Ross Bellenoit announces the digital and CD release of "Home Songs Volume 2" — the second in a series of three EPs being 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.
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), Joseph Parsons (Blue Rose), and Birdie Busch (Bar/None).
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. The second installment proves as whimsical and world-weary as the first, but the arrangements feature a more intensely spartan quality, a greater directness in his intentions. Songs like "Lust" leave a deep, haunting imprint on the listener, while "Your Face" disguises a degree of snark in the lyrics with an uplifting lilt in the music.
Volume 3 is already recorded and will be released in the fall. Ross Bellenoit & The Goods are actively performing and promoting all three volumes of Home Songs throughout 2012.
released June 5, 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: Alec Meltzer
Photography: Kenton Elliott (front cover), Ross Bellenoit (back cover)
© Little Rolling Thunder (ASCAP)
Enormous thanks go to:
My family, my friends, my employers and co-workers at Turtle Studios: Jay Levin, Jeff Hiatt, Sandy Selznick, Rob Shaffer for encouraging my passion for recording, the city of Philadelphia, Apple, GarageBand, Logic.
These recordings are dedicated to Steve Jobs.
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