The Horse Latitudes are the equatorial reaches where only ocean, sky, and desert obtain; where legend says becalmed Spanish sailors put their horses overboard as the cisterns ran dry. Places of element, and reckoning.
Cinematic in scope and movement, Horse Latitudes, the startling new album from Jeffrey Foucault, begins the place of reckoning, confronting the end of nature and the end of youth in a series of vivid dreams, unfolding characters from younger life and lovers lost or forgotten against dark fragments of modern time.
A cross-country collision of rock, country, and folk, Horse Latitudes alights with equal grace on full-band ragers and whispered solo pieces, delivering a collection of songs that inhabit the borderlands of heartbreak and memory .
Recorded in just three days in Los Angeles, Horse Latitudes features Eric Heywood (Pretenders, Ray Lamontagne) on pedal steel, baritone and electric guitars; Billy Conway (Morphine, Cold Satellite) on drums; Jennifer Condos (Ray Lamontagne, Sam Phillips) on electric bass, and Van Dyke Parks (Lowell George, Brian Wilson, Ry Cooder) on keys and accordion, with backing vocals and cello from Kris Delmhorst; an all-star ensemble that seamlessly merges the ferocity of rock and the honesty of country with the plaintive wonder in Foucault’s weathered voice.
In a decade on the road, Jeffrey Foucault - a Wisconsin native now living in western Massachusetts - has produced a string of critically acclaimed albums and garnered accolades across the United States and overseas for his tersely elegant brand of songwriting. With Horse Latitudes Foucault gives us ten new original songs that showcase an artist in the fullness of his powers, offering a compelling vision of modern American music.