Grandaddy - Blu Wav


Pitchfork: Album Review (8.0)

Stereogum “Tracking Down” Feature

NPR Morning Edition On-Air Feature, Feb 19

“it sounds so good.” – NPR

“iconic indie rock outfit” – FADER

“beautiful, heartbreaking lead single” – Stereogum

“two sounds clashing somehow seamlessly” – Rolling Stone

““Watercooler” is, immediately, one of the best Grandaddy songs in a long, long time.” – PASTE

“the same sort of sublime melody you might hear on a classic country radio station” – Consequence

“Compared to their contemporaries—Mercury Rev, Sparklehorse, the Flaming LipsGrandaddy excelled at demystifying the terrifying unknown, even if that familiarity still bred contempt.” – Pitchfork

Legendary indie-rock band Grandaddy will release their hotly anticipated first new studio album in 7 years Blu Wav this Friday, February 16 via Dangerbird Records. The album has earned acclaim spanning PitchforkStereogumNPRRolling StoneVultureFADERMOJOUnder The RadarAmerican SongwriterPASTEUproxx and BrooklynVegan with radio airplay at Sirius XMU, BBC 6 Music, KEXP Seattle, WXPN Philadelphia, KCMP Minneapolis, KCSN Los Angeles, WFUV New York City, KUTX Austin and more! Fans can also tune in to NPR Morning Edition for their on-air feature on February 19. Today, the band shares the official video for final album preview track Long as I’m Not the One“, created and directed by auteur Aaron Beckham. Inspired by old Hollywood and the Three Amigos, the visual leans into classic country motifs of lost love and heartache by focusing on a lonely cowboy alone under the darkening sky with just his campfire and lingering thoughts.

Blu Wav is inspired by the overwhelming beauty of nature to the mundane moments that spark life’s strongest memories. With the album title meant to be a literal mash-up of “bluegrass” and “new wave”, the new collection has a distinct feel, a uniform vibe, and a somewhat unexpected sound. It was conceived as Grandaddy maestro Jason Lytle was driving through the Nevada desert, and Patti Page’s “Tennessee Waltz” came across the classic country station on the radio. He was immediately intrigued by the possibilities of what it might sound like to keep the slow sway and sweet, simple lyrics of the bluegrass waltz while adding layers of dense synthesizers and the electronics of new wave. It incorporates the lo-fi lushness and sometimes-psychedelic orchestration Grandaddy is known for with Lytle’s first foray into true country. Seven of its 13 songs are waltzes, and as Lytle notes, “there’s an inordinate amount of pedal steel.”

Grandaddy recently celebrated their legacy with a series of 20th anniversary reissues including the acclaimed Sumday Twunny box set which earned a Pitchfork ‘Best New Reissue”. Lytle also contributed vocals to a posthumous Sparklehorse album by request of his friend and fellow psychedelic pop auteur Mark Linkous’ family. Their forthcoming album Blu Wav has been featured on “Anticipated Albums of 2024” lists by PitchforkVultureStereogumPASTEBrooklynVeganUproxxGlide Magazine and more. Grandaddy has released five official LPs, most recently 2017’s Last Place. Grandaddy members include Jason Lytle, Aaron Burtch, Jim Fairchild, Tim Dryden, and the late Kevin Garcia, who passed away in 2017.


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