Hear the first track from Mark Eitzel's "Don't Be A Stranger" now!

Hear the first track from Mark Eitzel's

Mark Eitzel will release his new solo album Don't Be A Stranger on October 2.

Stream the first track "I Love You But You're Dead" now at the Merge Soundcloud page and pre-order the album on CD or LP now in the Merge store.

Mark Eitzel - "I Love You But You're Dead" from Don't Be A Stranger

After a string of bad luck and the implosion of his band American Music Club, Mark Eitzel fortuitously found himself in the studio with celebrated producer Sheldon Gomberg (Rickie Lee Jones, Ron Sexsmith, Ben Harper), thanks to the generosity of an old friend. Gomberg put together a band that included Attractions drummer Pete Thomas and American Music Club guitarist Vudi on a few songs, as well as a full string section and many Los Angeles musical luminaries. The organic collaboration between Mark and Sheldon resulted in a generous and beautiful record, about which Mark says, “I wanted to make an album more reminiscent of records like Harvest by Neil Young or Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake than anything I’ve previously done.” The result is Eitzel’s finest solo album in over a decade.

Mark plans to tour the US in late 2012 and Europe in early 2013 with his band Mark Eitzel’s Warm Gentle Rain, whose stateside members include Kristin Sobditch (Little Fuzzy), Marc Capelle (American Music Club), Jon Langmead (Loquat), and Pete Straus (Dwarves). His live set consists of a mixture of songs from his rich catalog, including selections from American Music Club as well as newer material. Mark’s touring band will consist of piano, bass, and drums in the classic lounge style, but he also plans to “bring the chaos” in the form of his electric guitar. Renowned for his self-deprecating sense of humor, Mark’s live shows are always unique and unpredictable in the best possible way.

Don't Be A Stranger is available for pre-order on CD and LP now in the Merge store. Also, "I Love You But You're Dead" is available for purchase at iTunes and the full album with a bonus track is available for pre-order as well.