- Dine Alone Welcomes Spain
‚Äú‚Ä¶The name of the band comes from a dream and to me everyday life is very dream-like‚Ä¶dreams are part of what inspires me and what has inspired the content of the songs, and will continue to‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ¬†Josh Haden ‚Äď August 2014
DINE ALONE RECORDS Welcomes Iconic Band SPAIN, Featuring JOSH HADEN, To Its Roster
SARGENT PLACE To Be Released In North America on November 4
Album Features Final Studio Recording of CHARLIE HADEN
Produced By GUS SEYFFERT (Norah Jones, Sia, Beck)
(September 2, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA): Dine Alone Records is proud to announce the addition of the band SPAIN to their North American roster. The critically acclaimed Los Angeles based band will release Sargent Place, their highly anticipated fifth studio album, and first in the U.S. in over 10 years, on November 4.
Dine Alone Owner/President Joel Carriere recalls his first taste of Spain, "Seven years ago Mark Lanegan's Soulsavers project introduced me by way of a cover of a Spain song called ‚ÄėSpiritual.' From that first listen I dove headfirst into the the music of Spain. Here I am seven years later announcing one of my favourite bands to our Dine Alone Roster. I couldn't be more excited and grateful to be working with such an amazing band and an amazing songwriter."
For nearly 20 years the music of Josh Haden and Spain has provided a soundtrack for the dreams and waking life of fans the world over, with a singular style that often stirs something deep in the soul of the listener. 2014‚Äôs Sargent Place, builds on that decades long legacy and pushes it into inspiring new directions. ¬†From the opener, ‚ÄúLove At First Sight,‚ÄĚ detailing the initial spark of a romance to the contemplative closer, ‚ÄúWaking Song,‚ÄĚ the album falls solidly in line with the highly regarded early discography of the band, The Blue Moods Of Spain (1996), She Haunts My Dreams (1999) and I Believe (2001), as well as their most recent recording, The Soul Of Spain (2012).
In some respects, Sargent Place acts as a truer return to form than 2012‚Äôs The Soul Of Spain, for while that album marked the band‚Äôs first recorded work in over a decade, the album featured material written by Haden in the 1990s in earlier incarnations of the band. With the exception of ‚ÄúIt Could Be Heaven,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúWaking Song‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúLove at First Sight,‚ÄĚ all written previously by Haden, the songs for Sargent Place were written in the run up to this album, with many songs only truly taking shape during the recording process.
Key to that process was the work of enigmatic producer Gus Seyffert (The Black Keys, Norah Jones, Sia, Beck). On Sargent Place, Seyffert‚Äôs influence is heard immediately in the opening notes of the lead track, ‚ÄúLove At First Sight.‚ÄĚ The first sound you hear is Seyffert‚Äôs Brazilian Pandeiro hand drum, which is then immediately joined, almost in duet, by the steady, pulsating hum of Haden‚Äôs bass. In addition to bringing the band into his personal studio, located on the street in Echo Park that graces the album‚Äôs title, Seyffert helped to shape many of the tracks on the album, some of which were radically rearranged in the process of recording. Given how much of the album‚Äôs songs revolve around beginnings and endings, it is fitting that the album‚Äôs title (unique among the others in the band‚Äôs catalog) ties the recording to a specific moment in time and a specific inspirational place in their home of Los Angeles.
Another clear inspiration on Sargent Place is the music and life of Haden‚Äôs father, jazz legend Charlie Haden. ‚ÄúTo Be A Man‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúYou And I‚ÄĚ were songs written with the elder Haden in mind, with ‚ÄúYou And I‚ÄĚ featuring the final studio recording from the acclaimed and beloved musician. If not for Seyffert‚Äôs intervention, ‚ÄúYou and I‚ÄĚ might have been a very different song. The band initially recorded a vastly different version, but Seyffert suggested that they search for a different way of arranging the song. An informal discussion between Seyffert and Josh Haden eventually led to a trip to his father‚Äôs home to record his bass parts. The result is one of the most moving expressions of love the band has ever recorded.
As Haden describes, ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs important to me that this is my dad‚Äôs last recording and I think it says a lot to his life and his love for his kids and what he has taught everybody over the years‚Ä¶about how to treat each other and how to interact and view each other and view the world.‚ÄĚ
The influence of the Haden family is also directly felt on the stately and elegiac ‚ÄúThe Fighter.‚ÄĚ In addition to his father, the music of his sisters, Rachel, Petra and Tanya, was instrumental in helping Haden to find Spain‚Äôs signature sound when he began the band in the early 1990s. In recent years, Haden has taken to writing songs on an acoustic guitar given to him by his sister Rachel. ‚ÄúThe Fighter,‚ÄĚ began its life on that guitar, as a few strummed chords came together with the idea of a strong and violent boxer represented in a slow and delicate melody, before being transformed into a song of terrific beauty here on Sargent Place, with backing vocals and strings from Petra Haden.
As the standout tracks from Sargent Place, ‚ÄúLove At First Sight‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúYou And I,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúThe Fighter,‚ÄĚ (which was featured in a recent episode of the hit MTV show Finding Carter) take their place amongst the other iconic songs from Spain‚Äôs past, ‚ÄúRay Of Light,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúOur Love Is Gonna Live Forever,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúBorn To Love Her‚ÄĚ and perhaps Haden‚Äôs most well known song ‚ÄúSpiritual.‚ÄĚ When added together with this already rich body of work, these songs further cement Josh Haden‚Äôs legacy as one of America‚Äôs great songwriters, a modern troubadour for the impassioned, forlorn and tender-hearted.
Sargent Place marks Spain at a specific time, but it also makes clear that even as the band continues to evolve, the sound of Josh Haden and Spain remains as evocative and timeless as ever.
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‚ÄúGospel-tinged slowcore‚Äô‚ÄĚ Uncut
1. Love At First Sight
2. The Fighter (ft. Petra Haden)
3. It Could Be Heaven
4. From The Dust
5. Sunday Morning
6. Let Your Angel
7. To Be A Man
8. In My Soul
9. You And I (ft. Charlie Haden)
10. Waking Song
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