The Music Tapes are getting ready to release their third album this fall. Mary’s Voice is the first in a two-part album series that Julian Koster and his various Elephant 6 collaborators have been working on.
The band released a digital EP, Purim’s Shadow, last year, but Mary’s Voice is their first new LP since 2008′s Music Tapes for Tornadoes and Clouds. In typical whimsical fashion, the LP version features a pop-up front cover.
The first song from the new album is “The Dark Is Singing Songs (Sleepy Time Down South).” It’s build around the 1931 song “Sleepy Time Down South,” originally performed by Nina Mae McKinney and popularized by Louis Armstrong. The amalgamation of horns and accordion sounds almost as vintage as the original.