Genre-dodger Bret Mosley follows up his critically-acclaimed debut Light & Blood with a soulful, funky, bluesy roots offering…something like Motown meets O Brother, Where Art Thou? X-ING showcases his power & intensity as an interpreter of song as well as the penchant for emotional and spiritual depth found in his own folk-meets-funk/roots Americana-meets-soul compositions.
In the age of mp3 single track downloads, X-ING was put together with particular attention given to album flow. Produced between tours 2011-2013 in Charleston, SC at Awendaw Green and Plowground Productions, the effort features four re-imagined covers and two originals. The record was mixed and mastered at Innsbruck Studios in NYC by Roman Klun (Sarah McLachlan, Joan Osborne, Spin Doctors).
The songs are stripped down to Mosley's "one-man power duo" instrumentation: dobro, stompboard and vocals. Known for his unlikely "uncovers” such as Bowie's "Modern Love" and Prince's "I Would Die 4 U", Mosley also weighs in with strong originals “Lawrence, KS” (recorded unplugged with one mic in one take) and “Hope” - a spirited, sanguine ode born of gratitude toward fans, friends and family. Released 25 July 2014.
This is Bret Mosley's critically-acclaimed debut album, released on Woodstock MusicWorks, and hailed as "a heart-felt masterpiece" by NeuFutur Magazine...thirteen tracks recorded over a two-day span in March 2007 by Pete Caigan (Bad Brains, Tony Levin) at Flymax Studio in Woodstock, NY, and mixed by Grammy-nominated engineer Roman Klun (Sarah McLachlan). Every track was performed live with no overdubs or punch-ins. The result is at once lean and lush...a smoldering confessional work...soulful Americana laced with a driving groove.
- avaiable at cosmosexschool.comBret's collaboration with Jerry Joseph and Steve Drizos includes two covers, two new Joseph originals, two Mosley originals and a co-write—the title track, which commemorates election night of Nov '08. The predominantly acoustic effort runs the gamut from the intense, raw “Charge” and “What You Feel”, to the quirky, playful “Isabella Bird”, to Joseph’s stark a cappella rendition of the traditional spiritual “On Time God”. Recorded over the course of three days at Old Soul Studio in Catskill, NY, with a live performance setup and first-take vocals - the project used vintage technology throughout. Tracked on analog tape, nothing digital was introduced until the final mix was burned to CD.