Long heralded by contemporary luminaries such as Radiohead's Thom Yorke and covered by touchstone artists such as the National and R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, Mark Mulcahy refuses to rest on laurels and turn out the same type of album twice.
The acclaimed singer-songwriter returns with his new LP, The Gus, Mulcahy's sixth solo record. Inspired to up his lyrical game while reading a collection of short fiction by George Saunders, The Gus finds the songwriter channeling his eclectic voice and ear for melody into the role of storyteller more than ever before. The result is 10 infectious songs that combine Mulcahy’s unique perspective with stories that absorb listeners more with each spin.
In addition to his celebrated solo career, audiences also may know Mulcahy as the front man of seminal 80s rock band Miracle Legion or as ringleader of Polaris, the fictional house band of the beloved Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Miracle Legion and Polaris have reunited in recent years to tour, and likely will do so again.
Best knows as the lead singer and songwriter behind the acclaimed melancholic folk/pop band Winterpills, Philip B. Price celebrates the release of Bone Almanac, out November 8th on Signature Sounds. His first solo outing since 2004, Philip went into the studio in April of 2018 with Justin Pizzoferrato (Pixies, Sebadoh, Kim Gordon), 5 weirdly tuned acoustic guitars, a book full of dark, spare, apocalyptic songs, and little else. The naked-yet-layered sound that emerged is like nothing he nor Winterpills has ever done before. While addressing very modern dreads (environmental devastation, for one), Bone Almanac would also sit warmly on a shelf next to John Fahey, Nick Drake, Gene Clark, John Renbourn and Joni Mitchell. "I don't wanna call this my 'climate change emergency' album," Price says, "because I'm pretty sure there will be more of those. Maybe call it volume one." Price's well-worn pop sensibility, honeyed voice and spidery guitar work however, makes it all go down with zero pain. Since their first album came out in 2005, Winterpills have nurtured a singular aesthetic on six albums and one E.P., with lush and sometimes gritty instrumentation, emotive and literate lyrics, sublime vocal harmonies, and cinematically structured songs that The Washington Post called "densely packed but hugely evocative, tiny bombs of feeling and meaning... fiendishly melodic." In 2018, Price released a huge amount of his wide-ranging back-catalog solo material (12 albums total) in preparation for Bone Almanac. Price has collaborated with author Jonathan Lethem, genre-bending Americana musician Walter Salas-Humara (of The Silos), pop purist Cliff Hillis, and has been in two bands with Fountains of Wayne frontman Chris Collingwood (including his current project Look Park, on Yep Roc). He has also co-produced and engineered projects for Frank Black (The Pixies), Spanish For Hitchhiking, Ethan Andrews and others.