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David Bazan Brings New Album to Music Hall of Williamsburg

July 6th, 2016

David Bazan first rose to acclaim fronting Seattle’s Christian-themed Pedro the Lion. But as he began to stray from a religious influence, Bazan (above, doing “Wolves at the Door”) did a one-off with the band Headphones and then started working on his own. In 2006, Paste magazine labeled him the No. 85 living songwriter and proclaimed, “If crushing truths perish by being acknowledged, David Bazan is the grim-news reaper…. He chronicles the subtle forms manipulation assumes, and the moving target of his satire is the brainwash we often administer unto ourselves.” His first solo full-length, Curse Your Branches (stream it below), came out to raves in 2009. “Albums about breaking up with a girlfriend or boyfriend after a long relationship are pretty common; albums about splitting with God after a lifetime together are rare,” wrote the A.V. Club. “It’s heavy stuff, to be sure, but Bazan is such an astute chronicler of his own emotions—no matter how ugly—that even his darkest moments ironically offer serious inspiration. Like the subject matter itself, he’s a rarity.” Since then, the singer-songwriter has worked with others and released a host of singles, and a couple of months ago, he put out his third LP, Blanco (stream it below), which is heavy on samples and keyboards. Exclaim! called it “a poignant reflection on the hardships of a touring musician spending most of the year away from his wife and kids…. It requires, and deserves, an attentive and patient ear.” Give the new music a listen live when David Bazan plays Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow night. Another notable singer-songwriter, Laura Gibson, opens the show.