Webb breaks new ground sonically with his combination of nylon-string acoustic guitar, Sacred Harp recordings, and hyper-personal lyrics framed in a fictional narrative of his own writing
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Derek Webb will officially release, Ctrl, the highly anticipated follow up to 2009’s Stockholm Syndrome, on September 4, 2012 via Fair Trade Services. However, the always fan community-minded Webb has already made the album available in its entirety on his website, derekwebb.com.
“Ctrl is based on a story I wrote with two of my closest friends, Josh Moore (Co-producer of Ctrl, along with Webb’s Stockholm Syndrome, and Feedback albums) and Allan Heinberg (Writer/Executive Producer of Grey’s Anatomy, 2006-2010),” says Webb. “It’s an album about one man’s desire for something he cannot have because it isn’t real, the journey he goes on pursuing it, and the costs of that journey. But essentially, Ctrl is both personal autopsy and cultural observation about how we use technology to try and control our lives, and my concern that it could ultimately have more control of us.”
Characterized by nylon-string guitar, drum machines and Sacred Harp recordings, Ctrl combines these unique musical elements to color a sonic landscape and support a lyrical palette that Webb painstakingly crafted along with collaborators Moore and Heinberg. Sacred Harp singing is a tradition of sacred choral music that took root in the Southern region of the United States and is part of the larger tradition of shape note singing. Webb interweaves recordings of the four-part harmony, historic, American art form into his compositions on the 10-track album.
Although it’s only been available for a week, Ctrl already has everyone talking, returning rave reviews from fans, blogs & publications alike, exemplified by these excerpts from RELEVANT magazine’s glowing review:
“A startling…musical conversation that spans three centuries.”
“The clash of sounds–the very old with the very new–hit me in the gut.”
“This album is meant to be probed, explored, wrestled with.”
Ctrl Track Listing:
- And See The Flaming Skies
- A City With No Name
- Can’t Sleep
- Pressing On The Bruise
- Attonitos Gloria
- I Feel Everything
- A Real Ghost
- Around Every Corner
About Derek Webb
Once called “the most dangerous man in the music business”, Derek Webb’s career, spanning more than 20 years including his tenure in Texas-based folk/rock band Caedmon’s Call, has seen album sales over one million records, 10 Dove Award nominations, a Billboard Music Video Award nod and six No. 1 radio hits. Webb’s innovative music marketing and distribution strategies (including the founding of NoiseTrade.com) have received national news coverage in USA Today, the LA Times and more.
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