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Following their 2009 debut EP Four By Six, a collection of songs that showcased the elegant fringes and melancholic corners of rock, Eddie Japan’s upcoming EP, Modern Desperation Part 1, is scheduled for release in November 2012.
Modern Desperation, Part 1 is a lush, moody, and musically big throwback of a record that squares off against the times, stylistically and thematically. From the Blue Note-inspired album art to the grandiose arrangements, this collection is a cinematic journey into the heart of darkness.
The EP opener, a barn burner titled “You Will Find Me Dead in My Comfort Zone," finds the singer lamenting the state of modern indie rock (“An indie band with a 24-syllable name”) and name-dropping Morrissey over a huge backbeat and prominent Wurlitzer organ. “Let Me Bleed” juxtaposes jangly guitars and “bah bah bah” backing vocals with lyrics about bodily injury. The existential yowl of “The Bridges I Have Burned” channels Jacques Brel via Scott Walker, and “This Married Life” is a devilish, brass-infused romp through the master bedroom: “The slights and the fights don’t mean a thing / when all you’re wearing is your wedding ring.” The EP closer, "A Town Called Nowhere," with a haunting string arrangement, is an epic soundtrack to a mid-life crisis. Timpani swell, trumpets blare, and the siren-like backing vocals draw the singer to disillusionment and despair.
Modern Desperation, Part 2 will be released in 2013.
released 13 November 2012
Words and music by David Santos
Arranged by Eddie Japan
Tracks 1 & 2 recorded at Q Division Studios in Somerville, MA with Rafi Sofer
Tracks 3, 4 & 5 recorded by Eric Brosius at "A Secret Location" in Arlington, MA.
Tracks 1 and 2 produced by Rafi Sofer and Eddie Japan
Tracks 3, 4 & 5 produced by Eddie Japan
All tracks mixed by Rafi Sofer at Q Division
All tracks master by Pete Weiss at Verdant Studio, Athens, Vermont
Art direction by Nicole Anguish at Daykamp Creative
Cover photo by William Smyth
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