[Cover photo credit to Tom Smouse]
Following on their 2020 debut album, Can’t Go Back, Minneapolis/Eau Claire-based Americana trio, Turn Turn Turn, drew inspiration from the recent pandemic and political zeitgeist to write more than two dozen songs in 2021. Half of the material made its way onto the band’s new sophomore album, New Rays From an Old Sun, which will arrive on January 27th, 2023.
Barb Brynstad (bass and vocals), Savannah Smith (guitar and vocals), and Adam Levy (guitars and vocals) tracked most of the new record at Levy’s apartment in St. Paul’s Schmidt Artists Lofts. The band also enlisted its core members, drummer Josh Kaplan and keyboardist Peter J. Sands, to create a multilayered sound.
When we recorded our first album, we didn’t have a band yet, and made up the parts as we went. Since then, we’ve logged hundreds of hours honing our live performances with Josh and Peter.
As a band, we’ve spent a lot of time together making music and hanging out, talking about the world and relationships. There’s a little bit of all of us in these songs.
Turn Turn Turn embraces a “Laurel Canyon meets 70’s-Nashville-cosmic Soul vibe” that includes three-part harmonies and the songs on the album, according to the band, were “inspired by personal events, a desire for human connection, and the omnipresent news cycle streaming a world teetering between chaos and transformation”.