Mike Dillon Releases New Album ‘Rosewood’

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Mike Dillon returns with new album Rosewood via Royal Potato Family. The 13-track effort is the mallet instrument master’s first solo studio album since 2017’s Life Is Not A Football.

Rosewood is about as close to a true solo album that the highly collaborative Dillon has released. The entire LP was recorded with percussive instruments, including Dillon’s signature axe: a Majestic Electric Vibraphone. Additionally, the album’s title is a reference to the type of wood used in a marimba. The percussionist recorded the album between January 2018 and September 2019 during a transitional period in his life.

”Much of the feeling of this record is dealing with the sadness of moving out of a great city like New Orleans, but with the optimism of a fresh start in Kansas City,” explains Dillon. “To this day it’s hard for me not to say I live in New Orleans. However, in reality, prior to the pandemic, I lived a nomadic lifestyle in my Chevy van going wherever the next gig leads me. And yet now, in the age of Covid-19, we’re faced with change again.”

Dillon performed most of the album himself save for some drum work from frequent collaborator Earl Harvin. Dillon also tapped his old friend Chad Meise to produce the record. Continued Dillon:

When I decided to record in Kansas City, I immediately recruited Chad. He and I made several Malachy Papers’ records, the Go Go Jungle album Battery Acid and the Mike Dillon Band record Urn. Our chemistry in the middle of a really bittersweet time for me simplified the process. We layered the songs on 24-track, 2-inch tape. Some songs I would start on the vibes, other times I put on a marimba first before fleshing out the rest. My old pal, the incredible drummer Earl Harvin, visited KC from his home in Berlin during the summer of 2018 and played drum kit on several of the tracks. By recording to tape, we captured the warm relationship of the percussion/mallet family.

Listen to Rosewood below: