“Resembling A More Folk-Tinged St. Vincent” (L.A. Times), Becca Stevens Band Shine On Perfect Animal - Wondering Sound Premieres First Track
Listen to “Imperfect Animals” Here: http://bit.ly/1BylPIE
September 15, 2014 – “At times resembling a more folk-tinged St. Vincent, Stevens offers richly twisted originals alongside covers of Frank Ocean, Usher and Steve Winwood.” That’s what the L.A. Times has to say about the Becca Stevens Band’s new album Perfect Animal, out November 4th. Wondering Sound premieres “Imperfect Animals,” the first track from the Scott Solter-produced album, saying it’s "an intimate rumination on our inability to be everything to everyone, all the time...the song’s jagged edges — low, scratchy guitars, jerky time signatures — complement the complicated ideals and realities she’s grappling with."
Read the L.A. Times piece here: http://lat.ms/1qVnIMs
After three weeks of initial sessions with the full band in North Carolina and NYC, Stevens and Solter dove into marathon week long stretches of 10-12 hour sessions to record Stevens’ guitar and vocal parts for the album. The intense sessions left Stevens’ fingers bleeding and vocal cords exhausted, but the resulting dynamic intensity can be heard throughout Perfect Animal, and the album is better for it. The current Becca Stevens Band line-up has been performing together for seven years, and the resulting instinctive, organic rapport shines through on Perfect Animal. The album also benefits from a more powerful, expanded sound thanks to the use of electric guitar and bass, keyboards, synths and drummer Jordan Perlson mostly playing a full drum kit mixed with layers of various types of percussion throughout the album.
Stevens is an in-demand writer and collaborator, most recently heard on albums by José James (who told Wondering Sound Becca is "destined for greatness") and Ambrose Akinmusire (who told NPR’s Arun Rath earlier this year that he considers Stevens a genius). She’s also featured alongside Alison Krauss, Rickie Lee Jones, Esperanza Spalding, Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming and others on the all-star Laura Nyro tribute album Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro, conceived and orchestrated by Billy Childs and produced by Larry Klein, out now on Sony Masterworks.
The Becca Stevens Band is Becca Stevens (vocals, guitars, ukulele, charango), Liam Robinson (keyboards, accordion, vocals), Chris Tordini (upright and electric bass, vocals) and Jordan Perlson (drums and percussion).
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