With decades of experience in the music industry and a lifetime of stories etched on his face, Thee Conductor, a band led by the multi-talented Jason Butler, has been busy creating his latest album Ennoia. Slated to drop February 9th via Spaceflight Records, the record showcases a strong and cohesive musical direction, giving listeners an authentic glimpse into the inner workings of Butler’s mind. Today, Thee Conductor shares the video for “Big Man” featuring Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.
Butler says, “The video for ‘Big Man’ was filmed on the backroads and on my wooded acreage here in little Elgin Texas. Just 30 miles east of Austin, Elgin is an oasis of sorts— quiet and full of kind hearted people.
Shot on 16mm film, the wonderful team at Arts+Labor spearheaded by the vision of Cody Ground and Patrick Higgins, have created a cinematic gem leaving the audience (myself included) wanting more.
As for the song, the music itself— BPB‘s vulnerable voice instrument works wonderfully with myself, Justin Douglas and Jeremy Lemos’ musical bedding. All wrapped up warmly like a fresh burrito ready to nibble on.
Thank you to all involved, I am mighty grateful.”
For Ennoia, Butler chose to pair down his roster of players and singers, ensuring that every note and every word served a purpose. The result is a precise and focused sonic experience that is truly reflective of Butler’s artistry. In his own words, “This record is the most ‘me’ I have yet to do”.
Adding to the magic of Ennoia, Butler invited the legendary Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (Will Oldham) to lend his emotive and vulnerable voice instrument to each track. The partnership between Oldham’s voice and Butler’s lyrics is truly unique, creating an honest and poignant listening experience that will tug at your heartstrings. Butler also brought in some heavy hitters to add their own unique touch to the album. Glenn Kotche (Wilco) joins on two tracks, creating a wild percussive ride with sounds of Kalimba, a drum kit, and various other toys on the first, and a soft textured and grounded pulse that pushes Butler’s words and Oldham’s voice to the front on the second. Meanwhile, Kevin Shea weaves in and out of controlled mania on the first track, adding to the overall complexity of the musical experience.
Justin Douglas (King Electric Recording) and Christopher Cox (arrangements) are vital partners in the makeup of Thee Conductor, playing critical roles in bringing Butler’s vision to life. And the album features other notable guests, including the Tosca String Quartet, Jeremy Lemos, and Delaine Leonard.