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Andy Jenkins — Sweet Bunch (June 15, 2018)

Andy Jenkins — Sweet Bunch (June 15, 2018)

                    Andy Jenkins — Sweet Bunch (June 15, 2018)Andy Jenkins — Sweet Bunch (June 15, 2018)°::°         Jako skladatel je Jenkins v srdci romantickým písničkářem, inspirovným “dívkami a rozmáčknutými” milostnými životy lidí kolem sebe. Jeho hlas je roztrhaný, ale pro uši jemný, s trochou kosmické zátěže, která zaručuje, že jeho melodie tě budou bavit dlouho poté, co jsi přestal poslouchat. Jeho hladká spolupráce s Matthew E. Whitem má původ již od střední školy. White čerpá více z hudebního zázemí, zatímco Andy je mnohem ponořen do produkce textů. Je těžké říct, kdo co napsal, což je dobrá věc. Jsou na stejné vlně. Ale přesto zmíním, že 3 písně napsal společně také s Cameron Ralstonem a na “Genuine Hart” se podílí s Philem Cookem. °::°         Hlasově~stylisticky připomíná dva bardy: Kevina Ayerse a Warrena Zevona. °::°        
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Album release: June 15, 2018
Record Label: Spacebomb Records / Liberator Music / Glassnote Records
Recorded: at Spacebomb Studios in Richmond, Virginia
Duration:     40:13
Tracks:
1. Hazel Woods     5:46 
2. Curve of Love     5:14 
3. Genuine Heart     3:44 
4. Ascendant Hog     3:07 
5. Sweet Bunch     5:58 
6. White Linen     4:43 
7. Illuminated     3:06 
8. Get Together     4:26 
9. Song for Me     4:09
Notes:
•••   33rpm LP Vinyl — Limited edition marbled clear vinyl (300 made) + Standard black — 140g
•••   CD Digipak
Credits:
•••   Vocals: Andy Jenkins
•••   Drums, percussion: Pinson Chanselle
•••   Bass: Cameron Ralston
•••   Guitar: Alan Parker
•••   Piano, Wurlitzer, slide guitar, vocals: Phil Cook
•••   Congas, guiro: Giustino Riccio
•••   Guest vocals on “Sweet Bunch”: Matthew E. White
•••   Matthew E. White appears courtesy of Domino Records
The ladies sing:
•••   Lindsey Beekman
•••   Stacie Brown
•••   Audrey Christesen
•••   Caitlin Costello
•••   Kelsey Snyder
•••   Abigail Stinnett 

THE SPACEBOMB HOUSE BAND
•••   Alan Parker, guitars
•••   Phil Cook, keyboards, piano & backing vocals
•••   Cameron Ralston, bass
•••   Pinson Chanselle, drums & percussion
THE SPACEBOMB CHOIR
•••   Lindsey Beekman
•••   Stacie Brown
•••   Audrey Christesen
•••   Caitlin Costello
•••   Kelsey Snyder
•••   Abigail Stinnett
With
•••   Andy Jenkins, vocals
•••   Matthew E. White, vocals on Sweet Bunch
•••   Giustino Riccio, congas
•••   Matthew E. White appears courtesy of Domino Records
•••   Produced by Matthew E. White
•••   Engineering by Michael Hegner, Al Weatherhead, Michael Satterfield
•••   Mixed by Adrian Olsen
•••   Recorded at Spacebomb Studios, Richmond, VA
•••   Mastered by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters
•••   All songs written by Andy Jenkins except “Genuine Heart” (by Jenkins & Phil Cook), “Sweet Bunch” (by Jenkins & Matthew E. White), “White Linen” (by Jenkins, Cameron Ralston, trad.), “Illuminated” (by Jenkins & Cameron Ralston), “Get Together” (Jenkins & Matthew E. White), and “Song for Me” (by Jenkins, Cameron Ralston, trad.)
•••   Photographs by Shawn Brackbill
•••   Art Direction and Design by Travis Robertson
© 2018 Spacebomb Records. All Rights Reserved.
A Bunch of Words About Andy Jenkins: Sweet Bunch
##       From the front porches, alleys, and rivers of Richmond, Virginia comes Andy Jenkins carrying a crisp, newly cut album, Sweet Bunch. Hatched in the tradition of Southern culture — unhurried in his art, yet weirdly ahead of the curve by the time he arrives — Andy is a distinctive and joyously idiosyncratic songwriting talent, ripened over years of relative obscurity. Sweet Bunch springs into the world fully~formed, sitting at the crossroads of modernism and timelessness, sensitivity and decision, with the expansiveness and musical drawl of Big Star, the bounce of John Prine, and the curly, perfectly~carved melodies of George Harrison. Each song paints a wild landscape, the mood of a sun setting on a damn good day among friends and favored creatures.
##       Andy is a kind of unheard counterpoint, originating from the same small scene of independent Virginia youth culture that produced artists like Justin Frye (PC Worship) Natalie Prass, and Matthew E. White, all friends from his teenage years. He found the perfect seedbed for his particular sensibility in Spacebomb Records, a label known for offering high musicianship outside of the predictabilities of New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles. Produced by longtime collaborator White, with the Spacebomb crew and another old friend, Phil Cook, running hard into midnight, Sweet Bunch was essentially recorded in three days of flow~state, with the drums, bass, keys, and guitars all live and nothing to regret. The source of this musical surety lies with Jenkins’ songwriting — natural and effortless as the glide of a swan or sailboat — matched in spirit and strength by the sweet bunch in the studio. Backed by some ringers and a very full chorus, Andy’s warm words come buoyed on cool streams of melody, telling the greater world that Virginia has become, once again, a musical frontier.
##       Andy could have found no better seedbed for this sensibility to flower than Spacebomb, a label known for offering high musicianship outside of the predictability of New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles. Produced by Matthew E. White, Sweet Bunch was recorded in three magical days of flow~state, the drums, bass, keys, and guitars all live and nothing to regret. The source of this musical surety lies above all with Jenkins’ songwriting — natural and effortless as the glide of a swan or sailboat — matched in spirit and strength by the sweet bunch in the studio. The Spacebomb crew ran hard into midnight with a few ringers along for the ride, and a very full chorus of voices shining bright behind Andy’s relaxed, self~assured singing, gently insistent as it dips and soars at every measure. Contentment in life and patience with craft is announced, almost as credo, on the opening track ‘Hazel Woods’: “Man, I would love to finish the book but I still have pages and pages of lines. Time sends out a withering look, but I pay it no mind. God, it’s a drag to figure it out, but what else can I do? Nothing whatever, but to read for my pleasure, as the light passes through…”
##       Jenkins sends his warm words buoyed on cool streams of melody, to tell the greater world that Virginia has become, once again, a musical frontier. He sits at a crossroads of modernism, sensitivity and decision, with the expansiveness and musical drawl of Big Star, the bounce of Warren Zevon, and the curly, perfectly~carved melodies of Kevin Ayers. His lyrics have a tendency to stick in the mind, not straightforward storytelling, but always delivering a kind of payoff or reward. Their surrealism, closer to the origin of that term, sees the world in dualities, layered images and dreams. On the topic of love, he is soul~bearing yet light, focused outward, singing conversationally as if from driver to passenger remarking on the passing views. In a way, all of his songs are outdoor songs. Each paints a wide and wild landscape, the mood of a sun setting on a damn good day spent among friends and favoured creatures. Sitting high on the hog, like a bump on a log, getting lost in the goodness of the earth.
Review
By Jenna Mohammed, Published Jun 12, 2018 / Score: 8
##       Andy Jenkins may not be a name you’re familiar with, but after his debut, Sweet Bunch, you may be hearing more of him. His style is a little bit country with a lot of edge and spunk. Jenkins’ songwriting is breezy and his lush vocals set the bar high for his soulful debut.
##       Sweet Bunch starts off with the upbeat track “Hazel Woods.” A carefully sculpted, warm tune that slowly evolves from twangy guitar to a long harmonic drone. The transition to the next song, “Curve of Love,” is a drawback; there is no smooth changeover between tracks, making the experience less organic in its flow.
##       The remainder of the album makes it all forgivable though. “Ascendant Hog” is a song that perfectly captures a carefree summer evening vibe. Jenkins’ vocals are reminiscent of Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes — strong but never overbearing. Influenced on the sounds of Southern culture, “Sweet Bunch” exudes bluesy chords and sprawling bass. It’s a feel~good track that perfectly exemplifies Jenkins’ indie~folk style.
##       Sweet Bunch flaunts a raw, unique sound inspired by ‘70s rock. Jenkins makes a strong debut through his talent to create an atmosphere we are all too familiar with — a perfect summer day.  ##       https://exclaim.ca/
Label: http://spacebombrecords.com/
Bandcamp: https://andyjenkins.bandcamp.com/album/sweet-bunch
Website: https://andyjenkins.ltd/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/_andy_jenkins
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andyjenkins.ltd/
Interview, text by Olivia Fleming: https://nylon.com/articles/song-premiere-andy-c-jenkins-hazel-woods
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HteFlv1FlRM
Glassnote: https://glassnotemusic.com/
MANAGEMENT: Sean Patrick Rhorer
PUBLICITY (U.S.): Alyssa DeHayes
PUBLICITY (UK): Chris Latham, Katie Malcolmson
BOOKING: Karl Morse
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Andy Jenkins — Sweet Bunch (June 15, 2018)

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