Gregory Alan Isakov’s “Evening Machines” out today; on tour now

Written by | October 5, 2018 14:18 pm | No Comments

Gregory Alan Isakov’s highly anticipated new album, Evening Machines, is out today on Dualtone Records. Stream/purchase here. Evening Machines is already the subject of widespread critical acclaim…
“…characteristically ruminative…blending a gentle spaciousness with dusky
atmospheres and carefully nuanced textures.”
[Of “Chemicals”] “…unfolds at a gentle pace…[it] is the sound
of befuddlement turned into beauty.”

[Of “Caves”] “Enchanting…Essential to the song’s boundary-less feeling is the enchanting vocal layering—the layers reach out in every direction to create the sense that they extend forever, but you are still somehow at the center of it all.”

“His songs are lush, delicate and considered…Evening Machines is poised to push Isakov even higher…In significant ways, it’s his most mature and singular-sounding record to date.”
“The music on Evening Machines is powerful, vulnerable and surprising…
a completely exciting and gorgeous record.”
“‘Chemicals’ is a penetrating narrative that explores the complexity of the human condition. It’s almost overwhelming to ponder what the rest of the album will reveal.”
“Isakov’s latest is an evocative album, consistently holding a listener’s attention.”
Evening Machines suspends time and space as well as the simultaneous mood of earthiness mixed with that surreal somewhere else.

Evening Machines is both spacious and intimate, like a walk with a friend at
dusk. As your friend talks to you, the sounds of twilight surround you both.”

“Gregory Alan Isakov makes some of the most pleasant music on the planet…
his music isakin to laying in the back of a pickup truck and staring up at the stars.
I just can’t paint a better picture than that. If you don’t have a truck, your ear buds or your living room will do.”

“It’s is an absolute masterpiece of modern folk.”
Recorded at a converted barn studio located on Isakov’s three-acre farm in Boulder County, CO, the twelve-track album—via Suitcase Town Music (Isakov’s label) and his first in partnership with Dualtone Records—was self-produced and mixed by Tucker Martine (Neko Case, The Decemberists) and Andrew Berlin (Descendents, Rise Against).
Of the record—his fourth full-length studio album and first in five years—Isakov comments, “I’d work really hard into the night. A lot of times I would find myself in the light of all these VU meters and the tape machine glow, so that’s where the title came from. I recorded mostly at night, when I wasn’t working in the gardens. It doesn’t matter if it’s summer or winter, morning or afternoon, this music always feels like evening to me.”
In celebration of the album, Isakov is in the midst on an extensive worldwide tour this fall, which included a sold-out return headline show at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in September, as well as upcoming dates at L.A.’s Theatre at Ace Hotel, Chicago’s The Vic Theatre, Manhattan’s Irving Plaza, Brooklyn’s Warsaw, Amsterdam’s Paradiso and London’s 02 Shepherds Bush Empire among many others. See below for complete itinerary.
photo credit: Rebecca Caridad
The new album follows Isakov’s acclaimed collaboration with the Colorado Symphony, 2016’s Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony, which featured orchestral versions of twelve of Isakov’s beloved songs. Released to widespread acclaim, NPR Music premiered the official music video for the song, “Liars,” praising, “Stunning imagery…an emotionally charged and poignant musical statement.” Previous to the symphonic album, Isakov released 2013’s The Weatherman, which debuted at #1 on iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter chart and received widespread acclaim including critical notice at NPR’s Weekend Edition, NPR Music, Esquire, Rolling Stone, The Boston Globe, etc. Of the music, Denver Westword proclaimed,“Bob Dylan once sang, ‘You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,’ and you don’t need to be a singer-songwriter to realize that Isakov has created something truly stunning here.”
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and now calling Colorado home, Isakov is a lifelong traveler. Since his debut in 2003, Isakov has released three full-length studio albums on his independent label Suitcase Town Music with over 370,000 in sales and has toured widely building a devoted international audience. He’s also toured extensively with artists including Iron & Wine, Ani DiFranco, Blind Pilot, Passenger, Josh Ritter, Brandi Carlile, and Nathaniel Rateliff and, since his debut with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in November 2013, has performed with symphonies across the county including: the Seattle Symphony, the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, among others.
1. Berth
2. San Luis
3. Southern Star
4. Powder
5. Bullet Holes
6. Was I Just Another One
7. Caves
8. Chemicals
9. Dark, Dark, Dark
10. Too Far Away
11. Where You Gonna Go
12. Wings in All Black
October 5—San Francisco, CA—Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
October 6—San Francisco, CA—Great American Music Hall†† (SOLD OUT)
October 8—Portland, OR—Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (w/ Oregon Symphony) (SOLD OUT)
October 9—Seattle, WA—Moore Theatre**
October 10—Vancouver, BC—Commodore Ballroom**
October 12—Chico, CA—Senator Theater**
October 13—San Luis Obispo, CA—Fremont Theater**
October 14—San Diego, CA—Music Box** (SOLD OUT)
October 15—Santa Barbara, CA—Lobero Theatre***
October 16—Los Angeles, CA—Theatre at Ace Hotel**
October 18—Austin, TX—Emo’s††
October 19—Dallas, TX—Granada Theater ††
October 20—Kansas City, MO—The Truman KC††
November 2—Omaha, NE—Sokol Auditorium‡‡
November 3—Iowa City, IA—Englert Theatre§
November 4—Des Moines, IA—Wooly’s‡‡
November 5—Minneapolis, MN—First Avenue‡‡
November 7—Chicago, IL—The Vic Theatre‡‡
November 8—Toronto, ON—Danforth Music Hall‡‡
November 9—Montreal, QC—Corona Theatre‡‡
November 10—Hartford, CT—Infinity Hall§§
November 11—Washington, DC—9:30 Club§§ (SOLD OUT)
November 12—New York, NY—Irving Plaza§§
November 14—Philadelphia, PA—Union Transfer§§
November 15—Brooklyn, NY—Warsaw§§
November 16—Boston, MA—Royale§§
November 17—Boston, MA—Royale#
November 20—Brussels, Belgium—Orangerie Botanique##
November 21—Hamburg, Germany—Uebel & Gefaehrlich##
November 23—Oslo, Norway—John Dee##
November 24—Stockholm, Sweden—Nalen##
November 25—Copenhagen, Denmark—VEGA##
November 27—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Paradiso##
November 28—Groningen, Netherlands—De Oosterport##
November 29—Berlin, Germany—Passionkirche Kreuzberg##
November 30—Cologne, Germany—Gloria##
December 1—Zurich, Switzerland—Mascotte##
December 2—Paris, France—La Maroquinerie##
December 4—London, UK—O2 Shepherds Bush Empire##
December 5—Bristol, UK—SWX##
December 7—Dublin, Ireland—Academy##
December 8—Glasgow, Scotland—Saint Luke’s##
December 9—Manchester, UK—Academy 3##
§with Pieta Brown
**with The Wild Reeds
††with Oh Pep!
‡‡with Haley Heynderickx
§§with Leif Vollebekk
#with Reed Foehl
***Glen Phillips
##with Joe Purdy

photo credit: Rebecca Caridad


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *