DINE ALONE RECORDS is excited to announce the addition of the band SPAIN to their roster. The critically acclaimed Los Angeles based band will release Sargent Place, their highly anticipated 5th studio album, on November 7. Dine Alone’s Joel Carriere had nothing short of amazing words regarding finally working with SPAIN: “Seven years ago, I was introduced to Spain via Mark Lanegan’s Soulsaver project by way of a cover song called “Spiritual”. From that first listen, I dove headfirst into the music of Spain. Here I am seven years later signing one of my favourite bands to our roster. I couldn’t be more excited and grateful to be working with such an amazing band and an amazing songwriter.”
For nearly 20 years the music of Josh Haden and SPAIN has provided a soundtrack for the dreams and waking life of fans the world over, with a signature style that often stirs something deep in the soul of the listener. “Sargent Place” builds on that decades long legacy and pushes it into inspiring new directions. “The name of the band comes from a dream,” says Haden. “…and to me everyday life is very dream-like…dreams are part of what inspires me and what has inspired the content of the songs, and will continue to…”
In some respects, “Sargent Place” acts as a truer return to form than 2012’s The Soul Of Spain, for while that album marked the band’s first recorded work in over a decade, the album featured material written by Haden in the 1990s in earlier incarnations of the band. With the exception of ‘It Could Be Heaven’, ‘Waking Song’ and the opener ‘Love at First Sight,’ all written previously by Haden, the songs for “Sargent Place” were written by the group in the run up to this album, with many songs only taking shape during the recording process.
Key to that process was the work of enigmatic producer Gus Seyffert (The Black Keys, Norah Jones, Sia, Beck). In addition to bringing the band into his personal studio, located in the section of Echo Park that graces the album’s title, Seyffert helped to shape many of the tracks on the album, some of which were radically rearranged in the process of recording. Given how much of the album’s songs revolve around beginnings and endings, it is fitting that this title (unique among the other’s in the band’s catalogue) ties the recording to a specific moment in time and a specific inspirational place in their home of Los Angeles.
Another clear inspiration on “Sargent Place” is the music and life of Haden’s father, jazz legend Charlie Haden. ‘To Be A Man’ and ‘You And I’ were songs written with the elder Haden in mind, with ‘You And I’ featuring Haden’s final studio recording. If not for Seyffert’s intervention, ‘You and I’ might have been a very different song. The band initially recorded a vastly different version, but Seyffert suggested that they search for a different way of arranging the song. An informal discussion between Seyffert and Josh Haden eventually led to a trip to his father’s home to record his bass parts. The result is one of the most moving expressions of love the band has ever recorded.
As Haden describes, “It’s important to me that this is my dad’s last recording and I think it says a lot to his life and his love for his kids and what he has taught everybody over the years…about how to treat each other and how to interact and view each other and view the world.” ‘You and I’ as well as another standout track from this album, ‘The Fighter’, which was featured in a recent episode of the hit MTV show Finding Carter (and showcases Haden’s sister Petra on backing vocals and violin), take their place amongst the other iconic songs from Spain’s past, ‘Ray Of Light’, ‘Our Love Is Gonna Live Forever’, ‘Born To Love Her’, and perhaps Haden’s most well known song ‘Spiritual’. “Sargent Place” marks SPAIN at a specific time, but it also makes clear that even as the band continues to evolve, the sound of Josh Haden and SPAIN remains as evocative and timeless as ever.