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Ross Bellenoit announces the digital and CD release of Home Songs, Volume 3 — last in a series of three EPs released this year — 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.
Prior to Home Songs, music fans already knew 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), Joseph Parsons (Blue Rose), and Birdie Busch (Bar/None). More recently, Bellenoit has been enjoying a blossoming career as a record producer for other artists, having helmed successful debuts for songwriters Suzie Brown and Ginger Coyle, as well as imminent releases from Aaron & The Spell and The Sweetback Sisters. He’s also collaborating with Emily Zeitlyn (The Weeds) in the new band Divers.
Each of the Home Songs EPs comprises six songs — self-produced and recorded at Bellenoit's home in South Philadelphia — with postproduction handled by Bellenoit's partners at Turtle Studios, Rob Shaffer and Jeff Hiatt. Volume 3 opens with an artfully aggressive re- imagining of Richard Thompson’s “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight”—the only cover song featured in the series. Bellenoit’s trademark pop craftsmanship (“Sink Or Swim”) and introspection (“Twisted Phrase”) are showcased, too, and the moody Knopfler-meets-Costello allegory "Currency", co-written with local folk favorite Johnny Miles, reflects on the collective ambiguities of life and art, concluding: “Nothing is the everything we need.”
Ross Bellenoit is actively performing and has been promoting all three volumes of Home Songs throughout 2012.
released October 30, 2012
Written, Produced, Performed and Recorded by Ross Bellenoit from January 2009 to December 2011, at home.
"I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight" written by Richard Thompson (Universal - Songs of Polygram International Inc) and "Currency" written by Ross Bellenoit & Johnny Miles (Art is Artillery - (ASCAP))
Additional vocals on "I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight" by Zara Bode.
Drums on "Twisted Phrase" by Mike Pietrusko.
Mixed by Rob Shaffer and Mastered by Jeff Hiatt at Turtle Studios, Philadelphia, PA.
Art Direction: Alec Meltzer
Photography: Kenton Elliott (front cover), Ross Bellenoit (back cover)
Enormous thanks go to:
My family, my friends, my partners at Turtle Studios: Jay Levin, Jeff Hiatt, Sandy Selznick, Rob Shaffer for encouraging my passion for recording, the city of Philadelphia, Apple, GarageBand, Logic.