Last year, singer-songwriter Zachary Cale released his stunning fifth album, Duskland, which saw the Louisiana-born singer-songwriter move away from his acoustic leanings to a more widescreen sound. Duskland, however, still retained the vivid and creative storytelling that Cale has become known for, resulting in the record being named on several “best of” or “favorite” lists, including our own.

In addition to his songwriting, Cale’s appeal is in his tremendous guitar skills, which somewhat got overshadowed by the fuller production on Duskland. Specifically, Cale is a master at the finger-plucking, guitar style, which perfectly complements his more intimate songs. His earlier works, in particular 2013’s dazzling Blue Rider, highlight the relationship of his vast skills. But one doesn’t need to search deep into Cale’s lengthy discography to understand what is being describe, as the Brooklyn-based artist has released a New Year’s surprise.

Galicia is a five-track EP featuring four previously unreleased songs and a cover (or more accurately an interpretation) of Johnny Thunders’ “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory”. The EP was recorded while Cale was traveling in Spain in 2014 (hence the EP’s title), and the songs have the feel of a lonely traveller reflecting on another time and another place. “Play It As It Lays” and “Well of Spirits”, in particular, have that solemn, haunting feeling. They are also the tracks on the EP that best represent all the qualities that have made many of us fans.

If you’re just discovering Zachary Cale, Galicia is a great entry into one of America’s most underrated and under-appreciated singer-songwriters and guitar players. It is Cale at his most intimate and arguably some of the most vulnerable songs he’s written.

Hear Galicia in its entirety below and pick it up at Bandcamp. Read this great little interview Cale did with Popmatters to learn more about the man behind the microphone.


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