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DEAN WAREHAM & CHEVAL SOMBRE REVEAL THEIR RENDITION OF MAGNETIC FIELD’S “GRAND CANYON”

Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna) and Cheval Sombre have shared a new single,”Grand Canyon,” off the upcoming Dean Wareham Vs. Cheval Sombre – the duo’s LP set for release this FridayOctober 26.  The track is a cover of a Magnetic Fields’ song off their album 69 Love Songs. Of the song Cheval notes, “‘Grand Canyon’ – and much of Merritt’s work – has always evoked a feeling of the West for me.  That song was added to the list after many of the others, and it was instantly clear how perfectly it would sit beside the other songs.”

LISTEN TO “GRAND CANYON” HERE

The animated video was created by London-based director Sharon Lock who has previously designed album covers for both Dean Wareham and Cheval Sombre.

Dean and Cheval will be playing at New York City‘s LPR on December 7 and The Chapel in San Francisco on January 26.

The song’s production feels both vintage and contemporarily dreamy.” Brooklyn Vegannote, “At this point you know what you’re gonna get and, really, you get what you want. Such is the case with his forthcoming album (Wareham) made with Cheval Sombre”.

The genesis of Dean Wareham Vs. Cheval Sombre can be traced back to the early 2000s when Porpora began writing and recording songs in a studio apartment on the Hudson River, NY. After sending demos to Sonic Boom, recording sessions took place in 2006, supported by guest musicians Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips. His debut album Cheval Sombre was eventually released on Double Feature Records, Wareham’s label. Yet it wasn’t until a decade later when the two decided to take their collaborations one step further with the result being the upcoming LP.

Dean Wareham founded Galaxie 500 and Luna and has made 15 studio albums. One-man-band Cheval Sombre (Chris Porpora) hails from the Hudson River, NY. He has released two prior albums, produced by Sonic Boom with Dean & Britta and Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser of MGMT.

Dean and Chris recorded this album of western-themed songs at Palmetto Recordings in downtown Los Angeles with producer Jason Quever (Papercuts, Beach House), backed by a band including Britta Phillips (Luna, Dean & Britta), Anthony LaMarca (the War on Drugs) and Will Halsey (Sugarcandy Mountain).

Pre-order Dean Wareham Vs. Cheval Sombre at deanwareham.com

Tracklisting for Dean Wareham Vs. Cheval Sombre

  1. The Bend in the River (Robbins)

  2. Tomorrow is a Long Time (Dylan)

  3. Mountains of the Moon (Holland)

  4. If I Could Only Fly (Foley)

  5. Wayfaring Stranger (traditional)

  6. Alberta (traditional)

  7. Wand’rin’ Star (Lerner/Loewe)

  8. Greensboro Woman (Van Zandt)

  9. My Rifle, My Pony and Me (Tiomkin/Webster)

  10. Grand Canyon (Merritt)

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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