(filmmaker Rick Alverson, Emilie Rex and Erik Hall)
Share New Single “Watch Me”
Debut S/T Album Coming 20 October on Western Vinyl
Lean Year is singer Emilie Rex and filmmaker/musician Rick Alverson [director of the cult-drama, The Comedy (2012), Entertainment(2015) and music videos for the likes of Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, Oneohtrix Point Never and Strand of Oaks]. They share their second gorgeous, ambient single, “Watch Me,” from their debut, S/T album due out 20 October on Western Vinyl. The track was premiered by Gold Flake Paint, who described it as, “a tender landscape of captivating intrigue, all mist-shrouded hills and unsaturated colours that buries the listener within.”
Equally informed by the minimalist folk music of Elizabeth Cotton, Karen Dalton, and Fred Neil; the tenuous, ambient, and orchestral works of Harold Budd, Brian Eno, and John Cale; the quietly pointed but tender songs of Nina Simone and Bessie Smith; and the baroque pop subversions of Love and The Left Banke, the inspirations for Lean Year are as varied as Rex and Alverson’s biographies.
Their childhoods, framed respectively by New Age ideology and antiquated Catholic Catechism; anarchist Montessori and cold, cloistered ice arenas; the chaotic, upheaval of divorce and the strange, obligatory qualities of life-long marriage, provide footing on uneven ground for the record’s dream-like, oblique observations. In the wake of these dynamic histories, the two leaned on music as a kind of secular spirituality.
Rex and Alverson co-wrote the album over the course of a year at their home in Richmond, VA and recorded it in three sessions at the home studio of Chicago musician and engineer Erik Hall (In Tall Buildings, NOMO), who also performs on the record. Alverson and Hall co-produced the album’s ten tracks, drawing on both Hall and Elliot Bergman’s (NOMO) arsenal of instruments.
20 October 2017
1 – Come and See
2 – Her Body In The Sky
3 – Earner
4 – Holy Mountain
5 – Watch Me
6 – Sonja Henie
7 – Waterloo Suns
8 – The Louder Voice
9 – Figs
10 – Nines