Can we all agree that with seven albums under their belt and at least one masterpiece in Fitzgerald (video for “Making It Back” from Fitzgerald) that Richmond Fontaine is on the short list of great American bands regardless of genre (in this case a rootsy alt-country)? Richmond Fonataine’s new record, Thirteen Cities, is out now in Europe but won’t be released in the US til May. The record sounds like a slight departure for the band as they left the comfy confines of Portland for the rustic desert of Arizona. Of course if you’re a band that is cearly fond of Ginat Sand it’d make sense to look up Howe Gelb when you’re down there, which is just what Richmond Fontaine did. They also collaborated with Joey Burns and Craig Schumaker (who runs Wavlab Studios).
The result is a more southwestern feel for the record. Their sound has been enhanced by the addition of Howe and Joey on piano, as well as by the addition of mournful mariachi horns on a number of tracks. The band has one song from this record up on their site. Buy the import here.
Plus a You Tube video for the song “Capsized”: