M. Ward, Marc Ribot On Jolie Holland Album
Singer/songwriter Jolie Holland has put the finishing touches on her fourth album, "The Living and the Dead," due Oct. 7 via Anti-.Singer/songwriter Jolie Holland has put the finishing touches on her fourth album, "The Living and the Dead," due Oct. 7 via Anti-.
Holland teamed with veteran guitarist Marc Ribot and singer/songwriter M. Ward on numerous songs, and was also joined by ex-Decemberists/Norfolk & Western drummer Rachel Blumberg.
"Living" was started last November at Type Foundry studios in Portland, Ore., with the bulk of the material recorded at Studio G in Brooklyn this past spring. Holland recently relocated to the New York borough, where she found a bevy of new sources of inspiration, including a microphone made out of 1940s telephone parts and an autoharp.
"It was up to your elbows in grease -- putting the car together, then taking it apart again," Holland tells Billboard.com of the sessions. "It was fun, but really a lot of work. We generated a lot more material than ended up on the record" -- so much so that Holland says her next record could be a quarter of the way done, and hypothetically could come out next year.
Holland takes a more rock-oriented direction this time around, compared to the jazz- and blues-influenced material of albums like 2006's "Springtime Can Kill You." "It's how the songs needed to be told. These songs needed a rock drummer," she says, adding that Ribot's solo on "Palmyra" is her favorite moment on the effort. "In terms of form, 'Palmyra' is one of the most crystalline songs I've ever written," she says.
Holland plans to tour extensively throughout the fall and into 2009, starting on the West Coast in mid-October.
Here is the track list for "The Living and the Dead":
"Corrido Por Buddy"
"You Painted Yourself In"
"Fox In Its Hole"
"Your Big Hands"
"Sweet Loving Man"