Casal embraces the
“New Cosmic California”
aesthetic: “Need Shelter” from forthcoming album Sweeten The Distance.
By Blurt Staff
Songwriter and guitarist Neal Casal, known both as a solo
artist and as a member of both Ryan Adams & The Cardinals and the Chris
Robinson Brotherhood, will release his tenth studio album Sweeten The Distance on April 10 via The Royal Potato Family. Check
out new song “Need Shelter” – a solo video performance of it can be found below
Produced by Thom Monahan (Fruit Bats, Devendra Banhart, Vetiver), Sweeten The
Distance includes rich acoustic textures and sophisticated melodies (“Bird
With No Name,” “Need Shelter” and “Gyrls of Wynter”)
contrasting with psych folk ambiance (“White Fence Round House,”
“Feathers for Bakersfield”
and “How Quiet It Got”).
Casal first made a name for himself with a series of highly
praised solo albums, beginning in 1995 with Fade
Away Diamond Time and followed by recordings like Basement Dreams, No Wish To Reminisce and the retrospective
collection Leaving Traces. In 2006,
he joined Ryan Adams & The Cardinals with whom he recorded four albums: Easy Tiger (which reached #7 on the
Billboard chart), Follow the Lights,
Cardinology and III/IV.
Currently, he serves as a central component of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood.
The band toured throughout 2011 and is working on their debut studio recording.
Over the last year, Casal has also added guitar and vocals to Ryan Adams Ashes
& Fire, Fruit Bats Tripper, The Jayhawks Mockingbird Time, Vetiver The
Errant Charm and a forthcoming recording by Beachwood Sparks.
1. Sweeten The Distance
2. Bird With No Name
3. Need Shelter
4. Let It All Begin
5. White Fence Round House
6. So Many Enemies
7. Feathers For Bakersfield
8. Time & Trouble
9. How Quiet It Got
10. The Gyrls of Wynter
11. Angel and You’re Mine
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