Auburn will be performing with the very talented Steve Forbert at Bush Hall in London on Sunday 2nd June at 7:30pm!
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A huge thank you to Dmitry M. Epstein for this incredibly in depth review of the new upcoming album Game of Faith.
Available to pre-order HERE now, release date 28th June.
Looking through time and finding the rhyme: anguished Americana as a means of survival.
Although it may look like a metaphor, there’s a genuine game attached to this album, with each song assigned a card character – yet the listener can safely assume they all refer to Liz Lenten who’s been leading AUBURN for two decades now. If the band’s previous work, “Love & Promises” – a telling title – reflected her happiness and anxiety, its successor comes full of heartbreak. A personal turmoil and a temporary loss of voice define the ensemble’s sixth record not only lyrically but also in sonic terms: Lenten’s new approach is arranged around her half-whisper delivery which seems to suggest a certain extent of intimacy – still, vulnerability doesn’t belong here, as Liz has chosen delicate defiance over full-on self-pity.
It’s obvious on the stark, vocals-and-strum, blues “I Drank” that’s followed by the flamenco-flavored “Prosecco-Fuelled Profiles” or on the equally riveting Catalan travelogue “Misshapen Fruit” – the most focused instance of the singer-songwriter’s craft, while the slightly feisty “Spoke In The Wheel” is lifted to the hope level thanks to Thomm Jutz’s filigree guitar. With an element of vaudeville to the alluringly smoky “Bad Girl, Good Woman” and exotic air to “Trinidad” where country meets calypso, Liz’s numbers run through styles and places, yet the hot and humid “Happy Nowhere” will fail to locate her erstwhile bliss.
Not everything is hidden in plain view here, however, the titular track’s arresting purr of a welcome turning out to be a trap whose unhurried twang wouldn’t let a player leave until the pained prayer “His Arms” dissolves the soulful shimmer behind “I Don’t Love Him” – but not before the quietly rumbling licks propel ‘Float To Blue” away from the darkness. It’s rather cathartic, this brave veneer over “Like I Do” – protective, yet somewhat exposing Lenten’s vulnerability even more. After such an album, there’s no other way than to get healed and emerge scarred if not scared.
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In the mood for some JJ Cale meets seventies Bonnie Raitt, confessional, rootsy music? Well say hello to Auburn.
Auburn is basically singer Liz Lenten who writes the songs and a hand picked team of Nashville musicians. They would be Thomm Jutz – producer/guitars (Nanci Griffiths, Mary Gauthier, Mac Wise), Mark Fain – bass (Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs), Lynn Williams – drums (Delbert McClinton, Lee Roy Parnell, The Wallflowers) and Britt Savage – harmony vocals (Garth Brooks, Crystal Gayle).
It’s a long way from running music groups in Lincolnshire but Ms Lenten obviously believes that only the best will do. The songs certainly come to life with such sympathetic backing while Liz adopts a semi-spoken vocal style over the top. Things never get above a slow canter but when there are songs as good as ‘I Don’t Love Him’, the bluesy ‘I Drank’ and ‘It’s Not Love’ then the one pace really doesn’t matter.
There are strong melodies throughout and anyone partial to the whole Americana vibe type thing will find an awful lot to enjoy here. Plus it would appear that “Game of Faith” has a unique strategy-based card game that will be launched with the album with each song correlating to a card. No, me neither. But it’s a good one.
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For those of you who didn’t get chance to listen at the time, you can now listen back to Liz’s interview with Big Blend Radio on the following channels – just click the channel of your choice to head right there.
Auburn, Game of Faith has made it overseas and there’s a press release in German!
Do we speak German? No.
Did Google translate do a good enough job that we got the general idea? Yes.
Is that good enough for us for now? Definitely!
Check it out here
We did promise there would be reviews galore, so here’s your first fix.
“way left, non-art chick release” pretty much sums it up <3
Liz, Auburn front man will be interviewed on Big Blend Radio at 7:45 pm (UK time) on Sunday 5th May.
You’ll find the link to listen live right HERE
Well aren’t we just feeling so continental after this amazing review from Belgium <3
Click here for the original link OR if you’re English speaking and want to see the translated version then it’s right below:
Get ready to see a whole load of press releases and reviews of the new album, Game of Faith over the coming weeks!
Let’s kick things off with this press release published in Elicit Magazine: