‘Adios‘, the new album from Cory Branan comes out Friday April 7th on Bloodshot Records. It’s his fifth full length album and was self-produced and recorded at Tweed Studios in Oxford, MS with James Haggerty and Robbie Crowell (formerly of Deer Tick). Guest appearances include Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, Amanda Shires on fiddle, and Dave Hause.
Have a listen to a few of the tracks off of the new album below:
ADIOS is Cory Branan’s death record. Not the cheeriest of openings, but like all of Branan’s mercurial work, it’s probably not what you think. As funny and defiant as it is touching and sad, this self-dubbed “loser’s survival kit” doesn’t spare its subjects or the listener.
Not even Branan’s deceased father is let off the hook. In the tender homage “The Vow” he drolly cites his father’s favorite banality “that’s what you get for thinking” as “probably not the best lesson for kids.” For most songwriters that would be the punchline but Branan pushes through words and, in his father’s actions, finds a kind of “genius in the effortless way he just ‘did’.”
Not all the death on ADIOS is literal mortality. “Imogene” is sung from the wreckage of a love that once “poked fun at the pain, stoked the sun in the rain” but ends with the urgent call to “act on the embers, ash won’t remember the way back to fire.” – Bloodshot Records