The upcoming release from Austrian duo, Son of the Velvet Rat, Dorado, rides through the dusty California desert with haunting folk noir melodies. The album was produced by Joe Henry (Billy Bragg, Emmylou Harris) and Grammy award winner, Ryan Freeland, at Stampede Original in Culver City, CA. It is due out on February 17 on Fluff & Gravy and Mint 400.
On “Blood Red Shoes,” husband and wife duo Georg Altziebler and Heike Binder capture the sweltering heat and arid wind of the sandy landscape they now call home. Adding a layer of backing vocals from Victoria Williams, the track becomes an almost danceable counterpoint to the somber nature of the lyrics. Altziebler’s distinctively deep smoky voice carries the melody on its journey, as the falling sweat seems to evaporate before ever hitting the cracking dirt. You can follow Son of the Velvet Rat on Facebook and Twitter.