Over the past few years, Pete Molinari has established himself as one of the UK’s most exciting musical talents. His previous album, A Train Bound For Glory, earned Pete a nomination for Best Newcomer at the MOJO Awards along with an appearance on BBC’s Later With Jools Holland. His already reaped impressive acclaim from a who’s who of musical legends including Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Ray Davies and Yoko Ono with whom he appeared on stage with last summer when she curated the 2013 Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
He now makes a major leap forward as an artist with his new album Theosophy, which will be released on June 3rd on Clarksville Records/INgrooves here in the US. The 13-track album, featuring both Dan Auerbach and Barrie Cadogan (Primal Scream), was primarily recorded at Humbug Studios on the Isle of Wight and mixed at Full Mongrel in Wales. Produced by Boe Weaver with additional production & mix from Andrew Weatherall, Tchad Blake and Liam Watson, Theosophy pushes lots of musical boundaries from the start; and with the musical allies he assembled for this project, Molinari was able to explore new creative fields for himself.
As of this morning, Theosophy can now be heard in its entirety via GuitarWorld.com:
Molinari’s influences are wide ranging from Billie Holliday to Jack Kerouac to John Coltrane and even Leadbelly. However, the true inspiration for Theosophy came from an unexpected source: The Theosophical Society – an organization formed in 1875 “to promote an understanding of the Esoteric Teachings” and whose interest spans science, mysticism, religion and the arts.
The journey of creating this new album brought Molinari to a new level of songwriting, epitomized best by Tchad Blake. As he recalls, “Tchad told me he admired my sense of abandonment. I think going off and finding out what he meant by that really summed up the whole record. The sense I got was that I’m not inhibited by anything that’s going on at the moment, whether the present or the past. I just go about things my own way.” That’s Theosophy.
USA Today remarked: “Pete Molinari, continues a longstanding tradition of British musicians turning a fascination with American blues and rock into something uniquely compelling.”