New Full-Length Album Due Out on Epic Records April 26
First Single Lands at Radio February 1
New York, NY – With the finishing touches in place, Epic Records recording artist Ben Folds will release the highly anticipated SONGS FOR SILVERMAN on April 26. The self-produced follow-up to his solo debut Rockin' the Suburbs finds Folds working with a band for the first time since making his mark as the leader of the trio Ben Folds Five.
After completing Rockin' the Suburbs and an unprecedented series of EP's – Speed Graphic, Sunny 16 and Super D – Folds returned to the studio in early 2004 to record his next solo project. With this new album complete, Folds' boundless creativity summoned him back to the studio to enhance it – this time with bassist Jared Reynolds and drummer Lindsay Jamieson. In the fall of 2004, during a six week recording session in Nashville, at the same RCA Studio once used by Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins, the trio re-recorded the songs from Folds' unreleased solo album along with two new songs, completing the 11-song collection on SONGS FOR SILVERMAN.
The first single, "Landed," is classic Ben Folds. "It's about a close friend of mine who's recovering from being under the influence of a crazy girlfriend," says Folds. "I had this mental image of him flying back to reality, landing at the airport and needing a ride back to the life he left behind." "Landed" shines with tasteful and dynamic instrumentation coupled with evocative, well chosen lyrics. "If you wrote me off, I'd understand/'Cause I've been on some other planet/So come pick me up, I've landed."
On the moving track "Late," Folds pays tribute to singer-songwriter Elliot Smith. Having toured with Smith, Folds wanted to write a song to convey his sadness for the loss and his happiness for having known him. "I wanted to write about the Elliott Smith that I saw on tour, who seemed shy and fragile one minute then playing super aggressive basketball the next, whose music got me through some hard times," Folds says.
"Sentimental Guy" and "Gracie"—a song about Folds' daughter—are the only songs from the original solo recording to go untouched. Although Folds planned to re-record the entire album, Reynolds and Jamieson convinced him to leave those two unchanged. "I really trust their opinions because they're not afraid to say, 'you can do better.' They didn't want to change a note so we left them alone."
The other gems on SONGS FOR SILVERMAN imbue the passion the trio shared in the studio. "We recorded this album really fast because I wasn't worried about making changes to the songs; I'd already done that the first time through," explains Folds. "All we were concerned with was getting the right performance—doing a take, listening to the playback and getting chills when you know you nailed the spirit of the song."
Track listing is as follows:
2. You To Thanks
7. Give Judy My Notice
9. Sentimental Guy
11. Prison Food