News and Notes: Crooked Fingers to release fifth LP

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Crooked Fingers will be releasing their fifth LP, titled Forfeit/Fortune October 7 on Red Pig/Constant Artists, Inc, according to the band’s Web site.

Produced by Mark Nevers (Andrew Bird, Lambchop, Silver Jews), Alex McManus (The Bruces, Bright Eyes) and Eric Bachmann in Nashville, Denver and Tucson last spring, Forfeit/Fortune is the band’s first release since 2005’s Dignity & Shame (Merge).

From the band’s MySpace page, where one of the album’s tracks has been posted:

Forfeit/Fortune features the fullest and most eclectic orchestration on a Crooked Fingers release to date, kicking off with the horn-heavy ‘What Never Comes,’ and the drum machine-based ‘Luisa’s Bones.’ Whereas Dignity & Shame was recorded entirely live, Forfeit / Fortune was a more piecemeal affair, with CF enlisting an all-star cast of players to perform on the record, with the cast depending on the city they were in. Brian Kotzur (Silver Jews) lent his to the project in Nashville, while Tom Hagerman (Devotchka) laid down string parts in Denver. Frequent Crooked Fingers touring mate Neko Case sang the brilliant album-closing duet ‘Your Control’ with Bachmann at the Upstairs Studio/Wavelab Studios in Tucson. Bachmann, a noted composer in his own right, wrote and arranged the string and horn parts on the record, in addition to functioning as the album’s ‘creative director’ of sorts.”

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