New album: The Paranoid Style || For Executive Meeting

This summer, Paul Gorman‘s enhanced / revised third edition of The Wild World of Barney Bubbles was published, a wantlist-worthy book with well-known / remarkable Pop Art record sleeves and posters. The influence of the late graphic artist is further evidenced by The Paranoid Style’s new full-length album kicking off with a tribute to the master: “I literally kick the stereo when things get dark // It’s Carlene’s C’est C Bon LP // And Bubbles did the artwork.” It’s not the only more or less familiar name to pop up here: singer-songwriter Elizabeth Nelson’s stories on For Executive Meeting also feature Steve Cropper, P.G. Wodehouse, Doug Yule, Jack Kerouac and John Prine, and she mourns the loss of David Berman and Adam Schlesinger. The intelligent lyrics are supported by equally sophisticated music, in which a jumble of pop, rock and country influences are forged into a whole – you can also consider the twelve songs here as Pop Art – that continues to fascinate.

“This is an album about the dignity of labor and the courage of workers who refuse to give up hope, even as the modern world arrays itself ever more exploitatively against their interests.” – Elizabeth Nelson

The Paranoid Style, named after Richard Hofstadter’s observations on 1964 American politics, is a savvy rock band from Washington, D.C., featuring Elizabeth Nelson (vocals), Timothy Bracy (guitar), William Corrin (bass, harmonica), Jon Langmead (drums) and William Matheny (guitar, keyboards). Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers) is a guest on I’d Bet My Land And Titles. After eleven originals, the album closes with a cover of Rosanne Cash’s Seven Year Ache.

For Executive Meeting is out now digitally and on vinyl LP through Bar/None Records.

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