The songwriters of songwriters. As such has Cass McCombs become known, as well as for his well-crafted folk-rock songs. However, his explorations of both genres and the spheres of personal and political songwriting have touched a considerable audience beyond the typical singer/songwriter aficionados. Cass McCombs has continually grown his fan base over the course of eight albums, and on 16 February Frost Festival are proud to present Cass McCombs and his band live in Copenhagen. It is his first visit in four years, and this time we will welcome him beneath the star-studded firmament of Koncertkirken.
For more than a decade Cass McCombs has established himself as one of our premier songwriters, breathtaking audiences with his soft, yet unshakeable voice and gentle, yet surprising play with the folk-rock genre, including elements from blues and soft rock to calypso and psychedelia into his lush songs. His work culminates with this year’s release of his politically charged eight album, Mangy Love.
Dealing with reality through fictional stories, McCombs’ lyrics shift from deadpan surrealism to ironically pinching down society. Following the golden path of American folk music’s big poets, Cass McCombs’ songs portray contemporary (American) society by telling tales of its inhabitants – the abused women (“Run Sister Run”), the bystanders to everyday injustice (“Bum Bum Bum”).
Parallels are easily drawn to artists as Sun Kil Moon and Bill Callahan, but Cass McCombs inhabits a remarkably different musical approach, often favouring songs’ grooves over hooks, riding waves of blissfully floating psychedelia. With Mangy Love Cass McCombs comes across as a songwriter for today – sonically floating like a butterfly with lyrics stinging like a bee.