The third single off new-age Americana artist Shakey Graves
' upcoming album Can't Wake Up
is here, and "Mansion Door" is nothing like the parsed-down, electro-indie folk that Graves' is so loved for. Citing this track as a "love song to mid-late 90s indie bands", you can hear the change in direction loud and clear as Graves puts away the six-string and breaks out the electric guitar, jamming out with a full band on the hook of this decidedly indie rock song. The track dips and wavers, Graves' voice echoes over sliding guitar and clapping, glistening across a lush drumbeat.
This past summer Graves released a lo-fi LP titled Shakey Graves and the Horse He Rode in On (Nobody's Fool and the Donor Blues)
that sounded like the folk artist had completely abandoned any kind of electronic focus and simply taken his banjo to the bar and recorded the whole thing with the same nonchalance as downing a beer. While that record was beautiful in its own fuzzy, country way, this one cites influences like Built to Spill and The Breeders. The last two singles "Counting Sheep" and "Kids These Days" feature a clean production that is also present on this latest single and a somewhat disappointing lack of tambourines. "Mansion Door" still gets your head nodding and your feet tapping, but that melancholy country twang is all but gone. This track is anything but spare, and only the intricately plucked bass line calls back to his folk music of yore.
The full album, Can't Wake Up,
is set to release May 4th via Dualtone Records.
Watch our concert with Shakey Graves: