Califone: New Album

Califone Will Release Their New Album All My Friends Are Funeral Singers
October 6 On Dead Oceans

The critically acclaimed Chicago post-rock act Califone is set to release their forthcoming album All My Friends Are Funeral Singers October 6 on Dead Oceans. The album marks the highly anticipated follow-up to 2006's Roots & Crowns, which The New York Times calls "enthralling," and Paste praises as "Acoustic Delta blues, back-porch Appalachia, folk-pop and syncopated funk marinate in futuristic sounds, like Mississippi John Hurt, Neil Young and Curtis Mayfield transported through Four Tet's chop shop."

The Chicago-based band consists of multi-instrumentalists Tim Rutili, Jim Becker, Joe Adamik, and Ben Masseralla. On All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, produced by longtime collaborator Brian Deck (Iron & Wine, Gomez, Modest Mouse), the band employs a wide range of instrumentation and electronic effects to create a dense collage of sounds. Instruments range from the traditional (guitar, violin, banjo, percussion) to the unusual (optigan, stylophone, baritone ukulele, mbira, thumb piano).

Primary songwriter and vocalist Tim Rutili, whose artistic endeavors stretch beyond music and include the creation of surreal short documentaries, music video and film scores, recently wrote and directed his first feature-length film. The screenplay for the film draws on the same themes and inspirations as the album, and many of the songs were written at the same time and contain the same images and characters. The film, also titled All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, will be submitted to film festivals early next year. Califone will incorporate a full-length presentation of the film during their live performances, adding a new element to the band’s live show.

Nationwide tour dates will be confirmed shortly.

[Published on: 7/15/09]

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