M Ward Announces New Album

 

“A Wasteland
Companion” due in April; to be accompanied by extensive North American tour.

 

By Blurt STaff

 

 

Portland’s
M Ward released his last solo album Hold
Time
three years ago, although he hasn’t been idle in the interim, releasing
a pair of albums with She & Him as well as one with Monsters of Folk
(extensive tours from both groups, too). Now comes word Merge Records will
release his sixth solo album, A Wasteland
Companion
, on April 10.

 

Inspired by his increasingly itinerant lifestyle Ward set
forth to create something of a musical travelogue. He explains, “Between now
and when I made Hold Time there has
been a lot of traveling which requires a lot of reckoning with what to leave
behind and what to carry – material and otherwise – and thinking about what I
want versus what I need, creatively and otherwise. I wanted to get a reflection
of that on the album. It was a process of stripping away my security blanket,
which is the same four walls I always record in.”

 

Let’s tally up the numbers: The album was made with 18
musicians and recorded in eight different studios in Portland,
Omaha, New York
City, Los Angeles, Austin and Bristol (UK). It features the
talents of Ward (piano, guitars, voice, production), Mike Coykendall (percussion,
bass), Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb (piano), John Parish (percussion, marimba),
Bright Eyes’ Mike Mogis (organ), Susan Sanchez (vocals), She & Him’s Zooey
Deschanel (vocals), Jordan Hudson (percussion), Adam Selzer (bass), Nathan “JR”
Andersen (piano), Scott McPherson (percussion), Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley
(percussion), Dr Dog’s Tobey Leaman (bass), Devotchka’s Tom Hagerman (strings),
Oakely Hall’s Rachel Cox (vocals), Amanda Lawrence (violin), John Graboff
(pedal steel) and Tyler Tornfelt (bass). The recording utilized eight
engineers, including Tom Schick (Rufus Wainwright) and John Parish (PJ Harvey).

 

 

Tracklisting:

 

1- Clean Slate (for Alex & El Goodo)           

2- Primitive Girl                                           

3- Me And My Shadow   
                             

4- Sweetheart                                               

5- I Get Ideas                                               

6- The First Time I Ran Away                     

7- A Wasteland Companion

8- Watch The Show

9-There’s A Key

10- Crawl After You

11- Wild Goose

12- Pure Joy

 

 

 

Tour Dates:

 

 February 2      Los Angeles,
CA @ Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
Cemetery

 

April 11            San Francisco, CA
@ The Fillmore

 

April 12            Santa Cruz, CA
@ The Cocoanut Grove Ballroom

 

April 13            Indio, CA
@ Coachella **SOLD OUT**

 

April 14           Santa Barbara, CA @ SoHO

 

April 16           San Diego, CA
@ Belly Up

 

April 17            Phoenix, AZ
@ Crescent Ballroom

 

April 18           Flagstaff, AZ
@ The Orpheum

 

April 20           Indio, CA
@ Coachella **SOLD OUT**

 

May 5              Portland, ME @ State
Theatre

 

May 6              Burlington, VT @ Higher
Ground

 

May 7              New Haven, CT
@ Toads Place

 

May 8              Boston, MA @ House of
Blues

 

May 11             New York, NY
@ Webster Hall

 

May 12             Philadelphia, PA
@Union Transfer

 

May 13            
Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

 

May 15             Durham, NC
@ Duke Performances at Page Auditorium

 

May 16             Athens, GA @ Georgia
Theatre

 

May 17             Atlanta, GA
@ Buckhead Theatre

 

May 22            
Chicago, IL @ Vic
Theatre

 

May 24             Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

 

 

 

Jonathan Richman supports 4/11

 

fIREHOSE supports 4/12, 4/16-4/18

 

Lee Ranaldo Band supports 5/5-5/22

 

 

 

 

Leave a Reply