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Alison Mosshart to Release Spoken Word Album 'Sound Wheel'

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To celebrate the release, Mosshart will be releasing a new self-produced video for a select few tracks.

Alison Mosshart (The Kills, The Dead Weather) will be releasing Sound Wheel, her first solo spoken word album as well as it's companion piece of her printed collection of paintings, photographs, short stories and poetry, CAR MA, this coming Friday, August 7th on Third Man. To celebrate the release, Mosshart will be releasing a new self-produced video for a select few tracks on the spoken word album throughout the week, full premiere schedule below + view the videos HERE.

Sound Wheel is an album about cars, rock n' roll, and love. It's an album about America, performance, and life on the road. It's an album about fender bender portraiture, story tellin' tire tracks, and the never-ending search for the spirit under the hood.

Mosshart imagines the auto body shop like some other Coney Island. And America's highways - the last great roller coasters. She shows us that the engine on fire is connected to the guitar feeding back since birth. And the sensation of walking on stage and facing an audience is like the laugh before the scream in a car without brakes.

Mosshart ruminates that automobiles- with their doors and mirrors and windows, engines and wheels and radios- portray us. Mirror our need to be in or to exit, our inward reflections and outward visions, our lifetimes of tinkering with the mysterious heart. That which runs until it doesn't.

Throughout history the car has been a symbol of freedom and hopeful adventure. It stands to reason it is also a symbol of our subsequent spinning out... over things we never thought could happen during a song that f'king good with the volume up that f'king loud.

"When I was writing Car Ma, there were some passages I struggled to get right, and I got in the practice of reading them out loud and recording them, to hear and feel where words or sentences were rubbing together wrong. I'd listen back to these recordings and they'd be real informative to me in that way. This tool I was using to help me, started feeling like this whole other angle or art form. And I started thinking it would be interesting to perform/record the whole book, not in a straight up spoken word way, but more like a sound sculpture of characters and voices and miscellaneous cut ups, no rules. After a full month of being obsessed with making the book, I then spent the next month obsessed with recording it. I told Third Man about this and they dug the idea. Due to the time constraints of vinyl, not every bit of writing is recorded, I took liberties with a razor blade on some stuff, and there are a lot of interludes from old tapes I found from old phone conversations I had in the 90's, even a whole monologue where I played a crooked car dealer leaving a very long voicemail to a potential buyer- that does not appear in Car Ma, the book. I was just riffing and it really made me laugh. 'Sound Wheel' is the sonic version of the book, but it's its own animal really. It's not music but there are songs on it, it's not spoken word, but I talk a lot. Of course after all that writing and then all that recording, I thought, hmmm well it sure would be fun to make little films for all these sound pieces... and so I started doing that. Car Ma continues to be, for me, exploding out in all directions." - Alison Mosshart


Sound Wheel:

Car Ma (hardcover, signed) + Sound Wheel Special Edition Bundle:

Car Ma Standard Edition (paperback):

The Standard Edition of CAR MA will be available at bookstores everywhere August 11, 2020.

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