Stranger Things, a collection of 13 new songs, produced by the band and Bryce Goggin, will be available on the venerable Fantasy Records label on July 25th. Original New Bohemians Brad Houser, Kenny Withrow, Brandon Aly, and John Bush join Brickell for the session, along with newly recruited keyboardist Carter Albrecht.
Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians first stormed onto the charts with their 1989 debut Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars. The hit single, “What I Am,” helped propel the band to multi-platinum status. This new recording represents the honest, unadulterated and utterly charming sound of a longtime band just being itself, with tracks that include “One Last Time” and “Oh My Soul.” Brickell calls this album a, “true beginning,” the one effort in which she and her original band-mates perform together as a bonafide group. “It’s as close to the combo’s live sound as a studio recording can get,” she says.
Soulful, sometimes downright funky, grooves form the backdrop for Brickell’s compelling story-songs, engaging miniatures about lovers interrupting the housework to rekindle their spark, disco-loving palls figuring out what to do on a Saturday night after their money’s gone and a pair of young runaways confronting romantic uncertainty.
Brickell met Bryce Goggin, known mostly for his work with Herbie Hancock, Trey Anastasio, Evan Dando, and more, just over 18 months ago. She asked if he would be interested in working with the New Bohemians. Last April, the band mates were all in the studio together again. “With Bryce, we were all in the same room, playing live,” says guitarist Kenny Withrow. “A lot of the tunes on the record are the performances we did then and there. At least three or four are completely live tunes and Edie kept a lot of her original vocal tracks.”