Nashville-by-way-of-Athens band White Violet will release their sophomore album Stay Lost on September 23, 2014 via Normaltown Records. The debut track off the LP, “Weighs,” premiered via Consequence of Sound, and can now be streamed.
Whereas White Violet’s evocative, mostly spare 2012 debut Hiding, Mingling was essentially the solo work of young singer/songwriter Nate Nelson – augmented by a rotating cast of local Athens, GA talent – Stay Lost is the sound of a band fully formed. Nelson, together with Lemuel Hayes (drums), Vaughan Lamb (bass/vocals), and Brad Morgan (guitar), has crafted an album that brims with an easy confidence, full of chiming melodies that draw from a broad palette. “Weighs” soars with an effortless, urgent groove; “Fernandina” strikes the perfect balance of taut, catchy pop; “The Alarmist” refines the breezy AM gold that frequented White Violet’s debut; and closer “Thankfully” rounds out the album with a driving bassline that underscores the track’s brooding charms. The 11 songs on Stay Lost form a cohesive whole that exhibits White Violet’s sonic evolution from bedroom pop to more spacious, spirited songsmithing, while lyrically exploring moving on and moving forward, leaving one home and searching for another.
White Violet wrote Stay Lost over the past year, with Nelson demoing the songs’ skeletons before fleshing out each together as a live band. The songs were tracked with engineer Scott Solter (Centro-matic, Spoon, The Mountain Goats, Superchunk) at his Fidelitorium Recordings studio in Kernersville, NC, over ten days, with Nelson later recording vocals himself at Cortright Recordings in Athens, GA. The album was mixed at Solter’s Durham, NC home.
Following the release of Hiding, Mingling, White Violet toured with Futurebirds in addition to their own solo shows, and performed at SXSW as well as the CMJ Music Marathon. New tour dates will be announced soon.
Stay Lost track listing:
All The I’ve Become
Photo by Monica Nelson