Editor's note: This page was originally published on January 21 with the audio stream, and updated on February 25 with the lyric video.
Folk rocker Ray LaMontagne has shared a visually stimulating lyric video for the first single from his upcoming album, Ouroboros. Watch "Part One - Hey, No Pressure" above, via YouTube.
The singer-songwriter shifts towards a Black Keys sound for "Part One - Hey, No Pressure," shedding the acoustic guitar strumming and replacing it with infectious distorted guitar riffs and swirling sound effects in the background. LaMontagne's 2014 album, Supernova, was produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. Ouroboros was produced by My Morning Jacket's Jim James and recorded at his La La Land studio in Louisville, Ky.
LaMontagne's voice sounds as gritty as ever, and is aided with female vocal support. It's an interesting sound, one that's different from his recognizable acoustic guitar style, and certainly works for this tune. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, LaMontagne shared:
It was about creating a record that I’d want to listen to if I were in the record store discovering albums. I don’t write singles. I don’t write pop songs. I never have. I’m not that kind of songwriter, and I don’t aspire to be. I let whatever creative force just tell me what to do...
I’m always excited by music... Whether it’s new stuff or old stuff that I’m just discovering. Just last night I was listening to Velvet Underground’s Loaded and found myself thinking, ‘This makes me want to live forever, so I can always make music.’ It’s such a powerful art form. I’m constantly falling in love, over and over again.
Ouroboros is set for a March 4, 2016 release via RCA Records. Pick it up on Amazon.
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