Anachronistic troubadour, Jason Simon has announced the release of a new solo album, A Venerable Wreck (BYM Records) out May 22nd. With this announcement is the leak of first single “The Same Dream,” which is a bucolic dose of lysergic Americana mainly composed of Simon’s banjo-picking and voice.
Though Simon has explored the amplified range of psychedelia for the past two decades fronting Dead Meadow, his solo material is used for the exploration of intimate and stripped-back music that touches upon country-tinged Psych-folk and more avant-garde moments. While it’s mostly Simon on the record, a circle of musicians including Nate Ryan of The Warlocks and Mark Laughlin, his band-mate in Dead Meadow were brought in to add their ingredients to a melting pot of arrangements.
Of the new track, Simon offers:
The Same Dream was written on a banjo where I’ve attached a 60’s gold foil pickup to the head allowing it to be amplified in a way akin to an electric guitar and using a tuning I picked from the likes of Clarence Ashley and Dock Boggs. Lyrically the song investigates our shared delusions inherent in the concept of endless economic growth.