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Soul - Verschijnt op 28 januari 2022 | ATO Records

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Alternative en Indie - Verschijnt op 14 januari 2022 | ATO Records

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Rock - Verschijnt op 5 november 2021 | ATO Records

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Alternative en Indie - Verschijnt op 22 oktober 2021 | ATO Records

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As their last record, 2015's Waterfall, receded into the past, there was an increasing buzz about whether My Morning Jacket was still a band. At one point leader Jim James was even making noises about wanting to quit music altogether. But a series of shows in 2019 at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheater convinced them to try again. Self-titled to symbolize a fresh start—a reset of their ambitions and musical direction—the new album, recorded in California by James at 64 Sound and Removador Fun Ranch West and mixed by James and Kevin Ratterman at Invisible Creature in Los Angeles, is a magnific yet detailed production that according to James seeks to hold onto the "reckless explosion of rock and roll." Too meticulous for any explosions and not quite the mélange of "discovery, revelation, and ecstatic catharsis" touted in their hyperbolic press kit, My Morning Jacket is still a welcome, well-crafted return to form of one of the most creative collectives writing and playing out today. The reality is that little has actually changed from the Waterfall days. Still at the heart of the band's success or failure is the quality of James' original songs and here, inspiration did not desert him. Always enamored of big productions, much of the album sounds like it involves larger forces than just the quintet of James, guitarist Carl Broemel, bassist Tom Blankenship, keyboardist Bo Koster and drummer Patrick Hallahan. In "Never in the Real World" cymbals crash, a chorus of background singers add heft and James indulges his affinity for fashioning an echoey, Dylanesque "Lay Lady Lay" quality to his vocals. His love for showy, flamboyant productions is on full display in the chugging groove of "Love Love Love" which features massed female background vocals and a choppy, shrieking solo from Broemel. While the album's heaviest rocker, "Complex" is dragged down at the end by a slowed tape of James voice sounding bullfroggy and monstrous, the album's catchiest melody and most fully realized number, "Least Expected," has a light, appealing bounce. A look back at the band's alt-country roots, "I Never Could Get Enough" mixes a classic country feel with the modern SoCal folksiness of a picked acoustic guitar and texture-adding synths. And in "The Devil's in the Details" James even ventures into social critique: "Growing up at the mall/ Amidst the fruits of slavery/ We all stand complicit in the greed/ Going to Sephora /To find a different face/ With enough paint I'll disappear/ Without a trace." More of a reaffirmation of their talents and interests than any reset or new beginning, My Morning Jacket is a reminder that this accomplished quintet has horizons limited only by James' imagination. © Robert Baird/Qobuz
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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 15 oktober 2021 | ATO Records

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Soul - Verschenen op 5 oktober 2021 | ATO Records

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 28 september 2021 | ATO Records

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 18 augustus 2021 | ATO Records

"[A] pensive, conscious EP that pulls musical elements from the decades gone before us, whilst hosting lyrical themes of destructive modernism." © TiVo
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"[A] pensive, conscious EP that pulls musical elements from the decades gone before us, whilst hosting lyrical themes of destructive modernism." © TiVo
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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 20 oktober 2020 | ATO Records

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Cordovas made no attempt to hide their love of the Grateful Dead on their 2018 major label debut, That Santa Fe Channel, nor do they run away from that affection on its 2020 sequel, Destiny Hotel. To that Deadhead foundation the quartet adds a hefty dose of the Band, accentuating homespun harmonies and ragged rhythms. Aesthetically and musically, it's a logical, perhaps inevitable, fusion and it also plays into how Cordovas are the rare group of Dead aficionados who emphasize the group's songwriting side over jams. Cordovas can still groove, settling into funky Americana rock & soul more often than not, upon which leader Joe Firstman layers elastic melodies. The vibe is so laid-back that the craft of the construction almost seems incidental, but the sunny tunes give Destiny Hotel a hook as big as the group's nimble fusion of the Dead and Band, a hybrid that often recalls the softer side of 1970s pub rock. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 5 oktober 2020 | ATO Records

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Rock - Verschenen op 2 oktober 2020 | ATO Records

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Musicians play music. That's what they do. Unless they suddenly can't go out and perform for people because, say, there's a global pandemic that has almost entirely shut down live music. Life in a divided nation under the rule of Donald Trump was already weighing heavy on the minds of the Drive-By Truckers on 2016's American Band and 2020's The Unraveling, and being stuck at home and unable to tour, with little to do but watch their nation burn, hasn't made them feel any better. In many respects, 2020's The New OK is an album that came to be because the DBTs couldn't do much else. Most of the tunes were recorded for The Unraveling but were set aside for an album where they would better fit, and a few were recorded with the musicians trading tracks back and forth, recording in separate studios and only communicating in the virtual realm. The result is a record that feels urgent and politically engaged, yet also edgy and claustrophobic in a way that's unusual for this band. The New OK is the sound of men who know things are bad, and they not only don't know how to fix things, they aren't even sure how to protect themselves or their loved ones. Principal songwriter Patterson Hood has been living in Portland, Oregon for the past several years; "Watching the Orange Clouds" and the title tune were informed by the ongoing clashes between activists and law enforcement in his adopted hometown, and his rage at injustice is matched by a puzzled, agonized fear about what's happening and what terrible place it could go next. In short, The New OK is about living with the knowledge that things are not OK at all, and there are no easy or simple answers in the offering. The album's piecemeal construction gives it a more fragmented tone than their best work, and it's insistent at the expense of the careful sequencing they favor. The New OK is also short on contributions from co-founder Mike Cooley, who only gets one song here, though "Sarah's Flame" is a darkly witty and perceptive nod to Sarah Palin and how she made the Trump presidency possible. While a Ramones cover might seem like a strange way to end this album, their furious blast through "The KKK Took My Baby Away" is fun and gloriously liberating, a wild cry against the darkness that reflects the snotty confidence of youth, a luxury these men can't always afford these days. The New OK sometimes feels uneven and precarious, which in this context is an asset rather than a failing; as a snapshot of America in October 2020, it's unnervingly accurate and devastatingly relatable, as well as a powerful set of work from a great American band. © Mark Deming /TiVo