Release Date: Feb 14, 2020
Record label: Yep Roc
Genre(s): Experimental, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Blues-Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Neo-Prog, Jam Bands
As a musician who has passionately advocated for American roots music since the Blasters released their first album in 1980, Dave Alvin is widely regarded as a traditionalist, which is not as accurate as it would seem at first glance. Alvin grew up on free jazz, psychedelia, and hard rock along with the blues, rockabilly, country, and jump jazz sounds that inform his best-known work, and his project The Third Mind is a step outside his usual boundaries that lets him explore ideas he hasn't approached in the past. Alvin was inspired by reading a book on Miles Davis that outlined his methods for composing and recording several of his major fusion albums of the '70s -- Miles would call out a key, set a tempo, and he and his band would improvise at length, and after the fact he and his producer would edit the long jams into a more practical shape.