Ernest Jenning Record Co. is excited to announce that newly Taos, NM-based duo Trummors have booked several West-coast fall tour dates with Bishop Allen behind their recent release Moorish Highway, out now via Ernest Jenning. The dates begin on October 2 at Lofi in Seattle, WA and end on October 10 at The Hi Dive in Denver, CO. The current list of Trummors tour dates can be found below.
Begun in 2010 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Trummors are a duo formed by songwriter Anne Cunningham and longtime New York City musician David Lerner, known best to some for his years of work with Ted Leo & The Pharmacists. The two multi-instrumentalists focus on acoustic instrumentation, incorporating harmonium, fingerstyle guitar, and close-harmony dual vocals into their warm sound. Early on in the group's existence, Cunningham and Lerner moved from Brooklyn to the considerably calmer surroundings of Woodstock in upstate New York. They've since relocated to Taos, NM, about 75 miles outside of Santa Fe. Trummors' debut album, Over and Around the Clove, was released in 2012 and reflected their recent change of scenery with its lushly earthy songs and slightly psychedelic filter on a '70s pop sound. Moorish Highway is the follow-up to Trummors' first LP, and expands on the country-folk duo format of their debut.
Calling on a cast of talented backing players including drummer Otto Hauser (Vetiver), guitaristKevin Barker (Joanna Newsom), bassist James Preston (Zachary Cale), and pedal steel guitaristMarc Orleans (D. Charles Speer and the Helix), Moorish Highway was recorded at Drawing Room in Kingston, NY by Justin Rice (Bishop Allen), and mixed by Eli Walker at Isokon in Woodstock, NY.
While Trummors' signature harmonium drones and vocal harmonies remain, the duo visit new sonic territory as well: "Bogus Bruce" chugs along with a metronomic groove, while "Strangers From Now On" nods to classic Merseybeat. A spare version of Gordon Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain", long a staple of the duo's live set, rounds out a dynamic sophomore effort inspired by the singer-songwriter era, but from a point of view that is all Trummors' own.
Moorish Highway tracklist:
2. Bogus Bruce
3. Strangers From Now On
4. Early Morning Rain
5. Branches Divide
6. Hearts for the Trump
7. Autumn Gold
8. Moorish Highway
9. Pessimistic Bluebird
11. Always Seems to Rain
Trummors' upcoming shows:
10/2 - Lofi - Seattle, WA *
10/3 - The Bartlett - Spokane, WA *
10/4 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR *
10/5 - Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco, CA *
10/7 - Bootleg Bar - Los Angeles, CA *
10/8 - The Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix, AZ *
10/9 - TBA - Santa Fe, NM *
10/10 - The Hi Dive - Denver, CO *
* - w/Bishop Allen
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