Sunday, 1 March 2015

Art of the Cover - Lucinda Williams' "Something Wicked This Way Comes" (2014)

Hot on the heels of a series of recent mural cover artwork, led by Kurt Vile and followed/copied by the likes of Jenny Lewis comes this artwork for"Something Wicked This Way Comes".

Yap, the godmother of alt-country, Lucinda Williams is back, baby! And she's messed up a lovely wall!

"Something Wicked This Way Comes" is the lead single to - and one of many highlights  from - Lucinda's wonderful double-album “Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone”.

Unexpectedly ending one of her multi-year silences with a double album, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone is Lucinda's most ambitious release to date and finds her tapping deep into her southern roots and heritage for this double album.

In interviews, she's said she recorded many more than the 20 songs included on the LP and feels they form a unified statement.

Of the album. Williams said .... 
“I didn’t set out to do a whole album of country-soul, but once I started working, a stylistic thread kind of emerged,” she says. “It’s a sound I can relate to, one that’s really immediate and really timeless at the same time — kind of sad in an indefinable way. It’s like something my dad said to me many years ago, something I wrote down and included in my song “Temporary Nature (Of Any Precious Thing)” because it was so profound to me — ‘the saddest joys are the richest ones.’ I think that fits this album really well.”

This is a personal milestone for Williams as it marks the first time she has composed music for one of her father’s poems, and it is from that song that the album title was taken.

The album also features a cover of JJ Cale’s “Magnolia.”

“Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone” features performances by an array of acclaimed artists including guitarists Bill Frisell and Tony Joe White, Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan, Elvis Costello’s rhythm section of Pete Thomas (drums) and Davey Faragaher (bass) and Wallflowers guitarist Stuart Mathis. 

Jakob Dylan adds harmony vocals on “It’s Gonna Rain” while Williams’ longtime rhythm section of Butch Norton (drums) and David Sutton (bass) also contribute.

The twenty + songs were recorded off and on between September of 2013 through March of 2014.

Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone was produced by Tom Overby, Greg Leisz and Lucinda Williams. It was recorded and mixed by Dave Bianco and mastered by Joe Gastwirt.

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