The New Basement Tapes
As a true music addict, I’m typically not too distracted by details like genre or era of origin. I can like rock or pop, old or new – just so long as it’s good. But maybe I do get a teensy little bit more excited when a song (or project/album) manages to mesh elements together, bridging time and style, for a result that seems greater than the sum of its parts. Which is sorta how I feel about Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes.
An assembly of current and well-respected artists – Elvis Costello, Jim James, Marcus Mumford, etc – came together to tackle some ‘lost’ or ‘throwaway’ lyrics of living legend Bob Dylan (the writings dating back to 1967ish when Dylan was recording the original The Basement Tapes with members of The Band). The collective of performers independently wrote musical accompaniment for Dylan’s poetic phrases, before coming together to collaborate and record their contributions in a way of creative exploration and mutual respect. As a result, the New Basement Tapes marries the musical talents of various voices and generations for an interesting listening experience.