Douglas Andrew McCombs, guitarist/bassist of Tortoise, Eleventh Dream Day, and Brokeback has announced his debut solo album
Due out on September 23rd, 2022
Douglas Andrew McCombs, the guitarist and bassist known for his innovative work in Tortoise, Eleventh Dream Day, and Brokeback, has announced his debut solo album name, VMAK<KOMBZ<<<DUGLAS<<<6NDR7<<<, due out on September 23rd, 2022.
McCombs has remained one of the most consistently distinct and distinguished voices in guitar music for the past three decades, releasing albums with David Daniell and collaborating with the likes of Tom Zé, Yo La Tengo, Stereolab, and Daniel Lanois, as well as acting as touring sideman for artists like The Sea and Cake and Chris Forsyth, and many more. Recently, McCombs has formed the new trio Black Duck with guitarist Bill MacKay and drummer Charles Rumback.
VMAK<KOMBZ<<<DUGLAS<<<6NDR7<<< is a window into McCombs’ solo practice, effortlessly stretching the boundaries of the guitar while staying firmly grounded by blissful, uncanny melody. The album title was lifted by the well-traveled McCombs from one of the visas packed into his current passport, the stamp a reminder of how far his music has taken him – literally all over the world. Not since McCombs’ solo outlet Brokeback blossomed into a full-fledged rock unit has his singular approach to solo guitar playing been exhibited in such striking detail. Taking after Brokeback’s classic Morse Code in the Modern Age: Across the Americas, “Two To Coolness” is a piece that McCombs refined through a series of improvised performances and features Calexico drummer John Convertino, as well as singer/guitarist/synth player Sam Prekop (also of The Sea and Cake). “Green Crown’s Step” was largely improvised working through melodies and patterns. The stately “To Whose Falls Shallows” reshapes three key themes that Tortoise and Brokeback fans will find to be signature McCombs, buoyed by fellow Brokeback member James Elkington (Tweedy), who also engineered and mixed the album.
On the album, McCombs plays with spare instrumentation and primarily plays electric and acoustic guitars as well as the Bass VI, drawing out textures that stretch the scope of his instruments. McCombs’ work is pastoral and expansive, his playing is refined and nuanced, and his melodies often bely his admiration for Ennio Morricone as his guitar imbues endlessly sprawling fields of the midwest with the same sense of magic. It is a true pleasure to hear him perform in such an intimate way. This is an absolute essential for followers of McCombs and newcomers alike, as the album lays bare his influence on each of his groups as well as firmly stakes McCombs as a force all his own.McCombs will be playing select North American shows this October with Tortoise.
Tortoise tour dates
Oct. 1 – Montreal, QC – Theatre Rialto
Oct. 2 – New York City, NY (Brooklyn) – Elsewhere
Oct. 3 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
Oct. 4 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
Oct. 5 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
Douglas Andrew McCombs – VMAK<KOMBZ<<<DUGLAS<<<6NDR7<<< tracklist
1. Two to Coolness
2. Green Crown’s Step
3. To Whose Falls Shallows
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