Album: Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis to release new solo record
The creator of some of this era’s signature songs, albums and styles with his work as frontman Dinosaur Jnr, J Mascis will release his latest solo studio record this 4th of March. ‘Several Shades of Why’, an album of incredible beauty, will be released on Seattle label Subpop, through Inertia.
‘Several Shades Of Why’ is nearly all acoustic and was created with the help of Kurt Vile, Sophie Trudeau, Kurt Fedora, Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses), Paulo Zappoli (Black Heart Procession), Matt Valentine (The Golden Road), and Suzanne Thorpe (Wounded Knees). Together in small mutable groupings, they conjure up classic sounds ranging from English-tinged folk to drifty, West Coast-style. But every track bears that distinct Mascis watermark, both in the shape of the tunes and the glorious rasp of the vocals.
There is little evidence of stress on ‘Several Shades Of Why’. The title track is a duet with Sophie Trudeau’s violin recalling Nick Drake’s work at its most elegant. “Not Enough” feels like a lost hippie-harmony classic from David Crosby’s “If I Could Only Remember My Name”. “Is It Done” rolls like one of the Grisman/Garcia tunes on “American Beauty”. “Very Nervous and Love” has the same rich vibe as the amazing ruralist side of Terry Reid’s “The River”. ‘Several Shades Of Why’ is ten brilliant tunes that quietly grow and expand until they fill your brain with the purest pleasure.
J Mascis’ ‘Several Shades Of Why’ is out March 4th 2011 through Inertia