The fifth solo album from Chris Eckman (The Walkabouts, Dirtmusic, Distance, Light & Sky) is a deep dive into the vagaries of extraordinary times. Eckman’s luminous songwriting navigates loss, disorientation, redemption and the search for home. Recorded raw and direct with a small ensemble, the record is framed by expansive sonic textures: treated strings, analogue synth drones and ambient guitars. Where the Spirit Rests was co-produced with British electronic composer Alastair McNeill (Roísín Murphy, Yila) and includes an inspired cast of collaborators: pedal steel maverick Chuck Johnson, avant-garde violinist Catherine Graindorge, Dream Syndicate/Green on Red keyboardist Chris Cacavas, Seattle pedal steelist Jon Hyde (Karl Blau, Laura Viers) and Eckman's long time Ljubljana-based rhythm section of Žiga Golob (upright bass) and Blaž Celarec (drums).
The All Music Guide called Eckman “one of the most underrated U.S. songwriters, a man who can pack a short story into image-laden lyrics.” The new album - Where the Spirit Rests - is amongst his most personal and vivid. A place to which he has been headed all along.
released June 4, 2021
Produced by Alastair McNeill with Chris Eckman
Mixed & recorded by Alastair McNeill at Nature Scene, Ljubljana
Chris Eckman: Vocals & acoustic guitar
Alastair McNeill: Analog synth (1), piano, electric guitar (3), ambiance, piano, electric guitar (5)
Žiga Golob: contrabass (2,3,4,6)
Blaž Celarec: drums (2,3,4,6)
Chuck Johnson: pedal steel (2)
Catherine Graindorge: electric & acoustic violin/viola (3,6)
Jon Hyde: pedal steel (4)
Chris Cacavas: Wurlitzer electric piano (6)
Musician/songwriter/ producer. Released more than a dozen albums with the Seattle-based cult band The Walkabouts.
Discography includes several solo albums plus collaborative records with Carla Torgerson (Chris & Carla). Current projects are Dirtmusic,The Strange, Distance, Light and Sky and The Frictions....more