New Giant Sand Record, Touring w/ Neko Case

Giant Sand
Giant Sand

Now following a nearly four year hiatus, Howe Gelb’s Giant Sand project returns with the release of proVISIONS on September 2, 2008. Produced by Howe and Kent Olsen (Arizona Amp and Alternator, Marie Frank), the album’s 13 tracks were recorded during a summer in Denmark, and features the Danish musicians Thoger T. Lund (bass), Peter Dombernowsky (drums), and Anders Pedersen (slide guitar). As with past incarnations of the band, the current lineup utilizes a more natural form of playing, relying heavily on improvisation and “on the fly” problem solving, as well as exploring the latent melodic variations within the songs themselves.

Also lending themselves to the casual mix are a host of talented friends/collaborators–such as Neko Case, M. Ward, Isobel Campbell, Henriette Sennenvaldt, Lucie Idlout and Lonna Kelley–all of whom ease warmly into the passenger seat to ride shotgun for a while on an album thick with musings scattered by the desert winds and soaked with eroding guitars or dusty piano. []

(Note: For a long time Giant Sand‘s rhythm section consisted of John Convertino and Joey Burns who eventually left the band to work full time on their side project, Calexico.)

Giant Sand tour dates and proVISIONS track list after the jump.

2008 Giant Sand Tour Dates
09/15/08 Sokol Underground Omaha Nebraska
09/18/08 First Avenue Minneapolis Minnesota
09/19/08 Orpheum Theatre Madison Wisconsin
09/20/08 Hideout Block Party Chicago Illinois
09/21/08 Blender Theater at Gramercy New York New York *
09/23/08 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland Ohio
09/24/08 The Pageant St. Louis Missouri
09/25/08 The Lyric Theatre Oxford Mississippi
09/26/08 Diamond Ballroom Oklahoma Oklahoma
09/27/08 Granada Theater Dallas Texas

* w/ Chad VanGaalen
All other dates with Neko Case.

Giant Sand - proVISIONS

proVISIONS Tracklisting
01 Stranded Pearl
02 Without a Word
03 Can Do
04 Out There
05 The Desperate Kingdom of Love
06 Increment of Love
07 Spiral
08 Pitch & Sway
09 Muck Machine
10 Belly Full Of Fire
11 Saturated Beyond Repair
12 World’s End State Park
13 Well Enough Alone