Eliot Eidelman’s new album DIFFERENT NOW inhabits the sweet spot between the iconoclastic and the iconic. His third self-produced LP evokes the wide-eyed, anything-goes creativity of folk-rock records from the late-‘60s and early-‘70s while irreverently blazing a trail forward into uncharted waters. DIFFERENT NOW marks an exciting and noticeable leap in maturity for the nomadic young songwriter.
Recorded on tape at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, the new album emerges sounding bright, lived-in, and spaced-out. While one can hear invocations of particular influences, the deeply-felt psychedelic singularity of Eidelman's overall vision ensures he always sounds like himself, hopped up on a restless, avidly inspired vibe he's both eager and able to pass on.
Vintage organ surges, ramshackle piano runs, baroque guitar arpeggios and ethereal vocal harmonies lend a depth of variety and color to Eidelman's songs, bringing us deeper into his rich, frenzied vision than ever before. Never wasteful with ideas, songs contain single sections powerful enough that a less discerning artist would be tempted to repeat into the ground. But his keen awareness of transience and change allows Eidelman to arrive at a naturally-timed balance that invites repeated listens.
In keeping with its title, DIFFERENT NOW is full of meditations upon, as well as artistic enactments of felt transition. Songs can shift tone and mood with the stark abruptness of an early-prog prank. But an apparent unforced fluency with the history of album-making assures them an essential earnestness that never feels like either empty experimentation or retro-nostalgia.
More clearly than ever, Eidelman emerges not a traditionalist, but as a knowing player in the wild, living, still-changing tradition of pop eccentricity.
released October 14, 2016
recorded by Andrija Tokic and Eduardo DuQuesne at
The Bomb Shelter, Nashville, TN
mixed by Nathaniel Kiser at Sleeping Partner Studio, Atlanta, GA
mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering, Portland, OR
artwork by Susanna Battin
Eliot Eidelman - guitar, harmonica
James Wallace - keyboards
Jeff Ratner - bass
Aaron Shafer-Haiss - drums
all selections published by Eliot Eidelman Music (ASCAP)
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