Gritty indie country-rock from the deserts where the sun goes to sleep. This album has the atmosphere of a lovesick cowboy and the slow burn of a cigarette on the steering wheel of a dusty Cadillac.
Favorite track: White Line.
One of the most notorious spots in Nicaragua is “La Chureca.” Tough and vice-ridden, but possessing a dingy beauty, this is Nicaragua’s “Casbah,” and no outsider in his right senses ventures there at night. Crouching under the shadow of Volcano Masaya, the square-fronted houses crowding the pavements present impassive poker-faces behind which are hidden scores of “shebeens” – illicit drinking haunts, each presided over by its own “queen,” who distills and dispenses her own high-powered concoctions and also provides a selection of “Nize Time Girls” for the added pleasure of her patrons.
This setting, where lives are cheaper than liquor, is the background to Angelorum.
released June 3, 2017
James Apollo, vocals; Ben Obee, bass, vocals; Jack Chandelier, drums; John Tomlinson, organ; Noah Strom, piano, percussion; Ben Nordeen, percussion; Matt Palin, bass, vocals; Scott Morning, trumpet; Lauren Zeck, reeds; Aaron Jenkins, reeds; Esme Schwall, cello; Caroline Faflak, viola
additional vocalists: Jill Zirkle, Alesha Black, Katie Hasty, Ragan Crowe, Sam Watts, Jessica Rose Melera, Blake Lewis, Max McSimov
All songs by James Apollo. Horns written & arranged by Scott Morning. Produced by Mark Stockert at Underwood Recording, Minneapolis, & Flora Recorders, Portland. Mixed by Dougal Lott at Konk Studios, London. Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York. Cover photo by Jason Neuerburg. Inset photo by Chad Knutson.