Jake Xerxes Fussell has released his 4th album, “Good And Green Again” via Paradise Of Bachelors.
- Love Farewell
- Breast Of Glass
- Rolling Mills Ate Burning Down
- What Did The Hen Duck Say To The Drake?
- The Golden Willow Tree
- In Florida
Album opener “Love Farewell”, featuring some beautiful singing by Bonnie “Prince” Billy, rings that bell with an elliptical tale of the folly of war, set to the world’s most heartbreaking goodbye march for a lover left behind.
“Rolling Mills Are Burning Down,” with its distant keening strings and capacious sense of space, observes and mourns the loss of work and community in the wake of elemental disaster.
Overall Good and Green Again sounds a little sadder and slower than Fussell’s past records, well, maybe we’re all a little sadder and slower these days. A smoldering mood of regret and loss pervades, a distinct vibe of vanitas. But three airy instrumentals, all Fussell originals—“Frolic,” “What Did the Hen Duck Say to the Drake?,” and “In Florida”—punctuate the program, offering respite and light in the form of crisp, shuffling play-party tunes, each in turn somewhat more hopeful and exuberant than the last. Their resemblance to lullabies is, perhaps, not coincidental. Fussell and his partner welcomed their first child into the world during the making of Good and Green Again. These lovely songs bear that promise in letters of bright gold.
He has one upcoming date in the West Coast and it’s: Thu. Feb. 17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gold Diggers (w/ special guest Tom Brosseau).