John Vanderslice returns with Romanian Names

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    John Vanderslice has done quite a lot in his decade long music career, everything from hanging with The Mountain Goats and making Bill Gates death songs to collaborating with orchestras and releasing lots of critically acclaimed, six to be exact.

    So, when the first line of the press release announcing Romanian Names, the Florida native’s seventh full-length effort by saying “its his best record to date” it definitely peaks one’s attention. While this statement won’t be verified until the album is released on June 9th via Dead Oceans, it certainly appears as if Vanderslice did all he could to make the 12-track effort the very best he has to offer.

    Recorded  famed San Francisco recording studio, Tiny Telephone, Romanian Names sees Vanderslice putting the emphasis on the melody and structure, resulting in a record described as “subtle” and “lush,” with a with a “lyrical approach less concerned with narrative and cohesion than previous [Vanderslice] records, leading to a new tone that feels self-assured, natural, and unafraid.” Ok, so it might be more press release rhetoric,  the album’s recently revealed first single, “Fetal Horses”, does give some credence to the description…


    …so maybe they ain’t lying when saying this is Vanderslice’s best record to date. We shall see.

    Check Out:
    “Fetal Horses”

    Romanian Names Tracklist:
    01. Tremble And Tear
    02. Fetal Horses
    03. C&O Canal
    04. Too Much Time
    05. D.I.A.L.O.
    06. Forest Knolls
    07. Oblivion
    08. Sunken Union Boat
    09. Romanian Names
    10. Carina Constellation
    11. Summer Stock
    12. Hard Times

    John Vanderslice 2009 Tour Dates:
    05/17 – Merced, CA @ The Partisan *
    05/19 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
    05/21 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
    05/22 – Seattle, WA @ Early Street Records (FREE)
    05/27 – Provo, UT @ Velour *
    05/28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court *
    05/29 – Denver, CO @ High Dive *
    05/30 – Omaha, NE @ Slow Down
    06/06 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
    06/09 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Warhol Museum
    06/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

    * = w/ The Morning Benders

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