King Cardinal

Once a Giant

Once a Giant by King Cardinal
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  1. Abraham
  2. Gasoline
  3. Into the Wind
  4. One
  5. Release Me
  6. Standing Down

On King Cardinal’s debut EP, released January 2014, Mackey operated largely as a solo enterprise, relying on strong storytelling and sparse instrumentation to craft an alt-folk identity clearly following the footsteps of elder statesmen like Bill Callahan and Greg Brown. King Cardinal’s sophomore release, “Once A Giant”, finds Mackey confidently spreading his wings from singer-songwriter into full-fledged band leader, enlisting the services of bassist Kramer Kelling, drummer Scott Roush (both of Denver mainstays Rossonian and The Raven and The Writing Desk), and pedal-steel virtuoso Jamie Mitchell, all while stretching into a sound more reminiscent of The Band or The Flying Burrito Brothers.

Recorded predominantly live in Roush and Kramer's living room, and mixed and mastered by long-time Denver recording stalwarts John Macy and Randy LeRoy, “Once A Giant” is a lush and nuanced six-song EP that effortlessly meanders between moments of haunting poignancy and humble triumph. And while the songs may deal with timelessly familiar themes like regret, resolution and redemption, Mackey summons enough heart and understated emotion to deliver a composition that feels intensely real and adds a much-welcomed layer of depth to King Cardinal’s already strong alt-folk foundation.

released June 2, 2015

Produced by Jamie Mitchell

Engineered by Logan Muckler

All songs mixed by John Macy,

Except Standing Down mixed by Logan Muckler

Mastered by Randy LeRoy at Airshow Mastering

Artwork by Emi Knight

King Cardinal is...

Brennan Mackey - Vocals, Guitar

Jamie Mitchell - Pedal Steel, Lap Steel, Vocals

Kramer Kelling - Bass, Vocals

Scout Roush - Drums

Additional Musicians:

Texanna Dennie - Vocals (One)

Benjamin Gallagher - Pump Organ (Gasoline), Accordion (Release Me), Organ (One)

Seth Evans - Banjo (Abraham), Keys (Into the Wind)

Scott Conroy - Guitar (Standing Down)

Becca Bisque - Viola (Abraham, Into the Wind, Release Me, Standing Down)

For fans of:Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, The Band, Hiss Golden Messenger, Dawes
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