One Little Indian will release Irish Songwriter, Marc Carroll's 4th studio album, "Stone Beads & Silver" on 28th January 2013.
The album was recorded in Los Angeles and Woodstock during the summer of 2012. Previously playing all instruments on his solo recordings, for the new record, Carroll drafted in a host of high ranking musicians to play on the songs.
"I didn't want to play it all myself this time," explains Carroll. "I wanted to bring a different feel to some of the songs. These weren't a bunch of 3-minute guitar songs. I knew who I wanted to play on the songs as I was writing them and the record benefits from that approach. These people are all great at what they do, have an ethos, a way of life that puts music first or makes music an intimate part of their lives. They come from different musical environments but the ethic is the same, they understand the depth and variety and history of American music in particular, which is important to me."
For the first time Marc drafted in a defacto producer - Grammy Award winner Chris Testa (Jimmy Eat World, Band Of Horses, Dixie Chicks) to work alongside him on the sessions in Los Angeles. "I liked Chris when I met him and I think we worked well together. I thought it would be interesting to let someone else in on the act. "
And the people filling the ranks of Marc's studio band are amongst the best working in American music today, including Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket), Nelson Bragg & Probyn Gregory (Brian Wilson), McKenzie Smith (Midlake) as well as former Bob Dylan sideman and Levon Helm band leader, Larry Campbell - the album is yet another turning point in his long and often varied career.
"There is no particular style to the record. My records have never been like that. You can't really pigeonhole life and I certainly can't do that to my songs. They have a life of their own and they are what they are. I never have a set plan. I only care about the songs and they will dictate how they should sound."
Several strands are woven into the fabric of the music. Folk and country influences and instrumentation can be found on tracks like the mesmerising, haunting, album opener, "Muskingum River". Other songs evoke the space and distance of the deserts and coasts of California. "Sat Neath Her Window" could almost be a traditional folk song. Lyrically astute as ever, songs like "The Fool Disguised in Beggars Clothes" reveal his usual sense of poetry and sharp observation, while "(It Was) Lust Not Love" once again demonstrates his ability to fire off a 3 minute pop song with ease and brilliant results. With good reason he has been declared as "One of the finest songwriters putting pen to paper."
Consistently refusing to be molded into one particular genre, the new album underlines what one critic said about his previous work "He evokes widescreen Americana with a flourish that many contemporaries can only dream off".
Moving from continent to continent since the age of 15, Carroll now 41, resides in Los Angeles. He performs an intimate show at The Enterprise, Chalk Farm NW1 on Thursday 31st January.