Back in the late days of 2011, Frog Eyes’ Carey Mercer, in the guise of his Blackout Beach solo project, very clearly expressed his feelings on death. Namely, Fuck Death (TMT Review). More than a year has passed, but Mercer’s feelings on the subject haven’t changed. He’s not done hating death and, as a result, he’s revisiting that 2011 album. On April 16, Soft Abuse will put out Blues Trip, a new Blackout Beach record that reinterprets the songs of Fuck Death.
While the original record was heavy on synthesizers, Mercer has taken a more traditional, “rockist” approach to Blues Trip. In doing so, he enlisted his Frog Eyes bandmate (and also wife) Melanie Campbell to play drums and former Wolf Parade member Dante DeCaro to play bass. The trio got together for a quick recording session at DeCaro’s studio, presumably only pausing to see who could make the gnarliest blues face.
Blues Trip will be a vinyl-only release available in limited quantities. Except it will also be available in digital format through the band’s Bandcamp page. So it’s limited in vinyl format, but exists in infinite quantities on the internet. In fact, nothing really dies on the internet, so chew on that for a second, Carey Mercer.
Blues Trip tracklist:
01. Hornet’s Fury into the Bandit’s Mouth
02. Deserter’s Song
03. Beautiful Burning Desire
04. Broken Braying of the Donkey’s Cry
05. Torchlights Banned
06. Cloud of Evil
07. Be Forewarned, the Night Has Come
08. Sending Postcards to a Ghost