Digital albums are great, but anti-folkster Jeffrey Lewis is neither Das Racist nor OFWGKTA, and the semi-self-released work he’s done apart from Rough Trade in the last couple years has largely flown under the radar. His last album, Come on Board, wasn’t even distributed to stores, and without some searching, casual fans of Lewis (Peter Stampfel) might not have even known about the download.
Now that Jeffrey Lewis has announced a new album with Rough Trade (his sixth with the label), the internet is once again a-buzz about the verbose singer who famously did LSD once and went a little crazy. The record, A Turn in the Dream-Songs, comes out on October 11, and while there’s no information released about the tracklisting or artwork (except that it’s by Jeffrey, of course), you can hear some new material in the very slim chance that you can attend any of these overseas shows. Despite single-handedly constituting, with Kimya Dawson, what’s left of New York’s anti-folk scene, the new album was recorded in Manchester, and features appearances from more than a few UK bands, including members of The Vaselines, The Wave Pictures, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, and Misty’s Big Adventure. There are some Americans thrown in, too: folks from Au Revoir Simone, Dr. Dog, and Schwervon, to even things out.
Of course, there’s plenty more to read about Jeffrey Lewis and his projects, musical and artistic. Just go here to start feeling lazy in comparison.