I was never a huge Pedro The Lion fan, so David Bazan’s excellent new EP finds me totally off guard. Fewer Moving Parts is a collection of five accessible, even poppy, dirges about familiar themes of control: women, drinking, going solo ("I still run the show/ Don’t you forget it … I do and I don’t/ think I’m better off alone.") Cleverly, the 85th greatest living songwriter gives two versions of each song, a fleshed out guitar assault and an alternately titled stripped-down slo-core take.
Here’s my favorite tune. Not sure which version I like better, this or the acoustic one ("Don’t Cry I’m Not Gonna Hurt You") on which he coos the organ solo.
David Bazan – "How I Remember" (MP3)
Former Low bassist and graphic novel artist Zak Sally did the artwork, which I wouldn’t mention if it wasn’t so striking.
David’s working on a full-length for release next year on Jade Tree and is playing some shows later this month with Micah P. Hinson:
Wed 07/19 Portland OR @ Doug Fir
Thu 07/20 Eugene OR @ WOW Hall
Fri 07/21 Chico CA @ 1078 Gallery
Sat 07/22 Modesto CA @ Xclamation Festival
Sun 07/23 Pomona CA @ Glass House
Mon 07/24 San Diego CA @ The Casbah
Tue 07/25 Los Angeles CA @ Tangiers
Thu 07/27 San Francisco CA @ Bottom of the Hill
Sat 07/29 Seattle WA @ Tractor Tavern