Americana – Tinged EP Native Tongue out 1/22
Photo Credit: Nicola Gell
Austin native and indie-folk trailblazer Reed Turner isn’t one to be tied down, in his life or his music. While his poignant, pensive 2013 debut LP Ghosts In The Attic earned him substantial airplay and spots on multiple year-end “Best Of” lists, Turner shifted gears for his latest EP Native Tongue, bringing to life a darker, more aggressive brand of reverb laden Americana. Recorded live to tape at Orb Studios, Turner’s Native Tongue EP will be available January 22nd, 2016.
In a year marked by health issues and subsequent solitude, Turner transformed his backyard shed into a makeshift workplace, compelled to create rather than wallow. He emerged with his most targeted effort yet, determined to make his mark on the musical landscape. Together with his band, Turner combined heavy, crooked rhythms with a haunting vocal timbre akin to Sun Studios in it’s prime. Opting to hold onto that same organic energy, Native Tongue was recorded on an old Studer A827, fostering the atmosphere of those lively days in the studio.
The life that the EP holds as a result is evident. From the opening kick-drum rattle of “I Got Love” to the song’s infectious guitar hook, the Western energy is palpable and intoxicating. Further on, the shuffling upright bass line of “Swim or Drown (Let The Lord Decide)” is just as transfixing as Turner’s pristine vocals, while the riotous stomp of “Quiet Evening” explores some of our country’s most central issues.
“I Got Love” was unveiled by Paste and is available below to listen.
An award-winning songwriter, Reed Turner has taken top honors in national songwriting competitions including the crown at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s Troubadour Competition. His LP Ghosts In The Attic received critical acclaim and allowed him the opportunities to share stages with Gary Clark Jr., Mark Broussard, Will Hoge and Jessica Lea Mayfield, among many others.
1. I Got Love
2. Swim Or Drown (Let The Lord Decide)
3. Quiet Evening
4. Elastic Time
5. The Idea’s Crossed My Mind