Jamie Lidell: New Album w/ Beck, Feist, Griz Bear

JAMIE LIDELL ALBUM COMPASS SET FOR MAY 18, 2010 RELEASE

Jamie Lidell
Warp Records has announced the release of Jamie Lidell's third full-length album Compass on May 18, 2010. The album was recorded in Los Angeles, New York and Canada, Jamie's fellow travelers on Compass include Beck, Feist, Gonzales, Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear and Pat Sansone of Wilco. Musically and lyrically this is very much a Jamie Lidell production — reflecting not only his exhilarating, diverse tastes, but also a year of change, love, longing and arrival at a new place.

Undoubtedly, Compass is his most eclectic album yet. Songs shift, chop, change and mutate genres and forms before our very ears. It's got funk in spades; the jaw-dropping power of the vocals is stronger than ever; it rocks, it pops, it's sweet, angry, hard, soulful and soft, often within the span of a single track. It's the restless album that finally matches the soul of its creator.

Sessions began at Beck's Hudson Studios in Los Angeles, where he gathered Jamie together with Wilco, Leslie Feist and veteran drummer James Gadson (who's hit sticks for Bill Withers, Quincy Jones among many others) for Beck's Record Club project (where a group of musicians cover an album in a day). Inspired by the chemistry of those jams, they shifted to the legendary Ocean Way Studios. There, they were joined by producer/keyboardist Brian Lebarton, singer Nikka Costa and Justin Stanley. All would have an important impact on the album. Pat Sansone from Wilco and Chilly Gonzales (who s played on both Multiply and Jim) were present as musical meta-spirits, recording their parts remotely and delivering them via the internet. As Jamie says of this formidable lineup of brilliant collaborators — You don't fuck with them!

Back in New York he began to make sense of this great big mess on the hard drive. Then it was up to Feist's ranch in the Niagara Escarpment with Chris Taylor, producer and member of Brooklyn avant-pop sensations Grizzly Bear.

"I wrote every song in a month," Jamie says, "It's been an emotional couple of years, so I tapped into what I wanted to say and started writing. There was a lot to draw on." When he takes to the road in 2010, he'll be bringing a band again, but stripping it back; keeping it lean. For both newcomers and initiates, this will be an experience. And no, he won't stop.

http://jamielidell.com/

[Published on: 2/8/10]

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