Langhorne Slim takes new record 'Lost at Last Vol.1' to Europe this month30-04-2018
Cat Stevens once said, “I let my music take me where my heart wants to go” - an idea that inspired Langhorne Slim, and lies at the center of his new album, Lost At Last Vol. 1. Following your muse, taking the path less traveled - whatever trite way you want to put it, it’s easier said than done. “Attaching one’s identity to the artificial and superficial as opposed to living in amazement, wonder and following our soul’s actual calling is a great human tragedy as I see it,” he explains in the album notes. “We look to our phones, drugs, sex, whatever to find ourselves when it’s already right here” - the importance of connecting, feeling, stripping things down until we get reacquainted with our true selves serving as his mission statement.
The conviction of this message is bolstered by the sound of the album but also spelled out explicitly in lyrics. It’s all supported by a through-line of warm, cozy production that imbues the album with a pleasant nostalgia, the kind we’ve come to expect from Langhorne Slim and his reworking of dug-in American genres like folk, country, and blues.
This time around, he gets to a wider-range of Americana sounds than ever. Using gentle acoustic, close-knit harmonies and mandolin for example to evoke a Guthrie-esque, Depression-era feel for the decidedly more contemporary crime of what seems to be growing marijuana. Also zydeco accordion, back porch strings, and a Southern stomp creating the illusion of a long-lost Creole shanty, simultaneously providing a taste of Slim’s famously raucous live performances.
Langhorne Slim will be touring throughout Europe this month. Starting this Friday:
04 MAY: Deventer (NL) @ Penninckhuis
05 MAY: Vlieland (NL) @ Here Comes The Summer
06 MAY: Amsterdam (NL) @ Sugarfactory
09 MAY: Bologna (IT) @ Freakout Club
10 MAY: Savignano sul Rubicone (FC) (IT) @ Chiesa del Suffragio
14 MAY: Berlin (DE) @ Musik & Frieden
15 MAY: Hamburg (DE) @ Molotow Club
16 MAY: Munich (DE) @ Strom
19 MAY: Durham (UK) @ Old Cinema Launderette
20 MAY: London (UK) @ Bush Hall
21 MAY: Chester (UK) @ St Mary`s Creative Space
24 MAY: Kristianstad (SWE) @ Kulturkvarteret
25 MAY: Gothenburg (SWE) @ Pustervik/Matsalen
26 MAY: Malmö (SWE) @ Folk å Rock
28 MAY: Oslo (NO) @ Café Mono
29 MAY: Stockholm (SWE) @ Bryggarsalen