American singer/songwriter Steve Wynn finally released his Spanish recording sessions as "Sketches In Spain" on July 1st through Omnivore Recordings. Wynn was the front man for eighties rock band The Dream Syndicate, before going solo in 1990. The story of this album begins back in 1998 when Wynn met producer Paco Loco and they recorded an album with the band Australian Bond back in 2000. He enjoyed the atmosphere so much that Wynn invited his wife Linda Pitmon and Loco to record an album together under the name Smack Dab. Now with this new release, we get 19-songs from the best of those sessions for those two albums.
The new release begins with the rocking one-two punch of "I'm Not Listening" and "Quarantine" as Wynn sounds like he is at the top of his game with these newly discovered rock gems. The music has a bit of a grunge feel with the rhythm heavy "Kickstart My Jackknife," but Wynn and the band seem to enjoy covering Three Dog Night's "Never Been To Spain." The eight-minute "Lavender Foam" sounds like it is still in the development stage as Wynn is still feeling his way around the song. The atmosphere changes for the second half of the disc as it features Wynn performing along with Australian Bond. The music has a more mainstream sound as displayed with "Suddenly" and "On The Town." They cover Los Bravos' "Black Is Black," slowing it down to feature a New Orleans-style big band. The album closes with the alternative-country appeal of "Sometime Before I Die."
Steve Wynn is currently on tour, performing all around New England during the month of July, including a show on July 22nd at New London, CT's Hygenic Arts Park. To find out more about Wynn's latest release "Sketches In Spain," please visit stevewynn.net.