Ray LaMontagne – Ouroboros (2016) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Ray LaMontagne – Ouroboros (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 39:39 minutes | 843 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks |  Front Cover | © RCA Records
Recorded: February 2015, La La Land, Louisville, Kentucky

Grammy Award winner Ray LaMontagne is set to release his sixth studio album Ouroboros on March 4th via RCA Records. Ouroboros was produced by Ray and Jim James of My Morning Jacket. The album was written by LaMontagne and will feature first single, “Hey, No Pressure”. Click here to listen to “Hey, No Pressure.” Yesterday the single premiered on NPR’s All Songs Considered where they called the track an “inspired new song,” stamped the album “incredible,” and that Ray “has continued to push himself in different directions.”

After three albums with producer Ethan Johns and a self-produced effort, each offering a shift in sound, Ray LaMontagne brought in the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach for his sonically richer, more psychedelic-leaning fifth LP, Supernova. For his sixth full-length, Ouroboros, the singer/songwriter selected My Morning Jacket’s Jim James to co-produce, and moves deeper into the psychedelic haze. LaMontagne shuts down vocal comparisons to Van Morrison here, almost completely abandoning his soulful growl with the exception of parts of “While It Still Beats,” a mass of churning guitars that escalates into a choral affair at times recalling the Beatles’ “The End.” Instead, on the vast majority of the album, he vocalizes with a gentle tone just above a sigh. Musically, Ouroboros dives into the British psychedelia of Cream and Pink Floyd and never resurfaces. “Hey, No Pressure,” features a big, fuzzy blues-guitar riff, vintage keyboards and synths, and old-school solo jams, all under LaMontagne’s insistent whisper. In contrast but still of the era, tracks like “In My Own Way” and the opener, “Homecoming,” take on a mellow, trippy atmosphere with an impressionistic wash of vintage keys, vibraphone, acoustic guitar, and a light rhythm section among their design. “Homecoming” is an eight-and-a-half-minute scene-setter in which the singer gently susurrates descriptive imagery involving a hillside, feathers, a sunset, and “the birdsong, tugging on my slumber.” Elsewhere, “A Murmuration of Starlings” is an instrumental carried by a soulful guitar solo that’s delivered with the surrounding tracks’ hushed contemplation. The instrumental is one of just eight tracks on the album, but tallying is pointless since two pairs of songs play continuously as one, and the cover art organizes the record into two parts. Replete with consummate musicianship, Ouroboros is a deliberate work of album rock, something the songwriter concedes in a punchline-like lyric near the end of the closer: “Never gonna hear this song on the radio.” –AllMusic Review by Marcy Donelson

1 Homecoming 8:30
2 Hey, No Pressure 6:34
3 The Changing Man 4:13
4 While It Still Beats 4:10
5 In My Own Way 6:36
6 Another Day 3:06
7 A Murmuration Of Starlings 2:33
8 Wouldn’t It Make A Lovely Photograph 4:00

Ray LaMontagne – vocals (1–6, 8), electric guitar (2, 3, 4, 5, 7), acoustic guitar (1, 2, 5, 6, 8)
Dan Dorff – CP70 (1, 3–8), RMI (1, 3, 4, 5, 7), piano (1, 3, 4), vibes (1, 7), Mellotron (3, 4), Trident synthesizer (3, 7), Multivox piano (2), Juno (2), pump organ (5), pocket piano (7)
Dave Givan – drums, percussion (1–5, 7, 8)
Jim James – electric guitar (2, 3, 4, 5, 7), background vocals (2, 3, 4, 5), saxophone (2), Juno (2), Trident synthesizer (7)
Seth Kaufman – bass (1–5, 7, 8), meditation box (1, 5, 6, 7), electric guitar textures (1, 2), slide guitar (2)
Alexis Marsh – background vocals (3, 4)
Kevin Ratterman – Moog bass (5, 7), piano strings (1), pocket piano (2), Moog F/X (6)