Stewart Lindsey (comprised of music legend Dave Stewart and up and coming singer Thomas Lindsey) have recently released their debut album Spitballin.’ The duo teamed up after Lindsey sent Stewart his music via twitter, never dreaming his idol would actually respond. Stewart (who was cowriter, producer, and one half of the band Eurythmics with Annie Lennox and has worked with fellow legends including Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, Daryl Hall, Gwen Stefani, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Aretha Franklin and many more) was blown away by Lindsey’s powerful and unique voice. Stewart messaged Lindsey back, giving the young singer a chance to help launch his music career. Soon after, the two collaborated forming Stewart Lindsey and the result is debut album Spitballin.’
The album came together as a long distance project and it seemed to bring them closer as they built a catalog of songs. Their common ground proved as lush as Delta marshland. Backed by STEWART’s distorted voodoo guitar licks, LINDSEY opens “Leave This Town” in free tempo and then a swampy groove kicks in--just guitar and drums, raw and wild. The first single (and video,) “Another Lie” features a haunting voice and melody and “Two People” unfolds over a stomping beat that leads to a long vamp over where Lindsey improvises with hair-raising intensity and finesse. Churchy echoes permeate in “When Dogs Run,” with a mournful organ providing the backdrop to STEWART’s Pop Staples-style guitar tremolo. “Alcohol” boils down to organ and LINDSEY’s voice recounting a riveting elegy for someone who was “lost to alcohol.”
Regardless of the inspiration, these songs and the others that comprise SPITBALLIN’ are at the very least unlike anything you’ve heard in recent years. Some of it stems from the different histories of these two artists. But even more might be attributed to where their temperaments intersect and ignite each others imaginations.
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