím na mýtického hada, který požírá svůj vlastní ocas. Ray LaMontagne není samožer, je to stálice a spolehlivý písničkář par excellence, velmi soukromá osoba, která poskytuje rozhovory jen velmi zřídka. Začal v továrně na boty a jednou ráno slyšel píseň “Treetop Flyer” od Stephena Stillse. A v ten den se rozhodl být hudebníkem. Prodal dodávku VW a koupil si za to stejnou kytaru, jakou měl Stills: 1972 K Martin D~35. Bylo to skvělé rozhodnutí. ALBUM MĚSÍCE BŘEZNA 2016.
ζθ   New England singer/songwriter who gained praise from fans and critics for his raspy, heartfelt vocals and diverse material.
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