Plays London Queen Elizabeth Hall – January 13th
New Single ‘Big Wheel’ Released January 27th via Domino
“Cass McCombs has made his own double disc ‘Best Of’ – except he’s compiled it entirely with brand new songs” – Q *****
“What richly rewarding, flourishing, beautiful songs they are” – The Fly
“One of America’s finest chroniclers of fringe characters, a writer of heart-rending love songs and psychedelic odes to the natural world, a teller of tall-tales with a sense of humour dry as desert wood, and that rare folksinger who actually sings about the folk” – Pitchfork
“Sprawling yet inmate set of alt.folk/blues, lo-fi country rock and eccentric Americana… but is spiked with jazz fusion and loose instrumental funk” – Uncut
Cass McCombs today premieres via The Guardian the video for ‘Big Wheel‘, the (almost) titular track from Big Wheel and Others, his most recent album. Shot by Cass’s long-term friend and collaborator Albert Herter in New York, California and China, its chaotic, clashing imagery and oblique sloganeering are the perfect accompaniment to a song that see McCombs subtlety yet powerfully dismantle generally agreed notions of Western masculinity and identity with his uniquely irreverent wit and insight.
Watch the video for ‘Big Wheel’ below
Well versed in the practice of visually representing the Cass way, Herter’s previous collaborations with the artist have come in the form of the beautiful illustrations that adorn the cover of “Big Wheel and Others” as well as the cover art of 2011’s astounding double-header “Humor Risk” and “Wit’s End.”
The twenty-two song long Big Wheel and Others is a marauding marvel of great beauty, insight, humour and mystery that truly sees McCombs at the peak of his mercurial powers – his restless muse making stops at all the strangest, most singular roadsides of rock and roll, blues, jazz, country and more on its nomadic quest for human truth and understanding. In equal parts bucolically gorgeous and thrillingly roughshod, mischievously obtuse and devastatingly direct, painfully personal and cosmically universal, Big Wheel… is the perfect distillation of over a decade’s worth of creation and chaos in the life of a true pillar of the American underground.
Cass McCombs UK Live dates:
08.01 – Colston Hall, Bristol (tickets)
09.01 – CCA, Glasgow (tickets)
10.01 – Deaf Institute, Manchester (tickets)
11.01 – Workmans Club, Dublin (tickets)
13.01 – Queen Elizabeth Hall, London (tickets)