Cass McCombs is a transient storyteller interested in words, music and dreams. His ninth full-length album, Tip of the Sphere, is due February 8, 2019 on ANTI- Records.
Tip of the Sphere follows 2016’s Mangy Love. For that record, McCombs made his television debut on ELLEN and received his most critical acclaim yet. It was included highly in 'Album of the Year' lists from the likes of Uncut, Mojo, Pitchfork and at #7 in Q.
Tip of the Sphererecounts what has unfolded in the wake ofMangy Love’s pre-inaugural prophetic themes. Where Mangy Love saw McCombs use himself as a mirror to the misguided and confounding realities of 2016,Tip of the Sphere explores themes of identity, reincarnation, criminality, suicide and Armageddon. Throughout, McCombs floats through a suite of songs driven by a journeying mysticism and dark grace.
While most of McCombs albums have been pieced together in different studios over an extended period of time, Tip of the Sphere was recorded quickly and with a strong sense of purpose at Shahzad Ismaily’s Figure 8 Studios in Brooklyn. This new approach for McCombs brought his songs a raw immediacy and a special balance of compassion and experimentation with the intent of making a more consistent statement. The rock songs have more fervour, the ballads are more beautiful, the explorations more confident; the sounds of jazz and Latin music creep in through the back window.
"One of the great songwriters of his time” NY TIMES
“Arguably the greatest American singer-songwriter of this generation” VICE
“One of the most compelling singer-songwriters of the past decade" UNCUT
“Cass McCombs is one of our greatest modern day songwriters" GOD IS IN THE TV