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Love's Holiday

    “I’ve always been chagrined that no one understood that our songs were love songs,” says Oxbow vocalist and lyricist Eugene Robinson, while reflecting on the band’s output from the last 35 years. Love may not have been the most obvious muse in their earlier work, but the subject has never been more apparent than on their eighth studio album, and first new music in six years, ‘Love’s Holiday’. “But now listening to a record of exclusively love songs I can see how no one saw that,” Robinson admits. “My problem is how I think about love as this affects how I feel about it, instead of the other way around.”

    The band again worked with Grammy-winning engineer and co-producer Joe Chiccarelli (White Stripes, My Morning Jacket). ‘Love’s Holiday’ is the third Oxbow album recorded with Chiccarelli, and the band members uniformly state that their trust in him allowed the album to venture into even more inviting directions, featuring guest appearances from Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (Jellyfish), Lingua Ignota, a choir and a string quartet.

    Artwork by Aaron Turner (Isis, Sumac).

    For fans of Mark Lanegan, Soundgarden, Nick Cave, The Jesus Lizard.

    TRACK LISTING

    Ahead
    Icy White & Crystalline
    Lovely Murk (ft. Lingua Ignota)
    1000 Hours (ft. Roger Joseph Manning Jr.)
    All Gone
    The Night The Room
    Started Burning
    " "
    Million Dollar Weekend
    The Second Talk
    Gunwale

    Oxbow

    Thin Black Duke

      Oxbow's first album in over 10 years. Over the 30 years of Oxbow's operations, no one has come comfortably close to classifying the Bay Area group. This could arguably be the result of Oxbow's ongoing evolution, but accurately describing any particular phase of the group's seven-album career is no easier than describing the broader metamorphic arc of their creative path. This is especially true with their seventh album Thin Black Duke , where Oxbow's elusive brand of harmonic unrest has absorbed the ornate and ostentatious palate of baroque pop into their sound, pushing their polarized dynamics into a scope that spans between sublime and completely unnerving.


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