"He's so cute lookin'. He's just the darlingest boy." —Karen Black on Cass McCombs
Cass McCombs has never released a double-LP before, but he did issue two full-lengths, Wit's End and Humor Risk, in 2011, so it's almost as if he's been gearing up for it. In the press notes, his label, Domino, describes Big Wheel and Others as his "seventh-and-a-half album."
If the jazz-tinged new single, "There Can Only Be One," proves emblematic of the whole, it should offer another fine addition to his catalog (his vocal reminds me of the Church's Steve Kilbey).
While skimming through the track listing, I did a double-take at the name of his duet partner on "Brighter!," particularly since she's the sole guest vocalist: actress Karen Black, who passed away three weeks ago. As it turns out, she's collaborated with McCombs before. Though I only know her singing from Robert Altman's Nashville, she's sung in several one-woman shows, so it's nice to see her voice live on, in whatever form (according to the San Francisco Bay Guardian piece quoted above, Dean Wareham has even covered one of her songs).
Check out McCombs' video for 2009's "Dreams Come True Girl" with Black below.
Domino releases Big Wheel and Others (two-LP, two-CD, and digital) on Oct 15.