Eels – The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett (2014)

Artist: Eels
Title: In Dreams
Label: E Works
Genre: Indie Rock
Quality: CDRip V0 MP3
Str Date: 2014-04-22

Release Notes:

Before recording WONDERFUL, GLORIOUS, the last EELS album to be released, EELS leader Mark Oliver Everett called the band together to record a group of highly personal songs at his Los Feliz, California studio. Finding the process uncomfortable, he decided to take a break and reconvened with the band some months later to record what became WONDERFUL, GLORIOUS, an album full of spontaneous band collaborations. After that album’s release and subsequent 73 show world tour, the band returned to what they had started all that time ago.

“I listened to what we had done, and it made me uncomfortable… but not uncomfortable enough,” Everett says now. “I decided to scrub over half of the songs and write new ones that would make me feel even more uneasy. If I’m not uncomfortable, It’s not real enough. I needed to dig a little deeper.”

The resulting album, THE CAUTIONARY TALES OF MARK OLIVER EVERETT, is an extraordinarily vivid and intimate document of a personal struggle. “It’s inspired by something I went though,” Everett says. “Someone I lost, by choice, and later came to regret losing. It wasn’t until I started to look at my role in it that it began to feel like I was getting somewhere worthwhile. The experience transformed me. This is the musical version of that experience. I’m hoping it could maybe serve as some sort of example for others. To learn from my mistakes.”

Quite different to the previous EELS release, and in contrast to the high-octane rock n’ roll of the last EELS tour, THE CAUTIONARY TALES couples a bare-bones lyrical intimacy with a live orchestra of cello, viola, violins, bassoon, English and French horn, clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, musical saw, glockenspiel and celesta that lends a stunning backdrop to the brutal insights of the lyrics.

“The title may make you think it’s a solo album, but it’s very much a group effort,” says Everett. Indeed, EELS members Koool G Murder, The Chet, P-Boo and Knuckles are all involved in performing, songwriting, and even arranging the album’s orchestral parts.

“Everyone knows that if you want to write something convincing, you write about what you know,” says Everett, “and what I know best are my experiences. I’m so lucky in so many ways, but it hasn’t been easy. I may as well have been raised by wolves. I’ve had to figure everything out the hard way, through trial and error. I grew up very fast in some ways, and very slow in others. These are some of the trials and errors.”

Track List:

01 Where I’m At
02 Parallels
03 Lockdown Hurricane
04 Agatha Chang
05 A Swallow in the Sun
06 Where I’m From
07 Series of Misunderstandings
08 Kindred Spirit
09 Gentlemen’s Choice
10 Dead Reckoning
11 Answers
12 Mistakes of My Youth
13 Where I’m Going

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