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To The Races

by Eric Bachmann

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Stepping out from under the cover of a band name, To The Races marks Bachmann's proper eponymous debut, and the music echoes the change to a more direct, Spartan approach. Self-recorded in a hotel in the Outer Banks town of Buxton, NC, these songs reveal an expert songwriter further honing his craft after more than a dozen releases.

Bachmann's warm vocals and deceptively simple arrangements keep the song's quiet elegance ardent and complete, only occasionally augmented by Miranda Brown's angelic harmonies or Tom Hagerman's (Devotchka) haunting violin. From the gently urgent opening notes of "Man O' War" to the quiet guitar strum and soothing piano line of "Little Bird," To The Races tells familiar but rarely as well- articulated stories of self-imposed or unintentional isolation and the common search for-or escape from-some kind of sanctuary.

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released August 22, 2006

2006 Saddle Creek

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Eric Bachmann North Carolina

Twenty-five years after Archers of Loaf broke onto Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s vital indie scene, frontman Eric Bachmann is recording the rawest, most honest work of his career under his own name. The March 25 release of Eric Bachmann marks the end of Bachmann’s post-Archers solo project Crooked Fingers, and the beginning of a candid new sound. ... more

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