All The Real Girls is the new project from Peter Donovan, an earnest songwriter from the Pacific Northwest whose hearty, Americana-tinged work led members of Built To Spill, Death Cab For Cutie, Long Winters, Lashes, and Pell Mell to join him in creating a veritable supergroup. The band’s first album is inspired by Jo, an old woman he met while drinking at a bar near Bakersfield, California while he was there to film a part in the 2013 movie Lost on Purpose. “She started giving me her entire family history, like five generations of it,” Donovan says. “Adultery, botched kidnappings, crazy cult leaders, schizophrenic starlets. It was nuts… I was writing as soon as I got back to my room.” The resultant album, Elk City, is a wild ride of fluid storytelling that Donovan and All the Real Girls brought to life with the help of producer John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Nada Surf).
The album’s title track is available now, in advance of its June 17 release date. As stunning guitar arpeggios dance on top of a percussive march, Donovan sings an ode to a fallen loved one that was inspired a story he heard from Jo about the “big going-away party” held in honor of her sister’s death.
“Here, sweeping melodies coexist with twangy, pastoral instrumentation, as Donovan, like a young Conor Oberst, recounts a farewell party for a fallen loved one.” -Consequence of Sound
“There’s [an] eccentrically look-on-the-bright-side vibe to this title track, and portends a solid roots jangle of an LP. Lilting guitar leads hop along a shuffling beat made anxiously happy with handclaps and tambourine.” -CMJ
RIYL: Bright Eyes, The Hold Steady, Say Anything, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Weakerthans, Death Cab for Cutie
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