Listen to Eric Bachmann’s forthcoming
album streaming now on NPR Music
Eric Bachmann is previewing his self-titled record on NPR Music a week before its release! NPR’s Jason Heller celebrates the album as “a wise, charming, impressionistic meditation on America that gently reinvents a quietly heroic songwriter.”
Twenty-five years after Archers of Loaf broke onto Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s vital indie scene, frontman Eric Bachmann recorded the rawest, most honest work of his career under his own name. The release of Eric Bachmannmarks the end of Bachmann’s post-Archers solo project Crooked Fingers, and the beginning of a candid new sound.
Where Archers had attitude and guitar-driven intensity, Eric Bachmann has vulnerability, led by piano, rich vocal harmonies, and Bachmann’s hard-won liberty to lay himself bare. “There is less of an externalized character to be responsible to,” says Bachmann, referring to the sardonic smart-ass who narrated the Archers’ music, or the gossiping storyteller at the helm of Crooked Fingers. “When I think about why I am compelled to put my own name on a thing as a proper title now, all of these various perspectives feel unnecessary.”Even in their exhilarating beauty, the nine original tracks on Eric Bachmann are direct challenges—to social injustice, to precarious love, and frequently to Southern hypocrisy.
Recorded in Asheville, NC, and mixed in Taiwan by Athens, GA, expat engineer Andy Baker, Eric Bachmann features musicians including Jeremy Wheatley, Matthew Nelson, Jon Rauhouse, Tracey Wolf, Samara Waller, Wade Rittenberry, and Liz Durrett.
In case you missed it, watch Bachmann perform “Carolina” accompanied by violin and cello at The Pinhook in North Carolina.
Eric Bachmann’s self-titled album will be released on Merge Records on 25th March 2016.