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MP3 Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra - Mr. Softy

“Charming and bewildered … sepia-toned music that evokes 1930s blues and jazz and goes all over the musical map…” (The Villager)

19 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Americana, FOLK: Folk Blues

After great success in New York’s downtown club scene and two well-received live albums, Ethan Lipton has taken his Orchestra into the studio to record MR. SOFTY, a groovy and ticklish collection that invites the listener to open a bottle of Rioja and bask in the confounding joy of Lipton’s mixed-message sincerity. Finally, classic Lipton songs like the delightfully epic “Girl From the Renaissance Faire,” the touching “Flora and the Fauna,” and the all-too-relatable “Place to Go” are presented with the intimate clarity they deserve. And new favorites like the samba-tinged “Bossy Man,” the haunting “In My Car Again” and the disturbingly catchy “Hit It” make ear-candy out of Lipton’s unique blend of candor and irony.

Lipton’s previous CDs, on indie label Home Office Records, have earned him a loyal following and high praise from hip kids (Fluxblog, Hit Refresh, The Deli) and grownups alike (NPR’s Weekend Edition called him twisted, dark, sophisticated, schleppy and sad all at once”).

MR. SOFTY comes courtesy of Lipton’s own Muckraker Records and spotlights the eclectic talents of his “Orchestra”: Eben Levy on guitar (Chucklehead), Ian M. Riggs on bass (One Ring Zero, Howard Fishman) and sax man Vito Dieterle (Joel Forrester).

Produced by Huck Bennert, with arrangements by Levy, Riggs, Dieterle and Lipton, MR. SOFTY lives where jazz, blues, country, rock and folk intersect and bears the imprint of the songwriter’s inimitable influences, from John Prine to Donna Summer, from Leonard Cohen to Ben Webster, from Tom Waits to George and Ira Gershwin to The Ramones.

Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra have played all over New York (Joe’s Pub, Tonic, Rockwood, Barbes, Southpaw, The Living Room), Los Angeles, (Tangier, Silverlake Lounge, The Derby) and the Northeast (MassMoCA, AS220, Pop!tech). The band recently contributed a song to the SANDINISTA PROJECT, a Clash tribute album now out on 00:02:59 Records. For more information, visit: https://www.tradebit.com and https://www.tradebit.com

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