KEXP at CMJ 2009, Day 5: Alec Ounsworth

Today is acoustic day at The Cutting Room Studios NYC. You may know Alec Ounsworth from his other band, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, or his side moniker Flashy Python. The Philadelphia singer/songwriter is finally venturing out on his own name with his solo debut album Mo Beauty. We think Alec has been “solo” for quite a while now, but that’s a whole different discussion. The new album was recorded entirely in New Orleans and includes some obvious references to the city in songs like “Holy, Holy, Holy Moses (Song for New Orleans).” Even though the album wasn’t specifically written about the city (other than the tribute song), it certainly carries its flavor throughout. The whole concept came together during an artists retreat meant to encourage musicians to work in the Big Easy. The album was produced by fellow Philadelphian Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, John Lee Hooker, The Replacements), who had the initial idea to record in New Orleans. The concept works well and he was able to harness the energy of some great local musicians in the process. Between all his other projects, 2009 has been a busy year for Mr Ounsworth. Mo Beauty just might sum things up perfectly.

You can find Alec on MySpace or at his home on Anti- Records.


photos by Gabi Porter
Live at The Cutting Room Studios NYC

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