Sturgill Simpson – Sound & Fury (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:08 minutes | 963 MB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Elektra (NEK)
Grammy Award winner Sturgill Simpson has announced the release of “Sound & Fury,” his much-anticipated new album and accompanying Netflix anime film. Produced by Simpson, “SOUND & FURY,” the album, was recorded primarily at the McGuire Motor Inn in Waterford, Michigan, with his bandmates Bobby Emmett, Chuck Bartels, Miles Miller, who all serve as co-producers along with GRAMMY nominee John Hill (Cage The Elephant, Portugal.The Man, Bleachers). The album – which Simpson describes as “a sleazy, steamy rock n roll record” – is a marked departure from 2016’s acclaimed “A Sailor’s Guide To Earth,” which won “Best Country Album” and was nominated for “Album of the Year” at the 59th GRAMMY Awards. Merging American rock music and Japanese animation in a revolutionary new way, “SOUND & FURY,” the film, was produced and based on a story by Simpson entitled “Sound & Fury.” Featuring some of the biggest names in the genre, the film was written and directed by Jumpei Mizusaki, founder of renowned animation studio Kamikaze Douga and director for the animated film, “Batman Ninja,” while Takashi Okazaki, creator of Japanese manga series “Afro Samurai,” served as the film’s character designer. Additional directors include Koji Morimoto of Phy (“AKIRA”) / Griot Groove, Michael Arias (“Tekkonkinkreet”), Masaru Matsumoto of Grayscale Arts (“Starship Troopers: Traitors of Mars”), Henry Thurlow and Arthell Isom of D’ART Shtajio (“Indigo Ignited, XOgenaSYS”). Shunsuke Ochiai is co-executive producer. Hiroaki Takeuchi is production executive (“The Animatrix”).
Sturgill Simpson started off country, but he’s almost impossible to classify on his fourth album. There’s still that outlaw spirit, but—even more so than on his groundbreaking A Sailor’s Guide to Earth—Simpson dives deep into ’70s sleaze-funk, psych-rock and the bottom-heavy blues of Derek and the Dominos (spiking it with prog-rock weirdness on the “Best Clockmaker on Mars” and hurricane-force feedback for “Fastest Horse in Town”). ZZ Top guitars collide with new-wave keyboards for “Sing Along.” “A Good Look,” with shimmering high-hat and spaced-out keys, recalls Beck’s Midnite Vultures sound, minus the horns. “Make Art Not Friends” offers two minutes of ambient chill before loping into a needling-guitar groove that dovetails the ’90s indie-rock revival. “Last Man Standing” is a ’50s greaser-rock lark, while “Ronin” and “Remember to Breathe” are carried by pulsing hip-hop bass and percussion. “Mercury in Retrograde” (“Mercury must be in retrograde again / but at least it’s not hanging around pretending to be my friend”) serves up a wild mix of beach-bum rhythms, cosmic strings and Skynyrd edge. Somehow, all those ingredients add up to one of the best albums of 2019.
1. Sturgill Simpson – Ronin
2. Sturgill Simpson – Remember To Breathe
3. Sturgill Simpson – Sing Along
4. Sturgill Simpson – A Good Look
5. Sturgill Simpson – Make Art Not Friends
6. Sturgill Simpson – Best Clockmaker On Mars
7. Sturgill Simpson – All Said And Done
8. Sturgill Simpson – Last Man Standing
9. Sturgill Simpson – Mercury In Retrograde
10. Sturgill Simpson – Fastest Horse In Town