RAIN OF FROGS
NEW WAYS OF LETTING GO
Zapruder's music is a continual reminder that the song is at the heart of the matter. By pushing the classic envelopes of melody, harmony and song structure, Zapruder's new record delivers eleven gems that fuse the intricate song-craftsmanship of his earlier work with all the tones and colors of a handpicked orchestra.
Known as the Rain of Frogs, this unlikely collection of the Bay Area's finest includes Nate Query from the Decemberists, Jonathan Segal from Camper Van Beethoven, Scott Pinkmountain from Pink Mountain, Scott Solter of Tiny Telephone, Jon Bernson from Ray's Vast Basement, and some fifteen others.
With this group around him, Zapruder leads us outdoors, into songs that are strangely removed, impossibly familiar, sometimes violent, frequently sublime and unconsciously personal.
Using his own mental trials as a torch, Zapruder explores the narrow footpath connecting insanity and everyday life, presenting a stream of narrators who report back on their findings, often with strange and enigmatic results. Over the course of the record, a cumulative sense of internal clarity emerges, as the lyrical scenarios interact with masterful arrangements of complex and deceptive beauty.
1. The Alchemist
2. Haymaker Market
3. Butterfield's and Baker's
4. Shepherd's Purse
5. Red Violins
6. On the Arm of a Burning City
7. Jet Black Birds
8. Elm Yellows
9. The Institute is Burning
10. Far Rockaway
RAY'S VAST BASEMENT
SCOTT PINKMOUNTAIN &
THE GOLDEN BOLTS OF TONE
THE FRESH & ONLYS
"Beautiful folk-pop ballads..." -PITCHFORK
"Masterful... It's probably not too much of an overstatement to hang the genius tag on multi-instrumentalist Michael Zapruder." -AMPLIFIER
"I’ve fallen in love with New Ways of Letting Go. It’s gorgeous, uplifting, well-wrought, and magical. Spend your money on this. You won’t be disappointed."
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