It's no secret, we're kind of obsessed with Richmond Fontaine. Whether it's fawning over Willy Vlautin's three novels, or quietly hiding in a tree outside his bedroom window (Who is that other silhouette? I'LL STAB THEM!), we're
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That said, we're pleased to announce that a new RF album, The High Country, will be out in September. Billed as a "song-novel concept album," The High Country plays to Vlautin's strength as a writer above all us, and his compositions work masterfully next to the band's restrained instrumentation. The album has spoken interludes throughout (it's about 80% album, 20% book on tape) and includes the Damnations' Deborah Kelly as a character named "The Girl."
Set in a rural logging community in Oregon, The High Country is a gothic love story between a mechanic and an auto parts store counter girl, whose secret love inspires an effort to escape the darkness of the world that surrounds them. It's a world of drugs, violence, madness, loneliness and desperation set against a backdrop of endless roads and the remains of a forest brutalized by logging. In this story of light versus dark, Vlautin has woven a tale where screw-ups and freaks terrorize the lives of innocents.
What, no horses? There has to be horses somewhere in there. Or Reno. Or a horse named Reno that has a gambling problem. "Reno, you always split on eights. No oats for you! Bad horse!"
You can watch a little teaser video above which features music from the track "The Mechanic's Life."