£20.99 – Black LP
maybe we never die, anderson east’s third release for elektra/low country sound takes the alabama born, nashville-based singer-songwriter’s seductively vintage voice in a decidedly fresh direction.
the 12 tracks flow together with an overarching sense of ambience but maintain distinct musical boundaries. the energy toggles between a hunger for vulnerability in togetherness and a clinging to solitude as a romantic self-defense. there is consternation with the speed and volume at which the world operates and solace to be found in the simple act of getting up and going. and the beguiling title track, with its woozy strings swirling around east’s celestial falsetto as it curls towards the ceiling like smoke is, as they say, a whole mood; a sense of a single night’s dusk-to-sunrise contemplation. collaborating once again with dave cobb along with longtime bandleader and now co-producer philip towns, east has found an enticing new avenue, one that maintains a connection to his past but keeps his eyes on the road ahead.