Okay, so maybe my timing on Wino Wednesday was a little off, or I might have gotten this press release in time to make it coincide with that, but what the hell. I’m pretty sure no one’s going to moan about it when the news is that Wino has a new record coming out. It’s a two-man collaboration with German singer-songwriter Conny Ochs, with whom Wino toured in Europe for his acoustic album, Adrift.
One can only hope that, like that album, Exile on Mainstream decides to do a wood-box edition of Heavy Kingdom. No details yes or no on that yet, but here’s what the PR wire has to say:
The folks at Germany’s avant-rock source Exile on Mainstream Records are thrilled to report that the final master for Heavy Kingdom, the anticipated collaborative album by Wino and Conny Ochs has arrived at label headquarters, and the final details on the album’s release are being finalized.
The legacy of Scott “Wino” Weinrich in the world of heavy music is indisputable and ever evolving, and here he teams up with Conny Ochs, a songwriter so pure and honest in his output that he seems to be the perfect partner for the straightforward Weinrich. The two met for the first time in 2010 when Conny was supporting Wino on his acoustic solo tour promoting his acclaimed solo album, Adrift. Through music they discovered a very similar approach to life and art, and a shared wisdom in creating music. It really seemed like two souls becoming one after they got to know each other. Together the two wrote, performed and recorded an incredible set of soulful tunes that speak for themselves, as well as a Townes Van Zandt cover. The artwork contains drawings by both Weinrich and Ochs, and follows the dedicated and deeply personal approach of the whole album.
Heavy Kingdom Track Listing:
1. Somewhere Nowhere
2. Heavy Kingdom
4. Vultures by the Vines
5. Dark Ravine
6. Traces of Blood
7. Heavy Kingdom Jam
8. Highway Kind
9. Dead Yesterday
10. Here Comes the Siren
11. Labour Of Love
Heavy Kingdom will be released throughout Europe on Jan. 27, 2012 and in North America sometime in March, a final release date to be confirmed in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned for tracks from the record to be released in the near future, as well as the details on a month-long European tour being finalized for March and April.
Tags: Conny Ochs, Exile on Mainstream, Wino