Longtime disciple of the rich and strange music that sings behind the American veil, Jeffrey Foucault has spent the last decade mining the darker seams of country and blues, producing a string of spare and elemental albums of rare power while garnering accolades across the United States and overseas for a tersely elegant brand of songwriting set apart by its haunting imagery and weather-beaten cool. He lives in Western Massachusetts.
His newest album, HORSE LATITUDES (May 2011/Signature Sounds), features Eric Heywood (Pretenders, Ray Lamontagne) on pedal steel and electric guitars, Jennifer Condos (Ray Lamontagne, Sam Phillips) on electric bass, Billy Conway (Morphine, Twinemen) on drums, and Van Dyke Parks (Ry Cooder, Lowell George, Brian Wilson) on keys. It will be Jeffrey's first collection of original material in five years. A cross-country collision of rock, country, and folk, Horse Latitudes alights with equal grace on full-band ragers and whispered solo pieces, delivering a collection of songs that inhabit the borderlands of heartbreak and memory.
The Horse Latitudes are the equatorial reaches where only ocean, sky, and desert obtain; where legend says becalmed Spanish sailors put their horses overboard as the cisterns ran dry. Places of element, and reckoning. Cinematic in scope and movement, Horse Latitudes is the place of reckoning, confronting the end of nature and the end of youth in a series of vivid dreams, unfolding characters from younger life and lovers lost or forgotten against dark fragments of modern time.
In a decade on the road, Jeffrey Foucault - a Wisconsin native now living in western Massachusetts - has produced a string of critically acclaimed albums and garnered accolades across the United States and overseas for his tersely elegant brand of songwriting. With Horse Latitudes Foucault gives us ten new original songs that showcase an artist in the fullness of his powers, offering a compelling vision of modern American music.