Veteran Cincinnati Folk Pop duo Over the Rhine released the gorgeous, sprawling double album, Meet Me at the Edge of the World, on Sept. 3, and this Friday the group performs a hometown show at Moonlite Gardens in Coney Island (6201 Kellogg Ave., California) near Riverbend Music Center. Tickets for the all-ages show are $25 and available for advance purchase through Over the Rhine’s website (overtherhine.com). Austin, Texas-based singer/songwriter Matt the Electrician opens the show at 8 p.m. The Coney Island show kicks off an extensive leg of touring that will take the group deep into fall and from coast to coast.
Meet Me at the Edge of the World — Over the Rhine’s 15th album — was produced in L.A. by singer/songwriter and Grammy-winning producer Joe Henry, who did a similarly masterful job on OTR’s last album, 2011’s The Long Surrender. Along with a few special guest appearances by the likes of Van Dyke Parks and Aimee Mann, the album was recorded by a collection of ace studio musicians (some of whom will back the band while touring the album).
The album — split up as a four-sided double vinyl LP — was inspired by the natural surroundings of OTR’s creative core, married couple Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist’s rural farmhouse located about an hour east of Cincinnati (not in Over-the-Rhine, the revitalized neighborhood on the edge of Downtown Cincinnati where the group got its name and start). The album’s 19 tracks (including one cover, a rendition of The Band’s “It Makes No Difference”) are among OTR’s finest yet — beautiful, soulful and often transcendent. It also marks the emergence of Detweiler as a vocalist, as he harmonizes (and even duets) with Bergquist frequently on the new release.
With a loyal, nationwide fanbase (like with The Long Surrender, the new album was financed with help from the band’s fans) and consistent critical praise, it’s no shock that Meet Me at the Edge of the World has already drawn some glowing reviews from various outlets from across the globe.
Longtime champions Paste magazine and unexpected champions Wall Street Journal carried live streams of the album and NPR did a feature on the duo. American Songwriter gave the album four out of five stars, writing, “Bergquist and Detweiler have lovingly crafted a rewarding set of intimate, personal songs,” and the Los Angeles Times said of the album, “Over the Rhine seems to inhabit another time, one that sounds awfully appealing here.”
On Monday, Over the Rhine kicks off Studio 89, the excellent live-in-studio performance broadcast series on WNKU. OTR’s session airs Monday at 7 p.m. and can be heard on the station’s airwaves (89.7 FM in Cincinnati) and online at wnku.org, where you can also find the schedule for the rest of Studio 89’s season.
More New Local Releases
• Calling themselves “Witchy ’70s Metal,” Cincinnati’s Electric Citizen debuted earlier this year, hitting the road and building a following amongst fans of the burgeoning Psych Rock scene (as well as other bands that play it) from all over the world. The group also caught the attention of L.A. indie label The Crossing, which is releasing Electric Citizen’s four-song, double 7-inch vinyl EP (Netherlands label Breathe Plastic will release the EP on cassette later this year). The self-titled release will be available at the band’s local release celebration this Saturday at MOTR Pub (motrpub.com). Detroit Psych Rock band Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor opens Saturday’s free show. (electriccitizenband.com)
• Excellent Northern Kentucky Country Rock quartet The Sleepin’ Dogs are throwing a release party for their sophomore full-length release, Moon Over the Mountain, this Friday at Newport’s Southgate House Revival, joined by Lexington, Ky.’s, The Roosters Crow and local Honky Tonk crew Veronica Grimm and the Blue Ribbon Boys. With a kickin’ energy and dynamic Rock power, the Country influence on the band is still strongly evident, but blended in a little more artfully than on its 2011 debut, Love Takes its Toll. Lots of artists these days are mixing Rock and Country, but The Sleepin’ Dogs do so in new and unique ways. Moon Over the Mountain finds the band, which plans to continue touring regionally after the release, in top form, ready to take their music to the next level and find a well-deserved national audience. (thesleepindogs.com)
• Umin is the solo guise of Cincinnati musician Kevin Poole, who celebrates the release of his new album, antiv, with a show at Clifton Heights’ Rohs Street Café (rohsstreetcafe.com) this Friday at 9 p.m. Combining acoustic and electronic sounds with a ukulele, programming and samples, umin’s new release features collaborations with numerous Cincinnati area musicians, including Matt Mooney of Koala Fires, Nic Powers of The Sweep and Elle Crash of JetLab (each of whom will reprise their roles with guest spots at the release show). The album also contains long distance collaborations with former Cincinnati artist/musician Matthew Shelton (now based in Chicago), umin’s labelmate on Abandon Building Records, who will also perform at Friday’s release show. (uminmusic.com)
CONTACT MIKE BREEN: firstname.lastname@example.org, @CityBeatMusic or on Facebook here.