Iowa’s greatest musical treasure*, William Elliott Whitmore is less than a month away from unleashing his fifth full-length offering, Field Song.About a month ago, Whitmore’s label Anti- threw the lead single, “Everything Gets Gone,” up on the totally awesome Soundcloud.com. It’s, as you may expect, a heartfelt eulogy to, well, everything. It’s almost a love letter to mortality and the tenacity of the human spirit to resist and maintain as long as possible. But, like most of Whitmore’s best bummer ballads, there’s a deep sense of spirituality and hope in every note and his cracking vibrato.
“Everything Gets Gone” posted by Anti- Records
Just over a week ago, Anti- offered up another cut from Field Song: the title track. “Field Song” is an ode to manual labor, specifically the results of the work you put into the things you love. It’s also about the death of hard work and the pride that you gain after you’ve done it. “Field Song” is a paean to the “old west,” before factory farms.
“Field Song” posted by Anti- Records
And if this all wasn’t enough, Anti- also put together this slick promotional video of Will down on his farm. Not only do you hear a brief distillation of Whitmore’s take on his new record, you also get to hear a snippet of a third song which will, almost certainly, rear its head on Field Song. Roll the clip:
You can stake your claim to a CD or vinyl pre-order through Anti- now. And you know Whitmore’s hitting the road to support this shiny new disc. July may as well be the month of Whitmore in the Midwest and Northeast, so if you’re lucky enough to be near any of these stops, get out and see his almost live show, it can be (with the right amount of whiskey) a religious experience:
7.2: Rock Island, IL – RIBCO w/The Meat Puppets
7.12: Iowa City, IA – The Record Collector
7.14: Chicago, IL – Logan Hardware
7.15: Kalamazoo, MI – The Strutt
7.16: Hamtramck, MI – Small’s
7.17: Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
7.19: New York City, NY – The Mercury Lounge
7.20: New Haven, CT – BAR
7.22: Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
7.23: Allston, MA – Great Scott
7.24: Washington D.C. – Red Palace
7.26: Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe Live
7.27: Newport, KY – The Southgate House
7.28: St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
7.29: Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
7.30: Hutchinson, MN – RiverSong Folk Music Festival
*I am willing to concede this to reasonable options who aren’t Slipknot (I know the percussion was ridiculously good, but much of the music isn’t).