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BRANT BJORK To Release New Album, Mankind Woman

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 10:14 AM


Out September 14th; New Song "Chocolatize" Debuts

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Brant Bjork is a musician that needs no introduction. The legendary California-based musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist known as "The Godfather of Desert Rock" will release his new album, Mankind Woman, on September 14 via Heavy Psych Sounds Records. The LP, Bjork's 13th solo effort and first for HPS Records, was engineered by Yosef Sanborn and tracked at Twentynine Palms, CA's Zainaland, a creative Villa owned by Brant's wife, Zaina Alwan.

Mankind Woman is the thirteenth solo record from Bjork and marks the very first time that Brant has solely collaborated with a singular producer and co-writer, Bubba Dupree, guitarist and friend from his Low Desert Punk Band and six-stringer for American hardcore punk band, VOID. The resulting 11-track recording blossoms with moments of light and shade, loud and soft. It's a collection of songs that sounds more like an effortless, unpretentious melding of jazz, R&B and rock steeped in California desert organics with friendly feels and deep grooves. From the initial salvo of the opening track and first single "Chocolatize" to tracks like the edgy "Swagger & Sway", the hypnotizing "Somebody" through to the dynamic, supercharged closer "Nation of Indica", it is clear that both Brant and Bubba specialize in the craft of the sound and feel of the music. Mankind Woman is an instant-mindset-transformer, a testament to the formative decades of song and sound and an album that begs to be revisited on hot summer nights.

Stream the new Brant Bjork song "Chocolatize" now below.

"I've made a lot of records over the years. One thing never changes and that's the direct intention behind each record," comments Bjork. "This record is exactly what I wanted and needed to create and I was able to do so with the help of Bubba Dupree, Sean Wheeler, and Yosef Sanborn, among others. We all knew where we wanted and needed to go and we got there."

On Mankind Woman, Brant Bjork has delved deeper lyrically than on any previous release, shining a light on on personal sensitivities, elite hypocrisies, racism, sexism and the daily struggle to find peace, love and understanding in today's American society. The record features guest appearances from bass player Armand Secco Sabal, vocalist Sean Wheeler, who has been a touring member of the LOW DESERT PUNK BAND, and former KYUSS bandmate Nick Oliveri.

With Mankind Woman, Brant Bjork once again delivers a record that reminds the listener that it is often the ingredients of jazz, blues, and funk that makes rock music feel so good.

Track listing:

  • "Chocolatize"
  • "Lazy Wizards"
  • "Charlie Gin"
  • "Mankind Woman"
  • "Pisces"
  • "Swagger & Sway"
  • "Somebody"
  • "Pretty Hairy"
  • "Brand New Old Times"
  • "1968"
  • "Nation Of Indica"
Mankind Woman will be made available in the following formats:
  • 50 Test Pressing Vinyl (Heavy Psych Sounds (HPS) web shop exclusive)
  • Limited edition “Color in Color” Brown in Orange Vinyl (HPS web shop exclusive)
  • Limited edition “3 colors A/B side Burst” Yellow / Red / Brown Vinyl (HPS web shop exclusive)
  • Limited edition “3 Color Segment” Orange / Purple / Yellow Vinyl (HPS web shop exclusive)
  • Limited edition “Splatter Version” Transp. Background / Yellow, Purple, Orange, Red, Brown
  • Black Vinyl
  • CD Digipak and Digital Download
Additionally, as part of Bjork's new partnership with Heavy Psych Sounds, the label will reissue some of the artist's back catalog titles including 2007's Tres Dias (release date: September 21) and 2004's Local Angel (release date: September 28).


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