Song Premiere: Will Graefe - "Blood Feather"

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Artist: Will Graefe

Single: “Blood Feather”

Album: North America

Release Date: 6/23

Label: Pretty Purgatory

Sounds like: Elliott Smith, Sam Amidon, Cass McCombs

There's a mythic idea of the life of a touring rock musician being nothing but excess, but the reality is mostly hours passed in silence, staring out the van window at the American landscape rolling by. Will Graefe has spent the last few years immersed in North America, from strip malls to redwoods, in vans, hotel rooms, and clubs playing with Okkervil River, Petra Haden, Jesse Harris, Landlady, and his fiery duo project with Jeremy Gustin, Star Rover. Over those years a collection of songs grew out of that landscape, road songs alongside the barns and Hardee’s signs, a record called North America. 

"Blood Feather" is the first single from that record, a song about the stillness that follows movement, starting with a gentle insistent pulse and gradually rising to form a swirling fabric of acoustic instruments and mellotron, all underscoring Graefe’s gentle vocals. It’s a song that immediately changes the room around you, like a new coat of paint, the low flame of a candle. It sounds like a city driven into at dusk, at the hour when all the lights in the apartments start to come on, like the chiming notes of the melody that brings the song to a close. It’s a satisfying melancholy, something you can listen to on repeat and wrap around you like a fleece blanket. 

Catch Will on the road this summer:

June 4 - 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art - Kanazawa, Japan*

June 5 - Club Quattro - Nagoya-Shi, Japan*

June 6 - Club Quattro - Umeda, Japan*

June 7 - Club Quattro - Hiroshima, Japan*

June 8 - Inryo-ji Temple - Okayama, Japan*

June 9 - Taku Taku - Kyoto, Japan*

June 10 - Cotton Club - Tokyo, Japan*

June 11 - Cotton Club - Tokyo, Japan*

July 20 - Rumba Cafe - Columbus, Ohio+

July 21 - Old Town School of Folk Music - Chicago, IL+

July 23 - Culture Center Theater - Charleston, WV+

July 25 - The Hamilton Live - Washington, DC+

July 26 - World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA+

July 27 - Joe's Pub - New York, NY+

July 28 - Daryl's House Club - Pawling, NY+

* - Jesse Harris

+ - Okkervil River 

North America is out June 23 on Cassette/Digital via Pretty Purgatory: