It’s unlike Brent Amaker and the Rodeo to follow up a full length LP with another release so soon but the way the new tracks came together for the upcoming Country Sky EP, it was clear that the band had struck a distinct, more reflective chord from the tracks on Year of the Dragon released last year.
Portland-based producer Jeff Saltzman (known for his work with Stephen Malkmus, Dolorean, Death Cab for Cutie and Menomena) who has previously worked with the band on their Please Stand By album from 2010, returns to the fold to give the new batch of songs his magic touch. While he was at it, he crafted a brand new version of the single Country Sky taken from Year of the Dragon which acts as a fitting thematic anchor for the rest of the songs on the new EP. The Country Sky EP has been announced for a January 21 2014 release date on Fin Records. MTV Hive premiered the song Country Sky over the summer and you can check it out here on Soundcloud too.
The new five track EP strikes a more contemplative tone from Brent Amaker and the Rodeo’s previous work, matched by the epic artwork. It’s apparent that after many years of touring, the band has arrived at a place wear the music matches the reputation. Brent said: “I think you’ll dig it. There’s some great tunes that our fans might expect, plus a few surprises.” Look for a special appearance from Rachael Ferguson from the Seattle female locomotive punk band NighTraiN on the song Tomorrow as well.
The famed Moe’s and Neumos venues in Seattle are celebrating their 20th and 10th Year anniversaries respectively in January with a week of shows headlined by the likes of The Thermals, The Posies, Telekenesis and others. Brent Amaker and the Rodeo will be headlining the final night on January 16 at Neumos which will double as the Country Sky EP release event.
Country Sky EP will be released on January 21.