Christopher Paul Stelling, who recently announced his slot at Newport Folk Festival this year, is set to release full-length Labor Against Waste this summer. The latest taste of this forthcoming album comes in the form of album track “Scarecrow,” recorded with The Low Anthem’s Ben Knox Miller at The Columbus Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island.
“After we had been recording other songs for many hours, Ben Knox Miller, who was engineering the session, asked if I had anything unfinished I might want to try,” Stelling says. “I immediately thought of the unfinished Scarecrow and it was decided that Ben would go get a cup of coffee, I would write the song, and we would record it in one go when he got back.”
That’s exactly what they did, and Stelling says he likes the way this one was recorded so quickly after it was written.
“We could have fleshed it out more, perfected it, but I’ve come to love songs that are recorded in a way that captures that time and place,” says Stelling. “There’re little things about the recording that couldn’t have been present without the spontaneity we employed, like the slight jingle of Ben’s keys. He had sprained his ankle and been hobbling around on one foot all week up and down the long hallways above the Columbus Theatre.”
Stream “Scarecrow” in the player above. Labor Against Waste is set for release on June 16 via Anti- Records.