Our Blood is Richard Buckner's first recording of new material since 2006's Meadow. The delay had nothing to do with creative poverty. There were numerous personal trials that got in the way. These included being briefly detained and rigorously questioned by police about a headless corpse found in a burning truck discovered the vicinity of his studio, his equipment breaking down and losing virtually everything he'd cut, retracking in a new location only to have his laptop containing all his mixes stolen. Buckner soldiered on,the end result reflects these struggles--and others--in nine new songs. Buckner played all the instruments on Our Blood, and porduced the set. Buddy Cage played pedal steel on three cuts--Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley played maracas on another. Our Blood is at once a trademark volume of resonant Buckner's Americana poetry abundant with themes of loneliness, betrayal, loss, displacement, yearning, and all manner of ennui, with a new sonic palette. In addition to his army of stringed instruments, Beckner relies on a variety of vintage keyboards such as Wurlitzer pianos, organs, and even a Fender Rhodes.
Release Date: 01 August 2011