After thirteen years of creating songs with a message reflecting the decline of modern civilization, the state of the world has only gotten worse and The Van Allen are back to tell you all about it. As the forests are burning and right-wing leadership is taking over western governments, LET IT GODDAM BE is the holiday album of the times.
The opening tracks of each side, which are parody in name only, offer sharp contrast to the idealism of 1969. Fifty years later, we still haven't given peace a chance, but can we? The Van Allen Belt have always presented politics with skeptical observation in the tradition of Roger Waters and Frank Zappa, rather than the optimistically naive songs of protest that showered the flower power scene. The project was founded in the first place under the premise that there weren't nearly enough honest songs on the radio.
The latest effort also marks an expansion in diversity in both performance and recording method. Recorded in Pittsburgh, Zurich, Lisbon and Paris; it is an eclectic ensemble piece. Guest performers include the legendary experimental saxophonist Bruno Spoerri, guitar virtuoso Kirk Salopek (Silencio), French composer and producer Frederic Choudin, James King (Fitz And The Tantrums), Trevor Goronwy (Camberwell Now) and Hugo Minds (The Real Beavers).
And of course, LET IT GODDAM BE is a collaboration of ideas between the three founding members with Benjamin Ferris' ironic lyricism and multi-genre compositions, Tamar Kamin's ever flexible vocals powerfully performed and Scott Taylor's experimentation with new technology that continues to take the sound into new territory. A new decade is upon us and The Van Allen Belt will be here with you, hopefully, celebrating good news and sharing a little joy.
released December 23, 2019
Tamar Kamin: vocals
Benjamin Ferris: keyboard, guitar, background vocals
Scott Taylor: percussion, turntables
With Special Guests:
Bruno Spoerri: saxophone, synthophone, lyricon (I and III)
Kirk Salopek: guitar (I)Hugo Minds: guitar (IV)
Frederic Choudin: guitar, bass (IV)
James King: alto saxophone (V)
Tom Altes: bass (V)
Chris Fazio: violin (III)
Cheyenne Swearingen: violin (I)
Trefor Goronwy: Appalachian dulcimer (IV)
All songs written and produced by Benjamin Ferris with exception to song II with lyrics written by Tamar Kamin.Album cover artwork by Eric Alleman
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