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Son of the Velvet Rat Announces February Album Release

The upcoming release from Austrian duo, Son of the Velvet Rat, Dorado, rides through the dusty California desert with haunting folk noir melodies. The album was produced by Joe Henry (Billy Bragg, Emmylou Harris) and Grammy award winner, Ryan Freeland, at Stampede Original in Culver City, CA. It is due out on February 17 on Fluff & Gravy and Mint 400. The first single, “Blood Red Shoes” is available as an approved downloadable mp3.

Dorado boasts a long list of musicians that contributed to the final product. The credits include violinist Bob Furgo (Leonard Cohen), pianist Patrick Warren (Bob Dylan, Tom Waits), bassist David Piltch (Allen Tousaint, Willie Nelson), drummer Jay Bellerose (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss), and guitarist Adam Levy (Norah Jones). With a more intimate production than previous releases, Son of the Velvet Rat create empty space and room to breathe into unexplored territory.

On “Blood Red Shoes,” husband and wife duo Georg Altziebler and Heike Binder capture the sweltering heat and arid wind of the sandy landscape they now call home. Adding a layer of backing vocals from Victoria Williams, the track becomes an almost danceable counterpoint to the somber nature of the lyrics. Altziebler’s distinctively deep smoky voice carries the melody on its journey, as the falling sweat seems to evaporate before ever hitting the cracking dirt.

Dorado Track Listing

  1. Carry On
  2. Copper Hill
  3. Blood Red Shoes
  4. Love’s the Devil’s Foe
  5. Shadow Song
  6. Surfer Joe
  7. Starlite Motel
  8. Sweet Angela
  9. Tiger Honey
  10. Franklin Avenue

About Son of the Velvet Rat

Son of the Velvet Rat is Austrian husband and wife duo Georg Altziebler and Heike Binder. Altziebler started the project in 2004 with the debut release of By my Side. Once Binder joined, the duo released five albums on the Vienna/Austria-based label Monkey Music. They have performed with Ken Coomer (Wilco), Kristof Hahn (Swans), Lucinda Williams, and Richard Pappik (Element of Crime). Their upcoming release, Dorado, was produced by Joe Henry (Billy Bragg, Emmylou Harris) and features violinist Bob Furgo (Leonard Cohen), pianist Patrick Warren (Bob Dylan, Tom Waits), bassist David Piltch (Allen Tousaint, Willie Nelson), drummer Jay Bellerose (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss), and guitarist Adam Levy (Norah Jones).

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When he’s not playing a show or practicing with his band Go Tiger, Go! he can be found at one of Detroit’s best new restaurants or taking in the sights and sounds that the area has to offer. He loves running, coffee houses, playing with puppies, and the occasional vortex of video games.

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