Parquet Courts’ A. Savage Announces Solo Debut, Thawing Dawn + Release New Track

Daybreak tends to creep up on you. Emerging from starry darkness, the sun wobbles at first but proceeds on its scheduled arc. You can’t help but wonder if it ever looks back in disbelief, or regret.  This feeling of self-reflection—of looking back to see how far you’ve come—is precisely the sentiment of Thawing Dawnthe first solo record from A. Savage, out October 13th on Dull Tools.

Savage is best known as the frontman for Parquet Court, a duty split with fellow Texan Austin Brown. Their last record, Human Performance, delved into the emotional wreckage of a broken heart, to critical acclaim.  But with Thawing Dawn, it’s clear that Savage has matured. While assembling the record, he fell in love. Now, for the first time, we hear songs about being on the inside of love. Rather than lamenting the end of a relationship, we hear a voice trying, in the moment, to make sense of love’s mysteries. “Part of this maturity,” he says, “is reflecting on something when it’s happening, not just when it’s gone.”

These ten songs were recorded between December 2016 and June 2017 by a cast of friends in Jarvis Taveniere’s Thump Studios in Brooklyn. Members of Woods, Ultimate Painting, PC Worship, EZTV, Sunwatchers, and Psychic TV all lend their talents. Savage’s voice, once shouted into mosh pits, now glides confidently above its backing band. Thawing Dawn marks the arrival point for Savage as a sensitive and skilled vocalist.  A strain of rural inquiry tinges the soundscape, an ongoing trope in Savage’s writing most powerfully felt on Parkay Quart’s ballad “Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth.” On this record it is stronger, with a healthy helping of pedal steel guitar, a chorus of female back-up vocals, four familiar chords, and maybe the truth, all layered throughout these songs. Today, he shares the propulsive “Winter in the South.

Thu. July 13 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall w/ Alex Dupree
Fri. July 14 – Dallas, TX @ Foundry Beer Garden w/ Alex Dupree
Sat. July15 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda w/ Alex Dupree
Wed. Nov. 1 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls w/ Jack Cooper
Thu. Nov. 2 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle w/ Jack Cooper
Fri. Nov. 3 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory w/ Jack Cooper
Sat. Nov. 4 – Columbus,OH @ Double Happiness w/ Jack Cooper
Sun. Nov. 5 – Louisville, KY @ Kaiju w/ Jack Cooper
Mon. Nov. 6 – Nashville, TN @ The End w/ Jack Cooper
Wed. Nov. 8 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn w/ Jack Cooper
Thu. Nov. 9 – Durham,NC @ The Pinhook w/ Jack Cooper
Fri. Nov. 10 – Washington, DC @ DC9 w/ Jack Cooper
Sat. Nov. 11– Brooklyn, NY @ Murmrr Ballroom w/ Jack Cooper

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