Follow-up to Son Little's self-titled debut
Limited time album download included
"Heartache never sounded this good." — Vibe
"Rootsier than his self-titled debut and all the stronger for it, Livingston's latest dials back the busy modern rock production and psych-blues noise to reveal songwriting that is more classic yet less predictable, and enchanting in its spare intimacy." — Paste Magazine
Sometimes in order to see the stars, you have to get far away from the city lights. And in the fall of 2016, musician and Grammy-winning producer Son Little, a.k.a. Aaron Livingston, found himself in such a place, at the end of a tour in the remote, tropical Northern Territory of Australia.
"There were these big crocodiles and enormous bats, just wild things I'd never seen, he says. "And I set up in the hotel and just kinda followed the process. All the songs in Australia were written with one mic and an acoustic left-handed guitar I was playing upside-down that was borrowed from this blind Aboriginal musician named Gurrumul with this angelic voice."
The result — heard on Little's second full-length album New Magic — Little has accomplished something bordering on epic by distilling the heart of American soul music — be it rock and roll, blues, hip-hop, pop, classic soul or gospel, in a manner that is emotionally resonant and unquestionably modern.
The first track to be released from the new album is "Blue Magic," a powerfully reimagined modernist reinterpretation of Philly soul complete with chiming glockenspiel bells and old school female backing vocals.
And so what is New Magic? To Son Little, there is a feeling and attitude running through the music. And despite its mysterious origins, the musician's divination ability is just that-divine. "There is this vein of the blues in it, and it can be distilled or boiled down just to the guitar and voice-or even just the voice," Son Little says. "It's that scenario of making something out of nothing. I can't really explain it. That's the gist of the magic. I don't know where it comes from, but it's there, and I can call on it. I can call on it standing by the dresser, walking down the street, driving a car, on a train, a plane, in a hotel room, in the green room, during an interview...it's just there."
|Side 1||Kimberly's Mine||Blue Magic (Waikiki)||O Me O My||Charging Bull||Mad About You||Miss Ona Henrietta||
|The Middle||Bread & Butter||ASAP||Letter Bound||Demon to the Dark|