Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Wailing Wall Announces Album, Tour

Imagine Michael Nau singing Jeff Mangum-penned lyrics while being accompanied with an 8-piece band, if you can, and that's what the Wailing Wall reminds me of. Jesse Rifkin's song, "Hospital Blossom," evokes the same sort of gorgeously poetic, sometimes macabre nature imagery and religious allusions both of the aforementioned artists are known for, with a chorus that repeats something like, "My spine will soar and split-up skin / My bones will break into birth / And your hands will dig a pit to find me // In that eager, eager Earth."

Good news for anybody who's been enjoying the Wailing Wall's songs as much as I have lately: the New York-based band has finished recording its album, Hospital Blossoms, and it's due to be released next month! Following that, the folk band will be hitting the road with Soul St. Marie.

"Sister, I"
"Nails and Wood"
"Hospital Blossom"
"No Wind"
"Dear Mother"
"Floral Park"
"Morning 2"

03-14: The Rugroom (New Paltz, NY)
03-15: TBA (Providence, RI)
03-16: P.A.'s Lounge (Somerville, MA)
03-17: TBA (TBA)
03-18: TBA (TBA)
03-20: The Monkey Room (Winooski, VT)
03-21: Bennington College (Bennington, VT)
03-22: The Q (Worcester, MA)
03-23: TBA (TBA, NH)
03-25: Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT)
03-26: TBA (York, PA)
03-27: Goucher College (Baltimore/Towson, MD)
03-29: TBA (Brooklyn, NY)

"Hospital Blossom" [MP3]
"Where Has My Heart Gone?" [MP3]

The Wailing Wall on MySpace

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