Ross Bellenoit announces the digital and CD release of the first of three EPs to be issued this year, entitled "Home Songs". Each EP comprises six songs, self-produced and recorded at his home in South Philadelphia, a set of literate, folk-pop compositions that straddle the line between the junkyard blues of Tom Waits’ disjunctive grooves and 80s new-wave nerd-pop.
Music fans already know Bellenoit from his 2010 solo vinyl LP "Eight Track Mind", and also as the stunning Telecaster slinger for the critically acclaimed Sweetback Sisters (Signature Sounds). He's also lent his guitar skills to internationally renowned songwriters like Amos Lee (Blue Note), Joesph Parsons (Blue Rose), and Birdie Busch (Bar/None). "Home Songs" is the clearest statement yet of his personal artistic vision, capturing Bellenoit when left to his own devices.
The first volume runs the gamut from the Ron Sexsmith-inspired “Besides”—which not only highlights his penchant for clever pop melodies and thoughtful, nuanced lyrics, but twins them with ambitious production that manages to couple the atmospherics of Daniel Lanois with the poignant yet folksy sophistication of Joe Henry—to the enigmatic, pop experimentalism of “To Be Free”. The XTC-meets-Peter-Gabriel powerhouse “Lockless Heart” is perhaps the most forceful articulation of the breadth of Bellenoit's craftsmanship: a masterful combination of progressive harmony, elegant melodicism, rhythmic inventiveness, and virtuosic musicianship.
released January 20, 2012
Written, Produced, Performed and Recorded by Ross Bellenoit from January 2009 to August 2011, at home.
Mixed by Rob Shaffer and Mastered by Jeff Hiatt at Turtle Studios, Philadelphia, PA.
Art Direction by Alec Meltzer.
Photography by Kenton Elliot (front cover), Ross Bellenoit (back cover).
2012 Little Rolling Thunder (ASCAP)
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