It’s unlike Brent Amaker and the Rodeo to follow up a full length LP with another release so soon, but the way the new tracks came together for the upcoming Country Sky EP, it was clear that the band had struck a distinct, more reflective chord from the tracks on Year of the Dragon from earlier this year. Portland-based producer Jeff Saltzman (known for his work with Stephen Malkmus, Dolorean, Death Cab for Cutie, and Menomena), who has previously worked with the band on their Please Stand By album from 2010, returns to the fold to give the new batch of songs his magic touch. While he was at it, he crafted a brand new version of the single “Country Sky” from Year of the Dragon, which acts as a fitting thematic anchor for the rest of the songs on the new EP. The Country Sky EP has been announced for a January 21st, 2014 release date on Fin Records. MTV Hive had premiered the song “Country Sky” over the summer, and you can check it out here on Soundcloud too.
The new EP strikes a more contemplative tone from Brent Amaker and the Rodeo’s previous work, matched by the epic artwork. It’s apparent that after many years of touring, the band has arrived at a place wear the music matches the reputation. “I think you’ll dig it,” Brent says. “There’s some great tunes that our fans might expect, plus a few surprises.” Look for a special appearance from Rachael Ferguson from the Seattle female locomotive punk band NighTraiN on the song “Tomorrow” as well.
FOR MITCHELL: “Top Of The Food Chain” by Brent Amaker and the Rodeo
The Kongo Klub is a dancing-girl type of establishment in Mitchell, SD. When I lived there (in the town, not the Klub), I had a friend that loved the place. I had another friend that referred to it as “The North Office.” It’s certainly something and, according to the latest from Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, it leaves an impression on all sorts of people.
You can read my interview with Amaker here and check out the excellent EP here.
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