Howe Gelb has quite the proven track record as a musician, logging three decades of work and a successful career with band Giant Sand to boot. The Coincidentalist, Gelb’s forthcoming New West Records debut, Gelb continues to infuse his lyrics with honesty and meaning.
“A coincidentalist is a fellow who recognizes several incidences occurring at once and their relativity, and therefore utilizes them,” explains Gelb of the album’s title. “Not so much as an omen and definitely not bearing on the reasons of each occurrence, but instead taking it as a signpost, a critical point in nature that says, ‘Stop and pay attention here. I’m not telling you which way to go. That’s up to destiny – destiny will come along and tell you which way to go. But until destiny gets here, all I can tell you is stop and pay attention.’”
While Gelb’s got your attention, check out the first track from The Coincidentalist, “Vortexas,” in the player below. The song features Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy) and will be available on Sept. 3. The Coincidentalist is set for release on Nov. 5.