One of two records
Bennett has been working on at the same time offered as download.
Erstwhile Wilco member Jay Bennett is back in the public eye
this week with the release of his new album – however, it’s not the expected Kicking at the Perfumed Air, which had been reported on previously
in the press. The record is titled Whatever
Happened I Apologize, and it’s a project the multiinstrumentalist
songwriter was working on concurrently with Kicking.
Bennett simply decided he wanted to put this one out first,
saying in a statement he issued today, “It just felt more like the right album
for the time,” and describing it as “stark, stripped down, and acoustic
based-more so than any other record I have made. I really wanted to capture the
simpler and more emotional nature of the songwriting, and I knew that the only
way I could do this was to put it together quickly, with no second-guessing,
and no heavy deliberating about minor details.” (See below for the full
But there’s more: he’s offering it as a free download via
digital label Rockproper: www.rockproper.com.
Go to the site and click on the Bennett LP sleeve image on the right-hand side
of the page and you can get the download and check out the relevant recording
notes. And meanwhile, check out Bennett on the web at www.myspace.com/jaybennett.
From Jay Bennett:
As anyone keeping a
watchful eye on me has noticed, October came and went without the release of
“Kicking at the Perfumed Air.” The reason for this: In the final
stages of completing “Kicking at the Perfumed Air,” at Pieholden
Suite Sound (http://www.myspace.com/pieholdenstudios),
I was simultaneously working on a very personal and concise 10-song album
called “Whatever Happened I
Apologize.” After debating back and forth, I have decided to
release “Apologize” first. I am somewhat at a loss for words as to
explain why I arrived at this decision, save to say it’s just one of those
lonely and private choices one sometimes has to make-in other words, it just
felt more like the right album for the time.
It is stark, stripped down, and acoustic based-more so than any other record I
have made. I really wanted to capture the simpler and more emotional nature of
the songwriting, and I knew that the only way I could do this was to put it
together quickly, with no second-guessing, and no heavy deliberating about
minor details. Consequently I would have to learn to embrace the resultant
imperfections-and I have. All of the vocals are done live to my own acoustic
guitar accompaniment, so it has some “warts,” but, in my effort to not forsake
integrity for technical perfection, the album ended up feeling more honest,
immediate, naked, and cohesive to me. I am very proud of presenting myself
without my typical voluminous bells and whistles. I am left wondering why I
haven’t done this more often in the past.
As I’ve really wanted to help out my studio partner, Matt DeWine, and his
partner Casey Meehan, with their new “download record label,” rockproper,
that’s just where you can find this new album: http://www.rockproper.com.
Again, it’s called “Whatever Happened I Apologize,” and did I mention
it’s free? I hope you enjoy it. Please let me know what you think. I would also
like to encourage you all to check out some of the other free downloads, by
some of the great artists, available on the site.