For Chasing Giants,
the follow-up to her acclaimed 2007 release
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina-born, New York
City-based singer-songwriter Jennie Arnau recruited some heavy hitters to help
her achieve her Southern roots rock sound.
Producer Trina Shoemaker (Sheryl Crow, Queens of the Stone
Age, Emmylou Harris) and engineer Phil Palazzolo (Neko Case, The New
Pornographers) teamed up in the control booth while Arnau’s core band – drummer
Alan Lerner (Zen Tricksters), guitarist Greg McMullen (Chris Whitley),
keyboardist Pete Levin (Blind Boys of Alabama) and bassist Jason Hogue – was
augmented by special guests Al Schnier (moe.), Noam Pikeny (Leftover Salmon, Punch
Brothers), Kevin Kinney (Drivin N Cryin) and Skip Ward (Steve Martin).
While most star-studded affairs like this come off as a
disjointed collection of one-offs, Chasing
Giants feels like a cohesive album, with is a credit to Arnau’s ability to
enlist the right talent while maintaining her artistic vision. From the
peachy-keen vibe of “Beautiful Life” to the hopefulness of “Bouncing Ball,”
Arnau has produced an album in Chasing
Giants whose songs simultaneously sound like the soundtrack to a particular
moment in time while also embodying a timelessness that listeners will continue
to appreciate decades from now.
DOWNLOAD: “Beautiful Life,” “Bouncing Ball” ANDY TENNILLE