A Wasteland Companion

M. Ward

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MRG433 | Release Date April 10, 2012

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Consisting of 12 stunning tracks, A Wasteland Companion was made with 18 musicians and recorded in eight different studios in Portland, Omaha, New York City, Los Angeles, Austin and Bristol (UK). Ward’s honey-soaked vocals, deft finger-picking, innate sense of melody and beguiling lyrics have already cemented his reputation as one of America’s true musical treasures and A Wasteland Companion features some of the finest songwriting and most striking delivery of his career. With each and every recording Ward finds new ways to make the colors of his songwriting palate sparkle and his dexterous skills as producer, arranger, guitarist and singer seem to burst into even brighter bloom on each release. 

A Wasteland Companion features the talents of M. Ward (piano, guitars, voice, production), Mike Coykendall (percussion, bass), Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb (piano), John Parish (percussion, marimba), Bright Eyes’ Mike Mogis (organ), Susan Sanchez (vocals), She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel (vocals), Jordan Hudson (percussion), Adam Selzer (bass), Nathan “JR” Andersen (piano), Scott McPherson (percussion), Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley (percussion), Dr Dog’s Tobey Leaman (bass), Devotchka’s Tom Hagerman (strings), Oakely Hall’s Rachel Cox (vocals), Amanda Lawrence (violin), John Graboff (pedal steel) and Tyler Tornfelt (bass). The recording utilized eight engineers, including Tom Schick (Rufus Wainwright) and John Parish (PJ Harvey).

Track/Song Title Duration Price MP3 Track
Play Clean Slate 02:51 $0.99 Buy
Play Primitive Girl 03:10 $0.99 Buy
Play Me & My Shadow (feat. Zooey Deschanel) 02:36 $0.99 Buy
Play Sweetheart (feat. Zooey Deschanel) 03:31 $0.99 Buy
Play I Get Ideas 02:39 $0.99 Buy
Play The First Time I Ran Away 03:18 $0.99 Buy
Play A Wasteland Companion 02:55 $0.99 Buy
Play Watch the Show 03:41 $0.99 Buy
Play There's a Key 02:53 $0.99 Buy
Play Crawl After You 03:41 $0.99 Buy
Play Wild Goose 02:36 $0.99 Buy
Play Pure Joy 02:58 $0.99 Buy

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