Birmingham Alabama’s Dan Sartain has a new tale of western gothic noir for your listening pleasure. There’s drama aplenty in his sound that contains a tinge of Nick Cave in its moody salute to the cowboys of the silver screen and television. ‘The Return Of Ringo’ comes from Sartain’s album Western Hills (Out now with vinyl release July 28th), a collection of western covers that celebrates this ubiquitous cultural phenomenon.
There’s also a a music documentary he has released bearing the same name. Directed by Sarah Orr, the film has a Lynchian dystopian feel that matches the haunting music production.
In the past Sartain has partaken in more of a rough and ready garage rockabilly sound across his seven albums, working with John Reiss of Rocket From The Crypts and Hot Snakes, Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go’s, released music on Third Man Records and One Little Indian and recorded at Liam Watson’s Toe Rag Studios. Now he sounds moodier, more sonically mature. It’s another side of Sartain.