|David Duchovny||Every Third Thought|
|King Baby/GMG||February 9th, 2018|
David Duchovny — Every Third Thought (Feb. 9th, 2018)
•≥•≥ David Duchovny se snaží poučit ze své minulosti v novém albu Every Third Thought. Příležitostně narazíte na písničku jako “Strangers in the Sacred Heart” nebo “Mo”, které zní jako The Pixies v deformované realitě. Ale buďme upřímní, držím se stebélka slámy, proto používám tuto analogii. “The world is your oyster; you can have it all, son. Don’t let the bastards tell you any different.” — Mum. “I feel like this album presents a real growth lyrically and musically from the first,” musician~actor says.
•≥•≥ Duchovny’s musical aspirations are a relatively recent development. In 2015, Duchovny told Rolling Stone he first picked up the guitar just a few years prior to amuse himself and he began with the classics. “The Beatles, Lou Reed, the Band, Petty — classic white~guy rock,” he said, naming artists whose songs he first learned to play on guitar. “I love Seventies funk, but I’m not good enough to play it yet. So hopefully, within the next year or so, I’ll get my jazzy chords and come out with a little Sly and the Family Stone tribute album.”
Born: David William Duchovny, August 7, 1960, New York, New York, U.S.
Residence: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Album release: February 9th, 2018
Record Label: King Baby/GMG
Recorded: Atomic Sound
01. Half Life 5:09
02. Every Third Thought 4:04
03. Maybe I Can’t 3:49
04. Stranger in the Sacred Heart 4:54
05. Mo’ 4:34
06. Someone Else’s Girl 3:32
07. When the Whistle Blows 4:23
08. Spiral 4:42
09. Roman Coin 4:29
10. Jericho 4:30
11. The Last First Time 3:54
12. Marble Sun 3:10
Roman Gokhman February 5, 2018, 6:30 am
•≥•≥ On TV series Californication, actor David Duchovny played a novelist fighting writer’s block and myriad other distractions that kept him from putting words to a page. In his own life, Duchovny, best known for his role as Fox Mulder from The X~Files, has overcome those obstacles as a writer. He’s written three novels, the first two of which made the New York Times Best Sellers’ list. The third, Miss Subways, hits store shelves in May.
•≥•≥ But if there’s one passion that had eluded Duchovny, 57, it was learning how to properly play a guitar. He had one growing up, but other commitments got in the way.
•≥•≥ “I’ve always loved music, and it was sad to me that I wasn’t able to produce it in any way,” Duchovny said recently over the phone. “The whole idea was that I was just going to be able to play guitar well enough to sit in a room and kind of amuse myself while playing songs that I loved.”
•≥•≥ Finding some free time between projects a few years ago, Duchovny bought an expensive acoustic guitar, determined to learn. This week, he will release his second album, Every Third Thought.
•≥•≥ “That’s really how it all started, and still what it’s about. But now the songs that I like are ones that I’m writing,” Duchovny said, chuckling.
•≥•≥ The actor~novelist~producer released his debut album, Hell or Highwater, in 2015. The folky alt~country album received generally positive reviews, uncommon for a music project for an actor. But for his follow~up, Duchovny moved in a darker lyrical direction and a different sound. The distorted, fuzzy guitars, with just the right amount of squelch and chiming riffs are hallmarks of ‘90s alt rock.
•≥•≥ The name of the album (and title track) is a callback in a line in The Tempest — “Like any English major, I’m a big Shakespeare guy.” The specific line, delivered by Prospero, is an introspection of one’s own mortality: “Every third thought shall be my grave.” To Duchovny, the line speaks of obsession with death. But the album, and song, is more about romantic obsession than a mortal one. The album has no main thematic core, but it has several recurring topics.
•≥•≥ “The song [“Every Third Thought”] is about my dad. The song is about death, moving on,” he said. “There’s a lot of songs about loss or songs about love. There’s a couple of lighter songs as well. The only things that holds them together is that they’re all from my mind.”
•≥•≥ The loss of life and love intermingle sometimes, as they do on the album’s first single, “Half Life.” “Unconditional love decays/ Only fossilized hearts can break,” he sings. On the ballad “Jericho,” Duchovny sings about visiting his father’s grave for a sign or guidance on how to live his life, which “never comes.” And on the chugging “When The Whistle Blows,” he again looks at the past: “We can’t undo the hurt that’s been done/ We can’t un~win the battle we’ve won.”
•≥•≥ Duchovny wrote and recorded the songs in 2016 at Atomic Sound studio in Brooklyn with the same band he worked with on Hell or Highwater: keyboard player and producer Colin Lee, guitarist Pat McCusker, bassist Mitch Stewart and drummer Sebastian Modak. Duchovny wrote primarily with Lee and McCusker, while Stewart wrote one album track, the sparse, slow~burning “Spiral,” on his own. The four members are Berklee~taught and play together in another band.
•≥•≥ On his debut, Duchovny typically wrote the lyrics and chord progressions himself before taking them to his band to spruce up. But for Every Third Thought, he collected individual ideas, verses or a chorus, and he and the band would work on turning the ideas into songs together.
•≥•≥ “When we started to record, they were going to be the players on the album,” he explained. “We liked each other, and we liked working together, so then we just became collaborators.”
•≥•≥ His own influences primarily come from late ‘60s and early ‘70s classic rock, as well as ‘90s alt~rock, but his younger bandmates also have input.
•≥•≥ “Whatever old fogey sensibilities I have coming from my classic rock, they’re going to throw in their sounds,” he said.
•≥•≥ After finishing the album, Duchovny waited more than a year to release it, looking for some free time between filming his return to the long~awaited third season of Twin Peaks (on which he played cross~dressing FBI Agent Denise — formerly Dennis — Bryson), and the new season of The X~Files, which is currently airing. And unlike his better known pursuits, he didn’t have much financial backing to release, promote and tour Every Third Thought.
•≥•≥ “My music side of my life is a much smaller side,” he said. “It’s not like I have all the power of a television station or a movie studio behind getting it out there.”
•≥•≥ This month he’ll be hitting the road — in Australia — to play some live shows. No U.S. shows are planned as of yet, but they’ll happen, eventually. Duchovny is also excited about getting a chance to sit and write songs in a room with his band for a couple of weeks, creating an even stronger collaboration for a third album.
•≥•≥ Music remains one of his passions, but for him, it’s something more: An opportunity to express himself creatively without placing any pressure on himself.
•≥•≥ “I’m lucky enough to be able to have other things that I do, so music doesn’t have to succeed monetarily in a way that I might want a television show or a movie to do,” he said. “It can just be what it is. And that’s the way I approach it.” •≥•≥ http://www.riffmagazine.com/
By Brian Hiatt, May 11, 2015
•≥•≥ One of your songs disses Bob Dylan for doing ads — that’s ballsy for a debut LP.
If I were him, I wouldn’t give a shit what I think. It came from watching the Super Bowl with my children, and the jingoism and bullshit America über alles stuff was making me ill. To me, Dylan was a way in. I’m happy he can make money. I think he can do whatever the fuck he pleases, and he’s aces with me forever.
Your voice sounds a bit like the guy from the National.
•≥•≥ If my voice sounds like anybody, I take it as a compliment [laughs]. With singing, I just wanted to have some sense of when I open my mouth, what the fuck is gonna come out? It’s not natural to me.
What was the first day in the studio like?
•≥•≥ Horrible. At one point, I was just lying on the ground underneath the mic, yelling that this was all a mistake.
You also published a novel this year, and your Twitter bio simply says “dilettante.”
•≥•≥ It’s all just an offering. I’m saying here’s something I did. If you like it, take it with you, and if you don’t, maybe I’ll do it again, and hopefully you’ll like that one.
What’s behind your line about “mediocrities for hourly fees”?
•≥•≥ We’ve all paid for a little therapy, haven’t we? I had a professor who said they called them shrinks because they make things small. They shrink everything. That’s probably the most specifically angry I get in any of these songs.
“A man of words is a man of lies” is a nice lyric.
•≥•≥ That’s the English~literature guy in me: Words are just an approximation. That’s one of the great things about music: It kind of fills up the distance between the words and what you’re feeling.
•≥•≥ Excerpt. More at: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/david-duchovny-really-just-wants-to-sing-20150511
|David Duchovny||Every Third Thought|
|King Baby/GMG||February 9th, 2018|