New album of original
material features plenty of star cameos, and more.
By Blurt Staff
Last year we ran a feature on Doveman (that’s Thomas
Bartlett to his ma and pa) and his groundbreaking 2008 reimagining” of the Footloose soundtrack. Kevin Bacon was
mighty proud… Keyboardist Bartlett has also
worked with the likes of The National, Antony,
Bebel Gilberto, The Swell Season/The Frames and Martha Wainwright, and he’s a
pretty in-demand session cat.
Now comes word that he’s returning to his Doveman persona
for a new album, The Conformist, due
Oct. 20 from the Brassland label. He’ll be backed by members of The National
along with longtime collaborators Nico Muhly and Sam Amidon.
The details, courtesy Brassland:
is the project through which Bartlett steps
forward as a songwriter and front man, and on The Conformist, produced by
Grammy Award winner Patrick Dillett (David Byrne, Caetano Veloso, Mary J.
Blige), Bartlett is heard singing in his unique voice throughout, in addition to
playing multiple instruments. Though Bartlett is
classically trained and technically proficient‹he dropped out of high school to
study in London with Maria Curcio–the album¹s
eleven tracks are mostly straightforward pop-rock songs; much of their richness
lies in the atmospheric soundscape in which Bartlett situates his compositions. He
performs the music with a core band that includes The National members Aaron
Dessner, Bryce Dessner and Bryan
Devendorf; Nico Muhly; longtime Doveman member Sam Amidon; and a string
section. The Conformist also features a number of surprising guest vocal
performances, with turns by Martha Wainwright, Matt Berninger (The National)
and Norah Jones, among others.
The Conformist is Bartlett¹s first
collection of original material since 2007’s With My Left Hand I Raise the Dead. Fall-winter tour dates will be
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