It's hardly unprecedented for a musician to release a non-LP track while they're in the midst of promoting a new album—or setting off on their first North American tour—but the mellotron-infused "The End of August" doesn't appear on Jacco Gardner's debut, A Cabinet of Curiosities.
What's more notable about it: the song ranks among the finest that the Dutch multi-instrumentalist has released to date (so far, he's released two singles and one full-length). Not only did Gardner play all of the instruments, except for the drums, but he also directed the wistful, montage-filled video. Not bad for a 25-year-old—not bad for an artist of any age, really.
Fun fact: Pre-mastering on Cabinet was provided by Dutch engineer Jan Audier (Q65, Golden Earring, the Motion) on his collection of '60s analog equipment.
P.S. Get a taste of his live show here ("Puppets Dangling" for Pitchfork.tv).
Cabinet of Curiosities and the "End of August" single are out now on Trouble in Mind (for more Gardner goodness, try this stream of "Clear the Air"). Gardner plays Barboza on Wed, Oct 9, with Parson Red Heads and Ephrata. $10 adv, 21+