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Elvis Costello & The Imposters bet on sweaty rock on their new album, with Argentine contribution

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Elvis Costello & The Imposters bet on sweaty rock on their new album, with Argentine contribution

Elvis Costello’s 32nd album, The Boy Named If it sounds like a rock and roll group sweating it out on a small stage, feeding back to each other to produce a joyous noise. But it is all mirage.

Costello and his three-piece band, The Imposters, were never in the same city, much less in the same room.when they did The Boy Named If, which comes out on Friday. They were in coronavirus quarantine, like the rest of the world, and were looking to do something productive.

After writing a song, Costello would make an initial recording with his voice and guitar at his home in Vancouver. He would send it to Pete Thomas, who would retreat to his basement in Los Angeles to add drums. Bassist Davey Faragher followed, before it was sent to keyboardist Steve Nieve in France.

Nicole Atkins added guest vocals on My Most Beautiful Mistake from a fifth location. They occasionally connected by video call to be able to be seen, although that is not conducive to recordings due to delays in transmission.

Davey Faragher, Elvis Costello, Pete Thomas And Steve Nieve Are Elvis Costello &Amp; The Imposters, Who Surprise With A New Job.  Ap Photo/Chris Pizzello

Davey Faragher, Elvis Costello, Pete Thomas and Steve Nieve are Elvis Costello & The Imposters, who surprise with a new job. AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

With Argentine seal

Argentine producer Sebastian Krys, from his own home, “did an incredible job of making it sound like it wasn’t made out of a construction kit,” Costello said.

“I think everyone was surprised how we found ourselves in our basement or in a room playing and it sounded so vibrant,” he added. “We didn’t let that stop us. When we discovered that it worked, that encouraged us more.” The image of the Beatles in the documentary film get-back he romanticized the idea of ​​a band working side by side and trying out ideas.

But the idea of ​​creating songs through multi-track recordings predates even the Beatles, said Prince Charles Alexander, a professor at Berklee College of Music and a producer and audio engineer who has worked with artists such as Sting, Luther Vandross and Aretha Franklin.

Technology at the beginning of this century advanced and became affordable to the point where most musicians have home studios, he said. After initial fears that some recordings would feel sterile or soulless, “we now have a generation of producers, recording engineers and producers who have gotten over it,” he added.

Sebastián Krys, The Multi-Grammy Award-Winning Argentine Producer Once Again Put His Hand In The Work Of Elvis Costello, As In Spanish Model.  Photo Courtesy Universal/Larry Marano

Sebastián Krys, the multi-Grammy award-winning Argentine producer once again put his hand in the work of Elvis Costello, as in Spanish Model. Photo Courtesy Universal/Larry Marano

With the coronavirus, many musicians have no choice but to work alone.

When the weather was nice in Vancouver, Costello would set up on his back porch, “which conjures up a much more relaxed sound than this record,” said the singer.

Songs with guitar traction

In fact, this is an album that exudes energy: practically all of them are upbeat guitar-driven songs. The arrangements demand a lot from Costello’s voice, and the underrated Thomas delivers some of his best percussion on record.

In the album notes, the band members give special thanks to their wives, “for letting us make all this noise in our homes.”

Although an untrained ear may not detect any difference to their solo recording method, the order in which they worked was quite different for the band. Snow’s keys provide the musical framework for much of Costello’s music, but in this case it was the last instrument to be added.

With The Guitar As The Driving Force, Elvis Costello Energized His New Album.

With the guitar as the driving force, Elvis Costello energized his new album.

“We would send it to Steve and he would say: ‘What am I supposed to do? You already finished. And I replied: ‘I think you’re going to find a place to play'”.

An open thematic framework

The album’s title track provides an open theme framework for the song collection, creating the image of a child’s imaginary friend if that were to extend into adulthood.

“I was making comparisons to the excuse a child makes: ‘Oh! My imaginary friend broke that’, He said. “For a child, it’s usually a cup or a glass, rather than a heart or a promise you made.”

Costello has been keeping busy during the pandemic. The Boy Named If is his third release in 14 months, after hey clock face Y Spanish Model, in which songs from his popular 1978 album This Year’s Model They are performed in Spanish by musicians such as Juanes, Sebastián Yatra and Jesse y Joy. All three have been produced by Krys.

A decade ago Costello was outspoken about giving up recording albums to concentrate on doing concerts.

Like many music fans, he was drawn into the documentary get-back of the Beatles. But unlike many, he also grew up in Liverpool and in the 1980s wrote songs with Paul McCartney.

A Decade Ago, Elvis Costello Talked About Giving Up Making Records To Concentrate On Live;  He Clearly Failed In His Bet.  Photo Matt Licari/Invision/Ap

A decade ago, Elvis Costello talked about giving up making records to concentrate on live; He clearly failed in his bet. Photo Matt Licari/Invision/AP

He practically yelled at his TV when George Harrison told John Lennon that he was stuck on the lyrics of Something’, wondering how to complete the line of “attracts me like…” How did he not think of “no other lover”? It seems obvious.

“Anyone who’s stumbled around on the guitar takes great comfort in seeing this famous band sometimes really exposed, kind of inventing anything to fill the space until they get to the really inspired line,” he said. “Not everything was done with a quill pen and flowery lyrics”.

Source: AP/David Bauder

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