OUT NOW: A Tree Fell And Other Songs was written in a small, lone trailer on the Dutch flatlands alongside the dead end of a river. Produced by Kramer. Vinyl available from GreatWaters.nl, Norman Records, Shiny Beast and more.
It’s all delightfully dark and the trick of allying beautiful and tapalong music to dark words has rarely been performed as well
Astonishingly beautiful songs that everyone in the world should hear
Makes the eyes cry not because of sorrow but joy
...he performed a miracle....Brown’s songs about murder and misery sound intimate, almost cozy. The arrangements are ingenious and controlled...beautiful harmony vocals...
Prima de luxe: Tales of Misfortune and Woe is home to a dozen delicate, high quality murder ballads…
Fragile voices, dreamy songs and freaky instruments...strong lyrics and a crystal clear production with chilling effects
A singer-songwriter with a good eye for the musical heritage of his country, along with a pleasant twist of the mind
A TREE FELL AND OTHER SONGS, the fourth full-length Dusty Stray release, was written in a small, lone trailer in the flatlands of Holland alongside the dead end of a river. And appropriately so. The twelve original songs illustrating dead end relationships flow into one another in a natural, organic way. A TREE FELL is a private affair. Though more introspective and mature than the earlier three albums, the trademark Dusty Stray dark humor still abounds in numbers like BLOOD TRAIL, THE DEAD DON'T CARE and title track A TREE FELL.
After a successful collaboration with legendary American producer Kramer (Low, Ween, Galaxie 500) on FAMILY ALBUM (2013), Jonathan Brown/Dusty Stray decided to contract his services again for a “sequel”. Kramer came to Jonathan’s home studio in Amsterdam and set up camp there for four days and nights of intense recording. "We worked like crazy those few days," says Jonathan, "Mostly only stopping to share Kramer’s exotic teas. We laid down the basic tracks and then came the real magic. Kramer’s like Rumpelstiltskin -- he can spin straw into gold." The result is a glimmering musical landscape with typical Dusty Stray combination of acoustic jewelry and lyrical gems.
As far as the general sound of the album, think of Leonard Cohen, Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Bill Callahan sitting around a campfire in the dark Deep South staring up at the bright Northern Lights.
The man behind the band Dusty Stray is Jonathan Brown. Born in Taiwan. Grew up in Texas as son of a preacher man. Raised on songs about death and resurrection. Went to college. Discovered vast archive of early American folk music from the 20s and 30s. Began writing his own songs. Moved to Austin where he first performed his music. Travelled with guitar through Central America where he met a Belgian woman and followed her to Europe. Met a Spanish woman. Moved to Barcelona. Formed a bluegrass band, a psychedelic rock band and a freak folk band. Met a Dutch woman.
Moved to the Netherlands. He now lives (with the same Dutch woman) in Colorado, USA. Wrote, produced and performed in Amsterdam and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival “LHO: LEE HARVEY OSWALD The Musical” in 2005. Wrote, recorded and co-produced Dusty Stray's debut album “Tales Of Misfortune And Woe” released on Basta Records in 2009 and billed by top Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant as one of the Top Ten Albums Of 2009. He went on to write and record Dusty Stray's "Light Years Away" (Basta 2011, produced by Ken Stringfellow and JB Meijers) and "Family Album" (Basta 2013, produced by Kramer), both receiving critical praise in Europe and abroad. The fourth album "A TREE FELL And Other Songs" (also produced by Kramer) was released on Great Waters in November 2015.
Brown’s many influences include Harry Smith (Anthology Of American Folk Music), writer/illustrator Edward Gorey, The Handsome Family, Bill Callahan, Bonnie Prince Billy, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Gillian Welch, The Velvet Underground, Pavement and The Flaming Lips.
When not on stage, he can be found in junk shops and flea markets searching for discarded photographs, 8mm home movies and diverse materials for his artwork which in turn serves as inspiration for Dusty Stray.
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