Introducing Tired Pony (Fiction/Polydor Recs)

This new supergroup includes Gary Lightbody (frontman of Snow Patrol), Peter Buck (guitarist for R.E.M.), Richard Colburn (drummer for Belle & Sebastian).  And their debut release The Place We Ran From is out as of July 12, 2010 in the UK and will be out September 28, 2010 in the US.  It features Zoey Deschanel (She & Him), M. Ward (She & Him, Bright Eyes), and Tom Smith (The Editors).  The album was produced by Jacknife Lee (Snow Patrol, U2, R.E.M., Weezer, etc).

FIRST LISTEN: ‘Foundling’ by David Gray (Mercer Street/Downtown/Polydor Recs)

Foundling

The album (released Aug 16) is David Gray’s nineth album.

Described as a “private record”, Gray states that he has “never taken the dynamics [as] low as I have done on this record. I had to have faith in writing and understatement – the things I hold as my strengths. I’m as proud of it as anything I’ve done.” Gray’s commercial expectations, however, are low: “This record is going to disappear off the face of the earth, bar some freak occurrence.” Foundling is described as “the closing chapter for Draw the Line, and…needs to be presented in a different way.”