Saturday, June 21, 2014

Sturgill Simpson's Metamodern Sounds



On the new album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Sturgill Simpson uses some familiar country sounds to get at themes that are a bit transcendental. "There's a gateway in our mind that leads somewhere out there beyond this plane / Where reptile aliens made of light cut you open and pull out all your pain," goes a line from the opening track.





 NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with Simpson to find out what inspired such heady lyrics and whether he considers himself part of the country tradition at all. IT'S HERE

Sturgill Simpson has earned a reputation as a throwback to the Seventies' Outlaw Movement in country music, and for his latest video, the Kentucky-born singer-songwriter takes a 1988 dance pop tune by When in Rome, "The Promise," and sprinkles the Top 15 hit with a heavenly helping of Outlaw stardust. MORE HERE

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