Monday, August 24, 2009

New Daniel Johnston

It seems like the cult favorite Daniel Johnston has a lot of things going on. A table-top book of his art was released earlier this year by Rizzoli Publication, independent filmmakers Regenerate are working on a feature length movie about his life, he's touring the world (and performing at the Austin City Limits Music Festival,) and has a new album dropping in October on his own Eternal Yip Eye Music label.

Listening to the new album Is and Always Was, produced by Jason Falkner (Beck, Air, and Paul McCartney), you also get the feeling that Johnston is feeling a lot better and that everything is going to be alright. The production has been ratcheted up from the lo-fi homemade recordings for which he is famous, and Daniel's guitar/piano and vocal melodies are backed by Falkner on guitar, bass, and keyboards with help from Joey Waronker (REM, Beck, Smashing Pumpkins) on drums.

Check out the first single below, and go here to read the full press release.