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The first single, "Quickest Cut," can be heard now over at Paste, who say the record "will feature the band’s signature shimmering electronic pop sound as well as their penchant for Beach Boy-inspired harmonics.Click here to hear the new single. Visit the band's Web site at: http://alltinycreatures.com/
American Kid, much of which Griffin says "was written to honor my father," returns to typical Patty Griffin territory, which is to say that it features a group of remarkably powerful, personal and unpredictable songs arranged and performed in a style that doesn't entirely repeat anything she's done on her previous albums while drawing on all of them. Yet Griffin's catalog is among the most unified in modern popular music, because her singing is as unmistakable and inimitable as her songwriting.
Griffin has lived in Austin and recorded either in Austin and Nashville throughout her career (she released her first album, Living with Ghosts, in 1996) but American Kid is her first album whose music sounds stylistically rooted in Americana. "It was recorded in Memphis," Griffin says, and adds with a quick laugh, "Part of the reason was the chance to get away from what I'd been doing." The key to that was working with North Mississippi Allstars guitarist Luther Dickinson and drummer Cody Dickinson. The Dickinsons had played acoustic sets opening for Band of Joy and Luther gave Patty lessons on mandolin. "With the Dickinsons, you're constantly seeing people who work to get away from what they're used to."
The album's lyrical focal point is Patty's father, a high school science teacher who fought in World War II, lost his father young and his mother almost immediately after he returned from the war, lived for a time in a Trappist monastery, raised seven children, bought Patty's Sgt. Pepper for her birthday and changed her life. Mr. Griffin's impending death sparked the songs. But these aren't songs about death, even though American Kid features ample reference to mortality. American Kid is thematic, not a concept album.
Tracklisting for American Kid:
Go Wherever You Want To Go
Don't Let Me Die In Florida
Wild Old Dog
Mom & Dad's Waltz
That Kind of Lonely
Get Ready Marie
Not A Bad Man
Gonna Miss You When You're Gone
Griffin and her band will be touring throughout 2013.