“Croz is back, again” – NPR Music has new single from David Crosby’s fourth solo album in five years
David Crosby is in the middle of an unprecedented and unexpected late-career renaissance, getting ready to release his fourth solo album in five years, Here If You Listen, on October 26th via BMG. This new album was made in collaboration with his “Lighthouse” band - Becca Stevens, Snarky Puppy’s Michael League and Michelle Willis - and features writing, arranging and singing from all four artists. NPR Music has a premiere of the latest single “Vagrants of Venice,” of which they say:
“With music written by Becca Stevens and lyrics by all members, Crosby's vocals on ‘Vagrants Of Venice,’ wondrously capture his rich, classic timbre. Over a hypnotic guitar line, sparse, haunting instrumentation and Crosby's lead vocals, all four members' harmonies wrap around each other with exquisite nuance, bringing the song to a magical climax.”
The songs lyrics feature vivid imagery of a dystopian Venice of the future, when the city is underwater and a “lonely woman plants a rooftop garden from the soil that’s blown in, and the seeds that washed up on the tides,” and “two young orphans burning ancient paintings and Victorian tables just to keep from freezing in the night.”
Produced by League and co-produced by Stevens, Willis and Crosby, Here If You Listen bears a stripped-down, acoustically driven sound centered on the band’s stunning harmonies. But despite its sonic simplicity and minimal percussion, the album unfolds in infinitely shifting textures that find each musician tapping into their own carefully honed palette and idiosyncratic sensibilities.
Crosby and the “Lighthouse” band will hit the road this fall in support of Here If You Listen. The five-week, coast-to-coast tour kicks off November 2nd at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle, WA and ends December 8th at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. A full list of tour dates can be found here.
Here If You Listen pre-order can be found here.