Today, Richard Buckner premiered the new video for "When You Tell Me How It Is" from Surrounded via SPIN.com.
The video was directed by Robert Ribera, and offers lovely imagery of abandoned trains and other detritus around Buckner's Kingston, NY home. Small glimpses of Buckner performing connect the images to his words.
In the time since Our Blood was released and after a few long tours, Richard Buckner attempted to work on writing short stories but found himself drawn back into the music room. The evidence of his time in the writer’s chair is clear in the dense, lovely prose of Surrounded. The now-infamous process of recording and re-recording Our Blood left him a bit gun-shy, so this time Buckner decided to get each song out of his house as soon as it was finished to avoid the contamination of over-thinking and enlisted the help of famed producer Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Beth Orton). Richard Buckner's Surrounded will be in stores on September 3.
Watch & share the video from the first single off Surrounded — "When You Tell Me How It Is"
Pre-order Surrounded now on CD or LP in the Merge store. The first 200 preorders will include a signed poster, each containing a unique message from Richard Buckner.
"The emotional heft and stark beauty in Buckner’s streamlined singing, sorrowful melodies, and sparse instrumental work are such that he could sing gibberish and make it work." —Chicago Reader
"a gruff yet honeyed voice so enveloping that it feels more like a place you go than a sound you hear. " —Pitchfork
"Richard Buckner's voice -- a husky, quivering moan equal parts Dwight Yoakam, Nick Cave, and an agitated grizzly bear -- deserves the spotlight it's gotten on his dark country-folk albums." —Spin Magazine
Richard Buckner on tour:
Aug 17 Cleveland, OH — Happy Dog
Aug 18 Detroit, MI — Majestic Cafe
Aug 19 Chicago, IL — Schubas
Aug 20 Lexington, KY — Cosmic Charlie's
Aug 21 Columbus, OH — Cafe Bourbon Street
Sep 08 Richmond, VA — Capital Ale House *
Sep 09 Charlottesville, VA — The Southern *
Sep 11 Pittsburgh, PA — Thunderbird Cafe *
Sep 13 Wilmington, DE — World Cafe Live at The Queen *
Sep 14 Philadelphia, PA — World Cafe Live *
Sep 15 Brooklyn, NY — Littlefield *
Sep 17 New Haven, CT — Cafe 9 *
Sep 18 Pawtucket, RI — The Met *
Sep 19 Northampton, MA — Iron Horse *
Sep 20 Boston, MA — Museum of Fine Arts *
* = w/ Califone