On the new disc, the singer/guitarist takes a very different approach to the recording, instrumentation, and volume level of his songs. Swapping the crank of the volume knob for a more delicate game plan, he veers away from the usual wall-of-sound toward a more sparse and strummy soundscape.
Recorded in Amherst, Mass., at Bisquiteen Studios, Several Shades of Why is almost entirely acoustic-based. Mascis enlisted a team of musical colleagues to help out on the sessions, including Kurt Vile (with whom he touring this month) and Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses.
Mascis plays a string of road trip-worthy solo shows next week, included a gig at the EARL in Atlanta on Thurs. April 8; the Melting Point in Athens on Fri. April 9; the Grey Eagle in Asheville on Sat. April 9; and the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro on Sun. April 10.
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