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Andrew Combs returns with new album Ideal Man in September

The singer-songwriter pushes his musical boundaries on the new record.

Andrew Combs
Credit: New West Records

Andrew Combs will release new album Ideal Man on 20th September 2019 via New West Records.

The first track to be lifted from the album is Stars of Longing, which is available to stream and download now. Take a listen to the track below:

Ideal Man was produced by Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby, Benjamin Booker) and follows Combs’ critically acclaimed 5 Covers & A Song EP, which featured his interpretations of songs by The Strokes, Radiohead, Blake Mills, Lucinda Williams, and Loudon Wainwright III.

The album sees Combs pushing the boundaries of his music as he sets aside his acoustic aside in favour of atmospheric synthesizers and distorted electric guitars. Ideal Man was captured live in Cohen’s Brooklyn studio and also features Combs’ longtime collaborators, drummer Dom Billet and guitarist/keyboardist/bassist Jerry Bernhardt.

“One of the things I really admired about Sam is that he wants to capture a moment,” says Combs.

“In the past, I’ve tended to pursue a studio sound that was really polished and clean, but I wanted to do something different this time, and I knew that working with Sam would lead to more of a loose, psychedelic, spaced-out vibe. We did everything live in the studio, even my vocals, and there’s a sense of immediacy and discovery in those early takes that you can’t recreate.”

Combs wrote the albums song with some of his favourite writers including Joe Henry, Dylan LeBlanc, Jeff Trott and Kenny Childers.

“It really changed the way that I write songs,” he reflects. “When I paint, I might start with a very abstract idea or maybe even just a feeling, but from there I’ll paint and scrape and paint and erase and keep on painting until something starts to take shape. I just let nature play out.”

Andrew Combs - Ideal Man

Credit: New West Records

The track listing for Ideal Man is:

1. Stars Of Longing
2. Ideal Man
3. Like A Father
4. Save Somebody Else
5. Hide And Seek
6. Dry Eyes
7. Firestarter
8. Shipwreck Man
9. Born Without A Clue
10. The Stone
11. Golden

Combs will be touring Europe in support of Ideal Man in November and December, including dates in Bristol, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, and a show at London’s The Lexington on December 10th.

The full dates are:

27/11 – Rock & Blues Café, Zaragoza, ES
28/11 – Sala Siroco, Madrid, ES
29/11 – Riquela Club, Santiago, ES
01/12 – Kafe Antzokia-Kutxa Beltza, Bilbao, ES
02/12 – Cine Groucho, Santander, ES
04/12 – St Lawrence’s Church, Biddulph, UK
05/12 – Pleasance Cabaret Bar, Edinburgh, UK
06/12 – CCA, Glasgow, UK
07/12 – Cleeres, Kilkenny, IE
08/12 – Lost Lane, Dublin, IE
09/12 – Louisiana, Bristol, UK
10/12 – The Lexington, London, UK
11/12 – TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, NL
12/12 – Café de Amer, Amen, NL
13/12 – Stille Nacht, Rotterdam, NL

Tickets are on sale now, and available at https://www.andrewcombsmusic.com/tour.

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