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Tom Brousseau: The Gentle Traveling Troubador's Perfect Abandon

Carey Braswell / courtesy of the artist
 

Carey Braswell / courtesy of the artist

Musical storyteller, Tom Brosseau, understands less is more. Since the early 2000s Brosseau has been releasing thoughtful, intimate records with minimal instrumentation.

His latest, Perfect Abandon, is out today on Davis-based label Crossbill Records. The new album adds a few touches to the approach Brosseau took on last year’s Grass Punks. Each song guides the ear to the stories sung in Brosseau's crisp tenor. Longtime PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish recorded and produced Perfect Abandon. He also plays the organ.

Stand out tracks include the gentle, steady beat of “Roll Along With Me,” the lament of infatuation left unaddressed on “Landlord Jackie” and the guitar line in “My Sweet Friend” plays out like the yin to the yang of Elliot Smith’s “Needle in the Hay.”

Tom Brosseau plays a Davis house show on March 12.

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