Beautiful World (preview)

by The Pinkerton Raid

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    The Pinkerton Raid's sophomore release

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  • Pre-order of Beautiful World (preview) including immediate download of 1 track in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC, and more), plus unlimited mobile access using the free Bandcamp listening app. You'll also get the complete album the moment it’s released.
    releases 10 June 2014

     $10 USD  or more

     

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Born 14 years apart, Jesse James DeConto and his kid brother Steven didn’t grow up together, not really. Jesse was off into the world by the time his youngest bro was even 4 years old. Katie, the middle of five siblings, didn’t get to know her big brother that much more.

As grown-ups, though, the DeConto kids have forged fierce friendships as neighbors in Durham, NC, a seedbed of New Southern culture. Here the siblings draw on musical influences that literally span generations to create music that is hard to categorize. Jesse’s mid-century Brit-pop songwriting and indie-rock ambience tangle with Katie’s playful melodicism and the rhythms Steven draws from his hip-hop playlist and the epic folk of bands like The Head & the Heart or Of Monsters & Men.

It is a sibling rivalry that yields unexpected results, from Ingrid-Michelson-like folk-pop charmers to pensive, baritone-led rock that might conjure comparisons to The National, Joy Division or David Bowie. Steven can’t decide if he’s a drummer or a guitar player. He’ll throw the ukulele to Katie behind the keyboard and see what happens. Jesse might put down his bass to play with guitar pedals or tap on a glockenspiel. The Pinkerton Raid is the controlled chaos of a big family, set to music. It’s a beautiful world.

On this, their sophomore release, the sibling trio collaborated with friends Eric Johnson (electric guitar) and Tim (drums) and Laura Wooten (keyboards, background vocals), members of the six-piece live band that coalesced after the release of the self-titled album The Pinkerton Raid in 2012. Producer (and friend!) Edd Kerr honed the Beautiful World sound with layers of guitars and keyboards for a musical experience by turns soothing and cathartic. This album was a collaborative effort born out of family and friendship.

From beginning to end, Beautiful World tells a story of young love – the shy flirtation, the wonder, the questions, young marriage, second-guessing, a baby girl, a miscarriage, the extended family dramas that complicate all of it. It ends in hope – hope that things will get better, hope that what is broken can be healed, hope that what is worn-out can find rest, hope for a beautiful world.

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releases 10 June 2014
All song copyright Jesse James DeConto, 2014
Recorded by Edd Kerr at Edd Kerr Studio
Mixed by Greg Abate at Neon Audio

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The Pinkerton Raid Durham, North Carolina

The songs sketch characters from the travels of Jesse James DeConto: street kids in California, weary worshippers, generous bartenders, hard-up songwriters, a flirty piano-teacher in a hipster nightclub, a fatal attraction, a lonely divorcé in Paris, a sleepy baby. These stories float among layered keyboards, lush harmonies, pensive melodies, groovy bass lines and sparkling guitar textures. ... more

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Track Name: The Giving Tree (premastered mix)
when we were young
they told us a story
'bout a boy and a tree
he took its fruit
its leaves and its branches
that's why they call it
the giving tree
everybody loves
the giving tree

Listen, friends
I'm gonna tell you a story
'bout a girl and a tree
she lost her mama
when she was a baby
tried to fill the hole
with the gifts of the tree
everybody loves
the giving tree

Lights so bright
they gave her sight
fruit so sweet
can't help but eat
boughs so strong
it wasn't long
before the gifts made the girl
forget the tree
she'll never fill the hole
with the gifts of the tree
never fill the hole
with branches and leaves

Listen, friends
I'm gonna tell you a story
'bout a girl and a tree
the gifts let her down
and she cursed the giver
everybody loves
the giving tree
but she told me she hates
the giving tree

The tree grew old
it had no more to give
the old man had no need
he sat on a stump
and he found his rest
he was happy just to rest
with the giving tree
he found his rest
with the giving tree
and the girl could still climb
in the giving tree
she could rest in the vines
of the giving tree