He has just wrapped a photo shoot outside of his home in western Massachusetts, and is more preoccupied with getting back to rehearsals for his first live show in two years, which starts in slightly more than 48 hours.
And the accolades, which range from a rave review from "Rolling Stone" to praise from "The Wall Street Journal," are just starting to pour in. And hope they're beautiful."All the hubbub over "Supernova" is due in part to its producer, The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who lends the project a hazy, psychedelic vibe that loosens up an artist best-known for folky torch songs.
In April, he inked his first major brand deal with Citi for a series of intimate concerts for card members showcasing the new material.
And later today, he'll participate in a rare fan Q&A on Reddit.
White on long bike rides, romancing her with compliments (“Meg White, such a pretty sight”), and finding a way to hit on her rather diplomatically.
, three big red chairs turned around for Sawyer Fredericks — with the fourth following less than a minute later.
As if that weren't enough, La Montagne chooses to ignore his growing celebrity, living in a farmhouse in the remote hills of Western Massachusetts.
The least-fraught record of the singer-songwriter’s career to date, it is summery and, in places, positively patchouli-scented, suggestive of a man with, if not quite flowers in his hair, then fewer woes than were implied by his most famous song, 2004’s “Trouble”.
True, there is an unrequited love song here called “Pick Up a Gun”, in which he talks about shooting the TV set in anger, but as he will later insist, “my songs aren’t autobiographical. La Montagne and I are speaking on the phone, because he’s in America, and I’m not.
Perhaps it’s the fact that his last album, 2010’s God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise, was his most commercially successful to date, and won him a Grammy, but the man has now lightened up, both in song – the title track of his new album is something to whistle to – and also in conversation.
He now speaks in full, flowing sentences, and sounds engaged throughout. Right now, he’s telling me about his home, which he shares with his poet wife Sarah Sousa and their two teenage boys.