Written by: Mike Dimitriou
Lindsay wrote the song based on his experience one night last summer when he accidentally wound up in rural North Carolina, playing music on a farm at the going away party for a farmer’s daughter, who was heading off to a northern college in the fall. Lindsay knew very little about the situation heading into the evening, but there was a lot of narrow-minded language and odd ideas voiced that night, and those elements made it into the song.
The Portland-born Lindsay co-founded (along with Caitlin Cary of Whiskeytown) the North Carolina Music Love Army, a large collective of progressive artists creating “protest music.” The Love Army’s roster includes Chris Stamey, Hiss Golden Messenger, American Aquarium, Chatham County Line, The Love Language, as well as members of the Black Crowes, The Mountain Goats, and Carolina Chocolate Drops. An activist artist whose roots run deep, Lindsay plays sophisticated indie folk that brings to mind everyone from George Harrison to Sufjan Stevens. “Zebulon” has a magnificent arrangement that’s buoyed by funky horns provided by Matt Douglas of The Mountain Goats and drums by John Howie Junior of Sarah Shook & The Disarmers.
“Zebulon” boasts 24 channel tracks with a charging and busy mix-down and the result is just so good. It’s a cosy and large performance with a great sound on a song that rocks without hiding its harmonic and catchy melodies.
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