Well this is a treat for the Easter weekend – NPR are previewing today the new Josh Ritter album ‘Fever Breaks’ which is due out on Friday next week and which, of course, is produced by Jason Isbell, whose 400 Unit serve as the backing band for the record. NPR comment: “In the album-opening one-two punch of “Ground Don’t Want Me” and “Old Black Magic,” he leans hard into his gifts for pairing bluesy, hard-bitten world-weariness with a poet’s soul. Even in overtly warmhearted songs like “I Still Love You (Now and Then),” Ritter sings like a man who’s carried some literal and psychological weight, while “The Torch Committee” finds the 400 Unit mostly hanging back as Ritter coldly recounts a cruel bureaucracy’s ability to demolish lives.”
You can listen to the stream over at NPR here or singalong to a demo of one of our favourite tracks from the album below. We’ll have our own review of the album up soon.