|Mark Eitzel||Hey Mr Ferryman|
Mark Eitzel — Hey Mr Ferryman (January 27, 2017)
♦♥♦ 17. sólo album, celkově 30. (Toling Midgets, Cowboys, The Naked Skinnies, American Music Club). Hey Mr Ferryman is Mark Eitzel’s heaviest album, but it’s also, in a peculiar way, his sweetest — like Phil Spector orchestrating a George Saunders story.
♦♥♦ Steely character portraits, from an unflinching eye.
♦♥♦ Celebrated singer/songwriter and American Music Club co~founder known for his witty but dour outlook on life and love. © Photo credit: Mark Holthusen
Born: January 30, 1959 in Walnut Creek, CA
Location: San Francisco, CA
Genre: Indie Rock, Indie Folk
Album release: January 27, 2017
01. The Last Ten Years 4:17
02. An Answer 4:36
03. The Road 5:21
04. Nothing and Everything 4:18
05. An Angel’s Wing Brushed the Penny Slots 4:08
06. In My Role as Professional Singer and Ham 5:27
07. Mr Humphries 4:53
08. La Llorona 4:28
09. Just Because 4:52
10. Let Me Go 3:44
11. Sleep from My Eyes 4:00
12. The Singer (For Jason Molina) [Bonus Track] 3:14
13. An Answer (Battersea Session — Mixed by Danton Supple) [Bonus Track] 4:05
♦ Laura Ballance Records
♦ Mark Holthusen Artwork
♦ Jeff Lipton Mastering
♦ Mac McCaughan Records
♦ Tanya Mellotte Vocals
♦ Chris Metzler Records
♦ Maria Rice Assistant Mastering Engineer
♦ Mako Sakamoto Drums♦♥♦ Hey Mr Ferryman is Eitzel’s first full studio album recorded entirely in London. It was made at 355 Studios with Mercury Prize winner Bernard Butler (ex~Suede, McAlmont & Butler), who has produced and/or recorded albums with Tricky, Ben Watt, Bert Jansch, Edwyn Collins, and more. Butler produced Hey Mr Ferryman and played all of the electric guitar, bass, and keyboard parts on the album.
♦♥♦ Hey Mr Ferryman features the vivid melodies long associated with Eitzel’s former band American Music Club — which remains a cult favorite to this day — as well as Butler’s distinctive guitar that serves to complement Eitzel’s expressive vocals. Of that voice, Pitchfork once wrote: “If Leonard Cohen’s voice is a story about the passage of time and Levon Helm’s is a story about losing what is most precious to you, Eitzel’s is about the circuitous roads we take in search of ourselves.”
♦♥♦ “The songs on this record are about celebrating musicians and music, about misogyny, the long shadow of history, getting one’s head out of one’s ass,” quips Eitzel on the themes of Ferryman. “Also oceans, blood, skies, hearts, gay pioneers, carpenters, weeping women, and how death waits for you even in the happiest place on earth: Las Vegas.”Review
Sam Sodomsky, JANUARY 26 2017 / Score: 8.1
AllMusic Review by Mark Deming, Score: ****
Jon Dale January 24, 2017 / Q + A / Score: ****
What connects the characters that populate Hey Mr Ferryman?
♦♥♦ Ha — I have absolutely no clue. Maybe they are people who spend their time hoping that they will find a way out of the endless dark of the cave. You know? Like in the movies: Suddenly there is the sound of ‘rescuers calling out’. Or the hopeful scent of ‘fresh air’. Something that will lead them to light and safety… I’m right there with them. I’m on their side.
|Mark Eitzel||Hey Mr Ferryman|