× Andrew Combs takes "Ideal Man" to Europe starting next week

Andrew Combs takes "Ideal Man" to Europe starting next week

08-11-2019

On his new album, Ideal Man, Andrew Combs worked with producer/engineer Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby, Benjamin Booker) to achieve a more raw, direct sound. The collection was captured live in Cohen’s Brooklyn studio, with compact arrangements fueled by taut, elastic grooves. While Combs may be best known as a singer/songwriter in the classic 1970’s Laurel Canyon sense, he demonstrates the true versatility of his work here, often setting the acoustic aside in favor of atmospheric synthesizers and distorted electric guitars. Combs worked with some of his favorite writers on the album, including Dylan LeBlanc, Jeff Trott, Joe Henry, and Kenny Childers, but the stories he tells here are deeply personal and remarkably vulnerable.

A sense of danger and violence underlies the entire record, much as it does the entire country, but it only serves to make the moments of beauty and connection here that much more poignant. Life is short and the clock is ticking. Andrew Combs doesn’t plan to waste a second.

The songwriting for ​Ideal Man was partly inspired by Combs’ recent fascination with painting. Combs started painting when his wife was pregnant (They welcomed a daughter in 2017). “It really changed the way that I write songs,” he reflects. “When I paint, I might start with a very abstract idea or maybe even just a feeling, but from there I’ll paint and scrape and paint and erase and keep on painting until something starts to take shape. I just let nature play out.

14/11 Hamburg, DE - Nochtwache º
15/11 Högänas, SWE - Garage Bar º
17/11 Stockholm, SWE - Bryggarsalen º
18/11 Oslo, NO - Pokalen º
19/11 Gothenburg, SWE - Pustervik º
22/11 Malmö, SWE - Folk å Rock º
24/11 Berlin, DE - Auster Club º
27/11 Zaragoza, ESP - Rock & Blues Café º
28/11 Madrid, ESP - Sala Siroco º
29/11 Santiago, ESP - Riquela Club
01/12 Bilbao, ESP - Kafe Antzokia-Kutxa Beltza
02/12 Santander, ESP - Cine Groucho
04/12 Biddulph, UK - St Lawrence’s Church ^
05/12 Edinburgh, UK - Pleasance Cabaret Bar ^
06/12 Glasgow, UK - CCA ^
07/12 Kilkenny, IRL - Cleeres ^
08/12 Dublin, IRL - Lost Lane ^
09/12 Bristol, UK - Louisiana ^
10/12 London, UK - The Lexington ^
11/12 Utrecht, NL - TivoliVredenburg ^
12/12 Amen, NL - Café de Amer
13/12 Rotterdam, NL - Stille Nacht

º w/ Erin Rae
^ w/ Kirby Brown

 

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