“To me, euphoria lives inside an electric guitar. That's a place I find freedom, passion, exhilaration: in the spaces between the notes, in the distanc between the frets.” – Chris Stamey
Acclaimed North Carolina singer-songwriter, musician, and producer Chris Stamey will release his first studio album in two years, Euphoria, June 2, via Yep Roc Records.
The album’s available for pre-order with instant download of “Invisible,” which premiered today at Brooklyn Vegan. It was recorded at Mitch Easter’s Fidelitorium and his own Modern Recording with the help of Jeff Crawford.
“I found these songs inside the same dilapidated old Silvertone lipstick guitar that I'd written my first records on,” Stamey asserts. “Maybe that's why it sounds a bit like those records in some ways.” In addition to Stamey’s own memorable compositions, the album highlights includes the rousing opening track “Universe-sized Arms,” a previously unreleased Ryan Adams composition that Adams suggested he record.
Assembling some longtime friends from Chapel Hill’s fertile musical community, the album features Tony Stiglitz, F.J. Ventre, Wes Lachot, Matt McMichaels, Eric Marshall (Let’s Active), Django Haskins (The Old Ceremony) and longtime cohort Mitch Easter, as well as guests Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), Pat Sansone (Wilco).
The follow-up to 2013’s acclaimed Lovesick Blues, and 2012’s dB’s reunion album Falling Off the Sky. Since 2010, Stamey has been the musical director and orchestrator for a series of all-star international concert performances of Big Star's classic album Sister Lovers aka Third, with a rotating musical cast that includes Big Star's Jody Stephens as well as members of the Posies, R.E.M., Teenage Fanclub, Wilco and Yo La Tengo.
Stamey has also produced and recorded a wide variety of artists at Modern Recording, the Chapel Hill studio that he’s operated for the past two decades, including the likes of Whiskeytown, Alejandro Escovedo, Flat Duo Jets, Le Tigre and Tift Merritt.
1. Universe-sized Arms
2. Where Does the Time Go?
4. Make Up Your Mind
6. Awake in the World
7. Dear Valentine
8. When the Fever Breaks
9. You Are Beautiful