Thu, Aug. 5th, 2010
“quite sensational ...marks the finest music he has made”—Boston Globe
So Runs The World Away (Pytheas Recordings), the new album from renowned singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, debuts at #41 on the Billboard 200. This marks the highest chart position for Ritter, who sold 14,420 albums in his first week. The album has also received widespread critical acclaim—of the new album, Bob Boilen of NPR Music declares, “I’ve come to expect good records from him...but this one took my breath away,” while Paste Magazine describes it as “…a soulful combination of conversational folk ballads and powerful gut punches.” Additionally, “Change of Time” was featured in a recent episode of NBC’s “Parenthood.”
Recorded over 15 months at the Great North Sound Society in Maine, with additional recording at Brooklyn’s Saltlands Studio, So Runs The World Away continues Ritter’s longtime collaboration with producer and keyboard player Sam Kassirer. Additionally, the album features the return of Ritter’s core line-up of touring bandmates: Zack Hickman, Austin Nevins and Liam Hurley.
Of the record, Ritter says, “I think of the songs on So Runs the World Away like pictures painted in oil on large canvasses. It’s a record preoccupied with the extremes of scale, from infinitesimal particles to the nearly incomprehensible distances between the head of a pin and a nebula. Where the songs felt large to me, I wanted them to be huge, both musically and lyrically. I wanted them to feel like the steel hulls of massive ships sliding by deeply from below. Where they were small, I concentrated in on the smallest details that I could and we tried to make the music and the words work together. I love writing, and this was the most fulfilling record I’ve yet written.”
Ritter is currently in the midst of a national full-band tour in support of the record, including two dates at New York’s Town Hall on May 19 and 20. Please see reverse for full tour details. Furthermore a limited-edition vinyl format of the album is now available at indie retailers nationwide.
In addition to writing the songs on this album, Ritter has been working on a novel set in rural West Virginia in the aftermath of the First World War. Tentative publication date is summer 2011 on Dial Press/Random House.
PRAISE FOR JOSH RITTER:
“…he sets out to carry a world of ideas on a few basic chords….there is no limit to the depth and ambition of his songs.”—The New York Times
“How refreshing and inspiring it is to encounter a young artist whose achievements match his ambitions.”—The Washington Post
“…this is the most exuberant outburst of imagery since Bob Dylan’s A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.”—Stephen King naming The Animal Years his #1 album of 2006 in Entertainment Weekly
“The 10 Most Exciting Artists Now”—Entertainment Weekly
“100 Best Living Songwriters”—Paste Magazine