Josh Ritter’s new EP, Bringing In The Darlings, is a collection of 6 songs Josh found himself with that didn’t fit in with the rest of the music he’s writing for his next full length album. Each song on the EP contains the word “darling”, hence the title. “It always kind of rolls off the tongue…It certainly fits in the songs, I think it’s a plaintive word. I imagine, what would a cowboy say to a longhorn?” Josh recently stated in an interview with Paste.
Josh recorded the EP in only 3 days with friend Josh Kaufman last fall at a small studio in Brooklyn. A self-described set of “lullabies”, the songs are simple with simple production and easy-on-the-ears harmonies. The ideas are not as grandiose as others found in his extensive catalog (“The Curse”, “Temptation Of Adam”) but still maintain that dense center that his writing is known for.
Listen to the first song Josh released from the EP, “Why”, over here. Bringing In The Darlings is available tomorrow, February 21, on CD, 10″ vinyl, & MP3. You can grab a copy from his webstore. I’m still waiting on my limited edition copy of the 10″ and CD to arrive – featuring a screen printed cover and alternate artwork. I’ll post photos when it shows up. The vinyl tracks sound warm and smooth, perfect for a cold winter day.
Bad Rabbits are a band from Boston, who specialize in a ridiculously infectious soul, R&B, funk, dance, & pop combination. All the best parts of Michael Jackson, George Clinton, Prince, & Chromeo make their way into Bad Rabbit’s music. I was lucky enough to catch one of their many sets at SXSW 2010 and was amazed. I would not sleep on these guys if I were you. They spent last year recording with Teddy Riley (Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga) and will hopefully drop a highly anticipated full length soon.
Mind Over Matter Records gave this 10” an A+ treatment. Pressed on 3 colors, the records come housed in a heavy, die-cut card stock sleeve, with a screen printed and hand numbered inner sleeve. And the music is crisp, clean, and awesome. It’s on it’s 4th time around in my turntable as I type this. I didn’t even know this was pressed until about a month ago. Luckily a distro had a couple extra copies laying around for cheap. The first press is officially sold out, but the label is gearing up for a second pressing very soon. Don’t sleep.
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