• richmond fontaine Winnemucca (180g vinyl LP, £19.95)

    label: Diverse Records

    When Winnemucca was released in 2002, Richmond Fontaine were described by many as the “discovery of the year” Richmond Fontaine continue their journey of richly woven musical settings, atmospheric vistas, and lyrical storytelling on their fourth album. “Winnemucca” was perceived as the ‘day after’ of “Lost Son”, Richmond Fontaine’s 1999 release which features a more punk, SST Records-styled feel. This July sees the first vinyl release of “Winnemucca”. Recorded at Type Foundry Studios in Portland, OR by John Askew (Tracker) and Joanna Bolme (Elliott Smith, Stephen Malkmus), “Winnemucca” finds the members of Richmond Fontaine mining a subtler vein than on previous efforts. The album deftly conjures up images of a late night ride through the desert where death, despair, and ultimately hope reign supreme. Winnemucca’s artwork was done by Reno, Nevada artist Greg Allen. All three images are self portraits of the artist who also did the artwork on “Post To Wire”. It features the same line-up as “Post To Wire” with Sean Oldham on drums, Paul Brainard on pedal steel, dobro, and mandolin. Dave Harding electric and upright bass and Willy Vlautin vocals and guitar. Winnemucca is a small desert town in Northern Nevada located next to the Humboldt River and I-80. The heart of Winnemucca includes gambling at the Winner’s Casino, Basque food at the Winnemucca Hotel, and the special delights of the Pussy Cat Saloon where the band have often played. Most of the songs on the new record were written in or somewhere near Winnemucca. 1. Winner's Casino 2. Out Of State 3. Northline 4. Santiam 5. Twyla 6. Patty's Retreat 7. El Rancho (Exclusive to the LP) 8. Glisan Street 9. Somewhere Near 10. 5 Degrees Below 0 11. Western Skyline

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