Americana Highways is hosting this premiere of Turn Turn Turn’s song “7 Kids” for their forthcoming album New Rays From An Old Sun, which is due to be released on January 27. The album was produced by Adam Levy; mixed by John Fields; and mastered by Greg Reierson.
“7 Kids” is Barb Brynstad on vocals and bass; Savannah Smith on vocals; Adam Levy on acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, percussion and vocals; Peter J Sands on B3 organ and Wurlitzer electric piano; Joe Savage on pedal steel; and Noah Levy and Josh Kaplan on drums.
The way the organ weaves in with the acoustic guitar from the first few measures of the song hooks you immediately. Driving vocals, layers of banjo, pedal steel electric guitars, and contemporary observations then open and dance all around you. Good stuff. “It feels so familiar but damn it feels so strange.”
There’s a lot going on in this song lyrically and musically. It’s kind of a snapshot of our tumultuous times—hopeful immigrants, people losing faith in science, medicine and the veracity of media information, people living through unprecedented protests and violence, some of them fearfully pushing back against social change…I love how we each hand off vocals every verse, as though we are separate narrators of what we see. After I wrote and recorded this, that banjo was so integral we knew we needed somebody covering that in shows. And then we added pedal steel and the band grew again. The song really feels like a microcosm of the whole record with the layered vocals and instrumental layers and shape-shifting genres. — Adam Levy
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