Breaks in the Armor

Crooked Fingers

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MRG428 | Release Date October 11, 2011

Eric Bachmann, who writes, records, and performs songs mainly under the name Crooked Fingers, lives in Athens, Georgia, these days, where he recorded at The Bakery with Matt Yelton (live sound engineer for the Pixies) throughout the winter of 2010/2011, enlisting the help of Liz Durrett on backing vocals. It’s a cohesive and diverse set of songs with less adorned and more direct and affecting arrangements. Beautifully understated, artfully phrased, and ultimately a paean to perseverance, the album seems to suggest that the breaks in the armor are more important than the armor itself.

There’s an undeniable sense of community Bachmann has regained in returning to writing and performing as Crooked Fingers, working with Archers of Loaf and Merge Records again, and moving back to the southeast. In 2011, Archers of Loaf reunited, toured the US, and played on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and with the August 2011 reissue of their debut album Icky Mettle, Merge began a series of expanded re-mastered reissues of the band’s four studio albums. Over the course of the coming year, Bachmann will alternate between touring as Crooked Fingers and with Archers of Loaf, making the most of two distinct and rewarding modes of expression and performance. All of which seems to be exactly where he should be again.

CD orders will come with a poster signed by Eric Bachmann while supplies last.

Track/Song Title Duration Price MP3 Track
Play Typhoon 04:46 $0.99 Buy
Play Bad Blood 03:22 $0.99 Buy
Play The Hatchet 02:28 $0.99 Buy
Play The Counterfeiter 04:02 $0.99 Buy
Play Heavy Hours 05:02 $0.99 Buy
Play Black Candles 02:49 $0.99 Buy
Play Went to the City 03:16 $0.99 Buy
Play Your Apocalypse 03:43 $0.99 Buy
Play War Horses 03:42 $0.99 Buy
Play She Tows the Line 04:37 $0.99 Buy
Play Our New Favorite 02:56 $0.99 Buy

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