Casey Black releases his fourth studio album – Lay You In The Loam – on June 18, 2013 through the newly launched, CatBeach Music. Loam features 10 new original songs and was recorded and produced by Emmy-award winning songwriter/producer Bobby Hartry at CatBeach Studios in Los Angeles.
Lay You In The Loam is something of a coming of age story. Casey describes his own journey, ‘I was born and raised in Nashville, then born and raised in Los Angeles, then killed and reborn in New York City, before being reincarnated in Nashville.’ He created similar themes in this body of songs…’Like loam, there is grit, decay and darkness, but also fertility, and the struggle to grow up, or push deeper.’
“Fire Fire Fire Fire” :: MP3
The Loam spans between the earthy blend of Casey’s baritone voice and acoustic guitar accompanied by a beautiful and haunting pedal steel performance by Greg Leisz on ‘Smoke In My Eyes,’ to quirky and otherworldly synth and omnichord textures on the song “Dig Together” to the spring reverb drenched and vocal layered textures found in “Son”, which is both moving and unsettling when paired with a regretful and poignant lyric.
The first single from Loam, “Fire Fire Fire Fire,” fuses an earnest and steely eyed monologue, reminiscent of Steve Earle or The Nightwatchman with an unrelenting pulse that demands your full attention. Instrumentally, the track builds into a storm that develops sonically like a Wilco or Arcade Fire tune. ‘Fire’ was released to the UK and European markets to coincide with Casey’s April tour through Ireland. The tour included performances with platinum selling artist, Mick Flannery and Niall Connelly as well as a spot at The Gealach Gorm Singer Songwriter Festival. The single releases to the US on May 7.
To complement Casey’s masterful songwriting, some of LA’s finest musicians were enlisted for this project, including Aaron Sterling on drums (John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Glen Campbell), Jonathan Ahrens on bass (Jewel, Jason Mraz), and Greg Liesz on pedal steel (Ray LaMontagne, Wilco, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Iver).
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