New Release: Lambchop – Crosswords, Or What This Says About You

Photo Credit: Steve Gullick

Lambchop’s new album This (is what I wanted to tell you) will be released on 22 March. Following lead single The December-ish you and Everything for you, the band have today followed up with the final single to be taken from the album Crosswords, or what this says about you

The band’s Kurt Wagner is appropriately cryptic on the track saying: “Your Wednesday puzzle is now available… ” and adding on the video, “I wish I had shaved that day”

Watch below…

Not so long ago, Lambchop had a famously sprawling line-up, toting a dozen or so members around the world and into the studio to document elliptical country-soul mutations. But in recent years, the band has become a more personal vehicle for Wagner. Anchored by him and framed by bassist Matt Swanson and Wagner’s incorrigibly grinning foil, the pianist Tony Crow, the Lambchop of this decade has become more pliant and adaptable, opening itself to unexpected collaborators that give Wagner’s thoughts and feelings the shape they need for each new album. That was the idea for 2012’s engrossing Mr. M and 2016’s FLOTUS, and it remains the approach for This (is what I wanted to tell you)

In the summer of 2017, Wagner left Nashville and crossed the Blue Ridge Mountains into North Carolina, where he met Matt McCaughan, who has spent the last decade drumming for the likes of Bon Iver and Hiss Golden Messenger. They became instant musical pen pals, with Wagner sending him a cappella takes of new song ideas and McCaughan dispatching long-form synthesiser pieces for inspiration. McCaughan eventually headed to Nashville, where, together, they put a band behind the songs, using pedal steel and piano and the harmonica of Nashville legend Charlie McCoy to colour in the spaces of these black-and-white sketches. That unexpected human connection—that is, rekindling an old friendship to make music in a way you never imagined—is a happy answer to the worries of This (is what I wanted to tell you)

Forthcoming tour dates as follows…

12 Apr – Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje
13 Apr – Copenhagen, DK @ DR Koncerthuset, Studie 2
14 Apr – Oslo, NO @ Röverstaden
15 Apr – Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik
17 Apr – Leipzig, DE @ Felsenkeller
18 Apr – Munich, DE @ Muffathalle
19 Apr – Vienna, AT @ WUK
20 Apr – Darmstadt, DE @ Centralstation
21 Apr – London @ EartH
23 Apr – Paris, FR @ Maroquinerie
24 Apr – Bern, CH @ Dachstock, Reitschule
25 Apr – Zurich, CH @ Rote Fabrik
26 Apr – Berlin, DE @ Funkhaus
27 Apr – Cologne, DE @ Gloria
28 Apr – Brussels, BE @ Nuits Botanique Festival
29 Apr – Hamburg, DE @ Elbphilharmony
30 Apr – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord