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Built to Spill announce Daniel Johnston cover album

Built to Spill announce Daniel Johnston cover album

Built to Spill released "Black Rainbow", the first single from their upcoming Daniel Johnston cover album.

Bilt to Spill Daniel Johnston

Built to Spill shared a new single titled 'Black Rainbow'. It is the first track from their forthcoming album Built to Spill Plays the Songs of Daniel Johnston. The album is out on May 1st via Ernest Jenning Record Co.

“Bloody Rainbow” opens the LP, with frontman Doug Martsch delivering sweet vocals over acoustic guitar. “Swirling hypnotic/Disrupts the girl,” he sings, “And the skull-headed spider/The milk was low cal.”

Built to Spill Plays the Songs of Daniel Johnston includes Martsch, bassist Jason Albertini and drummer Steve Gere. The songs come from the band's rehearsals during Daniel Johnston's final tour in 2017 when they served as the late songwriter’s backing band.

“It was pretty special for us,” Martsch tells Rolling Stone. “Basically we wanted to get good documentation of what our rehearsals were like. It was a lot heavier than what I thought it would be.” The album was already in the production las September when Daniel Johnson died at the age of 58.

The album will be pressed on yellow vinyl and accompanied by a 32-page songbook. Similar to this, Wilco released Chicago 2017, a vinyl-only album consisting of songs Tweedy cut while serving as Johnston’s backing band in Chicago in 2017.

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