Friends and fellow anti-folkies Kimya Dawson and Jeffrey Lewis are releasing an album together in spring 2010, under the guise of a new band they’re calling The Bundles.
With a release date tentatively set between late February and early March, the still-untitled album will be the band’s first, though it surfaces from years-old effort. With Lewis on guitar and Dawson on keyboards, the two first created their first five songs back in 2001. Other members of Lewis’s band soon joined in, with brother Jack on bass and Anders Griffen on drums to perform the first songs live and contribute to songwriting thereafter.
Yet despite their initial enthusiasm, the four musicians did not record together again for a few years: The Lewis brothers went on to release several albums together, most of the time under Jeffrey’s name, as Dawson released six studio albums and contributed to the Juno soundtrack. Then, over the course of a few days in February, they recorded the first Bundles album in Dawson’s hometown of Olympia, Wash., snagging contributions from the city’s Olympia Free Choir.
We’ll have more on this story as it develops.