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Dean Wareham Releases First Single off Forthcoming Debut Solo Album



Today Dean Wareham released the first single off his upcoming self-titled debut album. The album was produced by Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and is due out March 11. Entitled “Holding Pattern” the single is now available via iTunes and Dean Wareham is now available for pre-order.

A stream of the single is also now available — it premiered earlier today via Consequence of Sound who said “As he’s done throughout his career,,, Wareham plumbs the depths of his own inner workings for inspiration. Even amid the larger-than-life machinations of lush, almost celestial synths and the deliberate rumbling of guitars, Wareham’s own personal turmoil is the real source of gravity. Lost in the big, black emptiness, he’s just looking to find an actual place (both physically and emotionally) to finally call home. Even without a foreseeable happy ending and his unshakable cynicism, it’s hard to not get caught up in the interstellar journey.”

LISTEN to “Holding Pattern” below.

Wareham has also revealed the album’s artwork and tracklisting :

Dean Wareham track list

1. The Dancer Disappears
2. Beat the Devil
3. Heartless People
4. My Eyes Are Blue
5. Love is Not A Roof Against the Rain
6. Holding Pattern
7. I Can Only Give My All
8. Babes in the Wood
9. Happy & Free

Dean Wareham is Wareham’s first solo album. In the fall of 2013 he released the Emancipated Hearts EP to wide-spread critical acclaim. Pitchfork said “Even at six tracks, it’s stunning how much life (and death) Wareham spreads over these tracks, and makes these tiny whispers of songs feel like the biggest secret anyone’s ever told you.” Rolling Stone, giving the EP 3.5 stars called it a, “characteristically refined and intimate.”

Dean Wareham is counted as one of the originators of American indie rock, his band Galaxie 500 emerging from Boston in 1987 and making three celebrated albums. He went on to record seven studio albums with his next band Luna, and three as part of Dean & Britta (with wife Britta Phillips).

Dean: I bought My Morning Jacket’s first album, The Tennessee Fire, back in 1999, and mentioned it in a top ten list. I got an email from Jim James a few months later, just saying hi and thanks.

In the Spring of 2012 I had dinner with Jim’s manager (and a friend of mine) Mike Martinovich, and wound up having drinks back at his Manhattan office late that night, where he played me a few mixes from Jim’s just completed solo album – which I loved. I commented how great the production was. And Mike suggested we should think about collaborating on something.

That summer My Morning Jacket curated the Forecastle Festival in Louisville. Jim invited me to perform a set of Galaxie 500 songs, and after the festival was over to stay at his house to record a few songs. I moved in with my band (Britta Phillips on bass, Anthony LaMarca on drums). Jim has a pretty great set up there, a nice old Trident desk and a good collection of vintage microphones and keyboards. We set up drums in the living room, guitar amps in the garage, and I sang in Jim’s den. We recorded three songs, including “the Dancer Disappears” and decided right then to come back and do a whole album.