For more than 20 years enchant Counting Crows your listeners all over the world with their deeply soulful and complex kind timeless Rock and Rolls. Now the native of San Francisco alt-rock band dares to their seventh Studio album "Somewhere Under Wonderland"With a new approach in the songwriting, which is adventurous and visionary, yet is still based on the original emotions, in new regions. Driven by the same genuine passion that her songs since multi-platinum album"August and Everything After" from 1993 flows, set the Counting Crows (Singer Adam Duritz; guitarists David Bryson, David Immergluck and Dan Vickrey; bass player Millard Powers; keyboardist Charlie Gillingham and drummer Jim Bogios) Each of the nine licentious songs together on "Somewhere Under Wonderland" from Lush soundscapes and narrative texts. So some of their previously epochalsten yet intimate songs have emerged.
Succeeding the cover album "Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation)"The Counting Crows of 2012 was "Somewhere Under Wonderland" highly esteemed by the Revised versions pieces by artists such as Bob Dylan, Big Star, Gram Parsons and Faces inspired. "Working on the cover album was exceptional for the band," says Duritz. "It has brought us many new ideas on how to make music." After trip to "Underwater Sunshine"The band wrote" Somewhere Under Wonderland "in the context of some feverish sessions while a few weeks lived in Duritz 'loft in Greenwich Village in autumn, 2013. Subsequently, they met in December and in February to Fantasy Studios in Berkeley with producer Brian deck, the several times with the Counting Crows, but also Iron Wine, The Shins, Margot The Nuclear, So and So's and Modest Mouse collaborated. When the album took shape, recognized the band that helped her songwriting and sound to more versatility to interpret the music of other Acts. "We sang the songs of other people and taken new perspectives, so we away to look at the music only as a way to express what I experience," says Duritz. "I at, so a couple of really great songs came began to allow me over stuff to write about that I would previously have not written..
The title "Somewhere Under Wonderland" which the bizarre and dahinschlurfenden second song on the album "Earthquake Driver"Is taken, is a tribute to the Laurel Canyon in Hollywood, where Duritz was once home. "I moved there when that started with us to be so crazy," he says, referring to the years after the huge success of "August And Everything After"." There I almost started my life over again, and on this album is actually also a new beginning Somewhere Under Wonderland "" This sense of renewal gives Duritz gracefully on. "- A new beginning without the burden of past discard entirely to be able to. he achieves this primarily by warm and powerful vocals, in which often combine hope and melancholy in a single note, and elegant sealed texts that accept almost novelistic proportions. "It can be very restrictive, only writing from the own experience, so the songs tell the story often part of other people, even in the first-person and sometimes not, "says Duritz, who also notes that its recent collaboration with the highly respected playwright Stephen Belber fOr the in the United States currently running play "Black Sun"Helped him to a new approach to the lyrics for the album" to find Somewhere Under Wonderland ".
"Palisades Park"The eight and a half minutes long opener of" Somewhere Under Wonderland ", accompanied two fictional friends in strongly in transition world of New York of the late 70s, which are just about to find himself. The alternately cheerful and heartbreaking, piano-driven History is interspersed with images of boxing legends Jack Johnson and Jim Jeffries, flying horses and pinball machines, Edie Sedgwick and Angel Dust - All amidst a comic romance that sometimes soars to tender aphorisms ( "Real love outlives teenage loss / We could get wet and it keeps us warm"). This artful and yet simple balance between fancy images and striking observations pervades the entire "Somewhere Under Wonderland". For instance, told the grand fueled "Elvis Went to Hollywood"Stories of aliens on motorcycles and the spirit of Alex Chilton, and the driving, harmony-rich "Scarecrow"Complains" American boys at the Park 'n' Shop, selling Their memories for a dollar a pop. ""Earthquake Driver"Sets his merry tune the restless energy of his text counter (" What is the price for all this fame and self-absorption? / We turn ourselves into orphans / And then spend our nights alone "). With" Dislocation "offer Counting Crows finally a soaring but melancholy exploration of isolation and identity in our time ( "I am written in the radio / I dream on my TV"), the next Jackie O also subways, gamma radiation, paper airplane, birthday cakes and bombs mentioned.
But all this is nothing new. The Counting Crows have long been successful with wonderfully complex songs whose lyrics always disclose new moods. The band formed in the early 90 San Francisco and experienced their breakthrough with their debut album August and "Everything After", that from T-Bone Burnett was produced, the former member of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue is and also as artists Elvis Costello and Los Lobos has produced. "August and Everything After" sold itself ultimately seven million times, and the second album of Counting Crows, "Recovering the Satellites", that from Gil Norton was produced, the groundbreaking work for Pixies, Gomez and the Foo Fighters has done, made it when it was released in October 1996 at # 1 and eventually reached double platinum. The Counting Crows developed a reputation as an unforgettable live act and published in 1999 "This Desert Life"2002"Hard Candy"And 2008"Saturday Nights Sunday Mornings"And in 2004 the Oscar-nominated single"Accidentally in Love"And a lot of live albums (including"Echoes of the Outlaw Roadshow"2013, alludes whose title still held concerts Duritz together with the bloggers Ryan Spaulding (Ryan's Smashing Life) organized to help indie bands more popularity).
With "Somewhere Under Wonderland" continue the Counting Crows its tradition of uncompromisingly to play honest music that is based on pure emotions, even if the stories that are at the center of the songs are mere fiction. "Palisades Park" for example, is inspired by Duritz 'youth in the wild San Francisco, but is also nurtured by his experience of the musician's life: "One lives completely outside of what everyone else is doing, which can be very liberating, but also scary. " FOr Duritz is one of the most enriching aspects of the change of perspective on "Somewhere Under Wonderland" the joyful progress in some of his previously unknown convolutions. "I was talking with a friend who is also a songwriter, and asked him if he finds that the songs on this album are less personal than the ones I write otherwise," says Duritz the creation process of "Somewhere Under Wonderland ". "And he said, 'No' to me they come actually much personal front. FOr me you have the past 20 years more or less spent an epic tragedy to write about what it's like to suffer from mental illness, but that's not everything that makes you. you do not run every day from dawn to dusk depressed through the area. you're funny. you're talking a lot of nonsense and have wacky ideas, do you think you twisted associations one, would not get to the other. There is not a single great tragedy. the other albums are great, but this a little trip comes in your thoughts the world much closer. "
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