Track hails from forthcoming new album, Modern Blues.
By Blurt Staff
It’s ridiculously easy to be a Waterboys fan; the BLURT staff was nearly in tears when W-boys mainman Mike Scott and his fiddle-playing foil Steve Wickham performed at our day party during the 2013 SXSW. So we are deeply honored to be able to unveil a new track from the band, the track taken from the upcoming album Modern Blues, due Jan. 20 via Kobalt. Listen to “Beautiful Now”:
The album was recorded in Nashville and was produced by Scott and mixed by Bob Clearmountain. It’s the long-running band’s eleventh studio album, and Scott entered the studio intent on “harnessing the rolling, spontaneous energy” of the group’s classic records. He notes, “I set out to make a record with an ensemble playing live, to get that performance spirit. It’s how I recorded Fisherman’s Blues.” To that end, he corralled old hands and new friends. Ralph Salmins, a mainstay on drums for the past four years, appears alongside Scott and talismanic Waterboy Steve Wickham, who weaves a dizzying fuzz fiddle spell on several tracks of Modern Blues. Fresh to the ranks of the group are Memphis keyboard player “Brother” Paul Brown, and David Hood, legendary bassist from the heyday of FAME studios and Muscle Shoals.
Asked why he chose to record in Nashville, Scott (who lives mostly in Dublin) explained, “Nashville has a reputation as Music City, USA and I fancied some of that. It’s one of the few cities that still has a recording studio industry intact, which brings the spur of competition. I know that across town Jack White’s making a record, The Black Keys are making theirs. I like that competitive feeling, it’s exciting. It’s a spur.”
Below you can also listen to another track previously posted online, “Destinies Entwined.” The full tracklisting is as follows:
Still A Freak
I Can See Elvis
The Girl Who Slept For Scotland
Rosalind (You Married The Wrong Girl)
Nearest Thing To Hip
Long Strange Golden Road