It has been over three years since the last time we have seen a release from Shane Tutmarc and his ever changing band of musicians that make up Dolour. Thankfully the wait has paid off with not only one, but two new albums (sort of) and a total of 19 tracks. The Years in the Wilderness is a double album contained within one disc, it is split up into two parts: Storm and Stress and Hell or Highwater.
The album was recorded in a very different fashion than previous Dolour albums. Shane gathered a group of musicians that he knew and respected, including many U.S.E. alumni, and headed into the studio where everything was recorded in 10 hours without the band having heard any of the songs before. This process ended up giving the new songs a much more organic sound than on previous albums. Storm and Stress has a fairly severe change in sound. Tutmarc moves away from his usual Brian Wilson-esque sound and creates songs that tend to have much more of a rock element to them, taking him to a sound that is along the lines of Weezer that can be heard especially well on the second track, NaÃ¯ve.
The second half of the album, Hell or Highwater, goes along an even different route. It is much more jazz infused with more roots elements that reflect work he is doing in another band that he has, Shane Tutmarc and the Traveling Mercies, which is made up of him and his cousins.
There arenâ€™t any Dolour shows coming up, but you can see Shane Tutmarc and the Traveling Mercies at the Tractor Tavern on October 5th with fellow great local bands: Brent Amaker & The Rodeo, and The Valley!
Here is a video of the third track from Storm and Stress being recorded in the studio: