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Song Premiere: "Pink Grout" by Evan Jewett

Evan Jewett - Photo Credit: Ron Harrell
17 July 2018

Evan Jewett – Photo Credit: Ron Harrell

In some countries, it might be the exception, rather than the rule, for people to move around much or as far as many Americans have found themselves doing over the past few decades. This seems to be commonplace in the new world, with many moving right across the country for work or to search for opportunity.

Today we present you with Evan Jewett who now calls New York City home, but originally hails from the Bay Area in California. The move to swap West for East came at a time when he also decided to swap life in numerous bands for a more simplified life as a furniture maker and solo singer-songwriter. Jewett’s solo debut album Don’t Feel to Work has just been announced by Aagoo Records, who will be issuing it on 12” vinyl, CD, and digitally. Ahead of this September 14 release, Jewett’s first single, “Pink Grout”, is sure to make waves among listeners. Today, the Big Takeover hosts the premiere for this track.

Evan Jewett explains what inspired him to write this song: “About Pink Grout, there was a woman I once lived with in Queens, who was going through some difficult times and presented me with some grisly imagery I wont soon forget.”

Evan Jewett’s music calls to mind a handful of artists, all of them great, including Yo La Tengo, Father John Misty, Beck, and Sparklehorse. He also had some brilliant support for this long-play. Recorded by Evan Jewett and Robert Cheek (Band of Horses, Tera Melos), this album was mixed by Robby Moncrieff (Youth Lagoon, Dirty Projectors) and mastered by John Blatchford and Cory Hanson (WAND).

“Pink Grout” is a fantastic track, which begins with a regular beat and soothing guitar buzz, as if creeping into your psyche and finding you a highly willing recipient. Piano/synth-work is laced throughout the track, brought in to highlight those areas where it has found light to feed on between Jewett’s perfect Beck-meets-Mark Lanegan-like vocals. While sounding nothing like Talk Talk specifically, this track leaves the listener with all the same positive vibes and desire to once again hit repeat. Hitting the 10/10 mark for this debut single is a promising sign of the quality of Jewett’s forthcoming long-play. What an incredibly talented artist.

“The best songs came together with little to no effort. I have little recollection of working on them. The bad ones take forever,” says Evan Jewett.

Don’t Feel to Work was recorded gradually during stays in various apartments. The record is a stoic patchwork of songs about bloody roommates, detached people stuck inside, and kids wandering the hills.

Jewett picked up songwriting shortly after convincing his mother to let him drop out of school at age 17. Touring and releasing albums with various bands began immediately after. To this day, Jewett uses a colorful palette to gradually mesmerize listeners, providing a straightforward elucidation of working class realities in modern-day society.

Aagoo Records is home to vinyl releases by Xiu Xiu, Eraldo Bernocchi & Chihei Hatakeyama, Lucky Dragons, Philippe Petit, CUP, connect_icut, and The Use. Darto’s Nicholas Merz also recently released his solo debut album The Limits of Men through Aagoo.

Don’t Feel To Work will be available via the main online stores and streaming platforms, but can already be ordered in physical format from Aagoo Records’ website and digitally via Bandcamp

1. Never Stuck
2. Caught on Earth
3. Pink Grout
4. The Blizzard
5. Late Bloom
6. Hanging
7. Alone With You
8. Dust Contest
9. Hopi Circle
10. Clocking Out

Aagoo Records Bandcamp


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