Ray LaMontagne just released his new single "Supernova." The track is from his upcoming album of the same name, out May 6th through RCA Records.
On the track, LaMontagne crams a lot of words at a fast pace over a laid back acoustic guitar. That style LaMontagne uses sounds a lot like Bob Segar, who used the same technique on his 1976 hit "Night Moves." In fact, LaMontagne's first line of the song sounds like it's taken right out of the Segar songbook. He sings, "So you and I, we've been hanging out now. Since we were kids, we've been kicking around this town." The chorus is simplistic. LaMontagne pleads, "I want you to be my girl," over a keyboard riff that sounds similar to the one The Grateful Dead used for "Touch of Grey." One could compare "Supernova" to the work of any American heartland rock musician, and that's not a bad thing. The song is upbeat, happy, and feels like a summer song. Since it was released in February, it might be the best thing to keep you warm.
LaMontagne also spoke with Rolling Stone about the new album. On the song writing process, he stated, "I've always written with this slave driver's critical mind lashing me, but this time I just let the songs happen."
Rolling Stone also talked to The Black Kyes' Dan Auerbach, who recorded the album with LaMontagne. Auerbach said,
"For me, it's hard to beat the kind of urgency that comes from that kind of recording... Of course, Ray is such a tremendous singer, but he also never sings it the same way twice. Capturing that moment was key."
Stream the song above. You can also buy the song on iTunes.