J Mascis is set to release his new album Several Shades Of Why on March 14, but he’s giving fans a chance to hear the whole thing ahead of time.
Mascis has decided to shift gears after two years of intense noise, and upon accepting a challenge from a longtime friend at Sub Pop, the grunge godfather began writing acoustic material. Several Shades of Why marks the first time he has devoted an entire album to the stripped sounds, and the results are pretty fantastic.
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In addition to a near-total absence of drums, you’ll hear shades of Neil Young and even a little country, but with guest appearances from Kurt Vile, Ben Bridwell (Band Of Horses) and Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene) the album is an even-keeled journey that rewards the listener with nuance and a surprisingly rich flavor.
Pre-order Several Shades of Why and keep up with J Mascis at his official site.