Mercury Rev Deserter’s Songs Vinyl Lp 2023 Reissue
Released Friday 20th October 2023
Good news for those of you lucky enough to already own a copy of this album (you’ve probably worn it through to the other side) and even better news for those of you who’ve been lusting after it! A quivering, idiosyncratic and tremulous thing, Deserters Songs is a long out of print chameleon favourite so we’re delighted to say it’s getting a reissue on the band’s own label! Recorded at a time when the band were at a low ebb it is simultaneously introspective and joyous as the band come out the other side with a stone-wall classic, the odd instrumentation, fragility and dynamics beautifully captured by producer Dave Fridmann.
Fully cementing Mercury Rev’s rebirth as purveyors of a cosmic brand of the popular American songbook, Deserter’s Songs is an album of grandiose proportions. Merging jazz, folk, sweeping orchestration, and a dose of 60’s rock, the album was intended as the band’s swan song and therefore made with utter abandon.
However, it became the band’s most acclaimed platter and remains one of the essential records of the past 30 years. Deserter’s Songs was released to huge worldwide acclaim and went on to be named album of theyear in 1998 by NME, MOJO and many other publications, quickly propelling the legendary iconoclasts into living rooms worldwide and pioneered the launch of a new genre of music, heard today in bands like Arcade Fire and Beirut. Available on vinyl once again on the band’s own imprint Excelsior Melodies.
1.Holes 2.Tonite It Shows 3.Endlessly 4.I Collect Coins 5.Opus 40 6.Hudson Line 7.The Happy End (The Drunk
Room) 8.Goddess on a Hiway 9.The Funny Bird 10.Pick Up If You’re There 11.Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp