In possible reference to upcoming personal ambitions, Brian Borcherdt announces new Dusted album Blackout Summer

In possible reference to upcoming personal ambitions, Brian Borcherdt announces new Dusted album Blackout Summer
Borcherdt passes-out in the middle of this field in 5...4...3... (Photo: Anna Edwards-Borcherdt)

I’ve always been an admirer of Holy Fuck’s electrogrunge flannel-dance vibe (I’m coining that, btw), but when someone over at The Line of Best Fit wrote that Brian Borcherdt had a “dreamier” voice than Neil Young, I became violently angry and heaved a half-drunk cup of coffee at a smug little squirrel that was eyeing me down outside my office window. I mean, that’s borderline heresy — have they never even HEARD the Canadian folk god croon the lucid poetry of “Long May You Run”?!? Unreal.

I will say, however, that I am a fan of Borcherdt’s quasi folk-haze solo project Dusted, and was mildly enthralled to hear that he’ll be releasing a follow-up to the 2012 debut LP Total Dust, which was a nice little record of (as the Most Trusted Voice in Music™ so eloquently voices it) “subtle gestures.”

The new album, entitled Blackout Summer, will be previewed with a live performance at NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall on March 6, exactly one month prior to the full April 6 release on Polyvinyl Records.

Insiders are saying the album will be a “dream-like production” that winds through “floating ambience and dark, moody rockers, [with every] disparate moment somehow feeling connected.” This sounds perfect for me and my current situation, as I’ve been looking for a soundtrack to backdrop the mild depression that’s been manifesting lately as a result of already fucking up my New Year’s resolution(s).

In any regard, the record is already available for pre-order over at Polyvinyl, and you can check out the first single, “Backwoods Ritual,” down below — a boot-tapping, pastel throwback jam that’s probably about as sanguine as a Brian Borcherdt tune can get. Enjoy it responsibly, and, you know: try not to get tooooBlacked-out this Summer. (Oof. Sorry.)



Blackout Summer tracklisting:

01. Seasons
02. Backwoods Ritual
03. All I Am
04. Cut Corners
05. Dead Eyes
06. Will Not Disappear
07. No Prison
08. Five Hundred and Four
09. Outline of a Wolf

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