Release date: April 15, 2016
With two critically acclaimed album releases under his belt already, Sturgill Simpson is back with another album release produced entirely by himself entitled A Sailor's Guide To Earth. He also unveiled the first song off of the project called "Brace for Impact" in which you can stream below. Rolling Stone says, "Sonically it has much more in common with the fuzzed-out blues rock of "Sugar Daddy," Simpson's theme for HBO's Vinyl, than the space-cowboy odysseys of Metamodern. Supported by funky splashes of electric piano and organ, Simpson lays out a simple, live-for-today message of kindness that closes with an extended instrumental coda of cascading electric guitars and a throbbing, synthetic bass groove."
In a exclusive 3-minute interview on Beats 1 Radio with Zane Lowe, Simpson discussed the new album and his mindset going in and doing the new recording.
"Well I approached the last record when it was finished, I kind of had this feeling that it might possibly destroy my career, and it did just the opposite. So I figured if anything I had to sort of take the same fearlessness into the studio on this one as well. But really, there’s nothing intentional, it’s just a representation of where my heart and where my head were at the time when we went into the studio.”
"Like I’ve always said, I wanted to express a lot of other influences that are outside of country music, that I think there’s a lot of room to explore, in certain terms of sonic templates in the genre. If there was any intentional approach, I wanted to reverse engineer the songcraft. Country music especially can get very formulaic. You know, you have to have your verses and a bridge and a chorus, and a lot of the songs are written as just plain and simple poetry on the road. Then I decided I was going to frame those poems to music while in the studio.”
“If you take a chance, and try to progess a little bit, which for me is what it’s all about you know. I had already made ‘Metamodern [Sounds in Country Music]’ so I didn’t want to make another psychedelic country record. But I’ve said it before: As soon as I open my mouth, it’s always going to be a country record … A lot of this record came from me figuring out my place in that world while it was all happening because it was such a sudden and intense transition around the same time that my son was born. I just wanted to do something really beautiful for him.”
1. Welcome To Earth (Polywog)
2. Breakers Roar
3. Keep It Between The Lines
4. Sea Stories
5. In Bloom
6. Brace for Impact (Live a Little)
7. All Around You
8. Oh Sarah
9. Call to Arms