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Cass McCombs

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Artist Bio

Cass McCombs is a transient storyteller interested in words, music and dreams. In conjunction with today’s album announcement, McCombs shares forthcoming ninth album, Tip of the Sphere, out February 8, 2019 on ANTI- Records.  

 

Tip of the Sphere follows 2016’s Mangy Love. For that record, McCombs made his television debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and was featured in The New York Times’ Sunday Arts & Leisure section calling him “the greatest songwriter of his time.” It was named a “Best Rock Album of the Year” by Pitchfork, featured in the Washington Posts “Best Music of 2016,” plus many other best of 2016 lists, and was his overall most critically praised album.

 

While most of McCombs albums have been pieced together in different studios over an extended period of time, Tip of the Sphere was recorded quickly and with a strong sense of purpose at Shahzad Ismaily’s Figure 8 Studios in Brooklyn. This new approach for McCombs brought his songs a raw immediacy and a special balance of compassion and experimentation with the intent of making a more consistent statement. The rock songs have more fervor, the ballads are more beautiful, the explorations more confident; the sounds of jazz and Latin music creep in through the back window. Engineered by Sam Owens (aka Sam Evian), Tip of the Sphere features the core band of McCombs (guitar, vocals), Dan Horne (co-producer and bass), Otto Hauser (drums) and Frank LoCrasto (piano, organ, and more), plus a range of guests.

 

Tip of the Sphere recounts what has unfolded in the wake of Mangy Love’s pre-inaugural prophetic themes. It presents an artist trying to make sense of it all through a relentless, ever searching creative process. Throughout Tip of the Sphere, McCombs floats through a suite of songs driven by a journeying mysticism and dark grace. The thematic centerpiece of the album, “Sleeping Volcanoes,” is a rousing, rock and roll number that uses a distinct lyrical approach to intensify the narrative. On the main refrain, a key phrase of the song is repeated continuously and taken through its possible meanings, almost like a jazz musician repeating a musical phrase through key and chord changes. As described by McCombs, “Sleeping Volcanoes” is about “people passing each other on the sidewalk unaware of the emotional volatility they are brushing past, like a sleeping volcano that could erupt at any moment.”

 

The ‘Castillo de la Esfera’ is featured inside the vinyl edition of Tip of the Sphere. ‘The ‘Castillo de la Esfera‘ was created by fellow Northern California artist and contemporary Tahiti Pehrson as an homage to Brion Gysin’s dream machine. When the ‘Castillo de la Esfera’ is placed on top of the record player, and as the record is played (with or without a lightbulb cantilevered in the center), thoughts are encouraged to wander.

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Tour Dates

Oct 17 2019
White Oak Music Hall
Houston, TX
Oct 18 2019
3TEN ACL Live
Austin, TX
Oct 21 2019
Off Broadway
St. Louis, MO
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Oct 22 2019
The Riot Room
Kansas City, MO
Oct 24 2019
Ophelia's Electric Soapbox
Denver, CO
Oct 25 2019
Lulu's Downstairs
Manitou Springs, CO
Oct 26 2019
Aggie Theatre
Fort Collins, CO
Nov 02 2019
MIRRORS
London, United Kingdom
Nov 05 2019
Teatro Lara
Madrid, Spain
Nov 06 2019
Edificio Constitución 1812
Cádiz, Spain
Nov 08 2019
GNRation
Braga, Portugal
Nov 09 2019
Zé dos Bois gallery
Lisboa, Portugal
Nov 11 2019
La Nau Locales de Ensayo
Barcelona, Spain
Nov 13 2019
Rote fabrik - Aktionshalle
Zürich, Switzerland
Nov 14 2019
Bumann & SOHN
Köln, Germany
Nov 15 2019
Tivoli Vredenburg
Utrecht, Netherlands
Nov 17 2019
One Church Brighton
Brighton, United Kingdom
Nov 18 2019
St George's Bristol
Bristol, United Kingdom
Nov 19 2019
The Button Factory
Dublin, Ireland
Nov 20 2019
Belgrave Music Hall
Leeds, United Kingdom
Nov 21 2019
The Dancehouse Theatre
Manchester, United Kingdom
Nov 23 2019
Great Western Festival
Glasgow, United Kingdom