Camper Van Beethoven co-founder and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Segel will release a full-length solo effort, All Attractions, on March 6. Most of the album’s songs were written in the Swedish countryside where Segal and his wife—who is Swedish—vacation every summer.
According to Segal’s camp, “Although one would expect a pastoral tone, the music ends up as some rocking electric guitar-based tunes, evoking the big ’70s rock bands of the past, along with some more contemporary features thrown in.”
The album features a number of guests, including Camper Van Beethoven’s Victor Krummenacher on bass and guitar, King Missile/Moth Wranglers’ Chris Xefos on bass, John Hanes on drums and Built To Spill’s Brett Netson on guitar. A number of musicians also supply backing vocals, including Counting Crows’ David Immergluck, Baby Flamehead’s Eden Daniels and Espers’ Helena Espvall (who also contributed some cello).
At the end of the recording process, Segel used Kickstarter to fund the mixing, mastering and manufacturing of the CDs. As part of this project Segel will not only release the full-length All Attractions studio album, but also the seven-track bonus instrumental EP Apricot Jam, an organic collection of improvised jamming alongside Hanes (drums), Krummenacher and Graham Connah (Hammond organ). The title is an obvious nod to George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass album.
Segel will perform material from All Attractions as part of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker’s Camp-In Music Festival at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA on March 1-3 2012.