I've been thinking of our new CD this morning. In the flurry (note "snow" motif) of preparations for the as always highly anticipated upcoming Holiday Show the quite exciting (to me anyway) news that TNS will have a brand new studio album finished within a couple weeks has been somewhat lost.
But this is a great moment in our life as a band, I think. Since the first record, TNS has set a certain bar for song interpretations that is not only a fun challenge for me as a musician and (arguably) a singer but more than that offers us a platform for delivering the - to be a bit pretentious - art of songcraft. And this next record is filled with some gold. These songs are made famous by others, yes, but our job, if you will, our pleasure, is to keep them alive, to curate a set of tunes that illuminates pop history - our journey through it anyway - and offer you an experience where you can sit back and savor in a new way some nuggets you may have overlooked.
Immodesty aside, this new CD will be a bit different too. It will be a trio record, and there are some beautifully stark moments, but with just a bit of extra arrangement sauce, a bit of the flavoring you've been experiencing on our bigger live shows. I think it marks a turning point for us, and opens the door now for some more original songs besides the Suburbs and Trip Shakespeare songs we've re-done (although more of that is entirely possible) of our own devising.
In other words, I think this is our best record yet. We hope you will agree.
See you out there!
Mpls Oct '12