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Richmond Fontaine ‎- I Can’t Black It Out If I Wake Up And Remember (2016)

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Portland’s beloved Richmond Fontaine disbanded in 2017 before frontman Willy Vlautin wrote a fifth novel (Don’t Skip Out On Me) and convinced his pals to reunite to write an instrumental soundtrack for it. So the band’s last real album was 2006’s You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing To Go Back. The band may have reached their peak with 2003’s americana masterpiece Post to Wire, but a slow-burner track like ‘I Can’t Black It Out If I Wake up And Remember’ was a reminder of the wistful and widescreen landscape they are able to create in sound.

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Richmond Fontaine – The Warehouse Life (2005)

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Last Friday, I went to a Richmond Fontaine gig in London. Love songs, art songs, folk songs, smart songs, Willy Vlautin’s narration always sounds like a man ruminating about modern life. The flannel shirt helps that impression. It is what alt-country should sound like before Jeff Tweedy turned it on its head. ‘The Warehouse Life’ was the opening track on 2005 album The Fitzgerald.

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The Delines – Colfax Avenue (2014)

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In 2014, The Delines created a sound that was undoubtedly the work of Richmond Fontaine’s Willy Vlautin. But this time, his songwriting prowess was complemented by the vocals of The Damnations’ Amy Boone. Soulful americana followed.

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Richmond Fontaine – Barely Losing (2003)

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Non-believers in americana, please bear with me while I risk barely losing you. Off Richmond Fontaine’s 2003 long player Post To Wire, the second single on the album showcases Willy Vlautin as both singer and songwriter. So effectively simple, the song tells listeners of three days’ gambling in Reno. Vlautin narrative style with witsful slide guitar to match, wishing that we’ll never have to go back.

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Richmond Fontaine – Four Walls (2007)

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For a while there, I thought Richmond Fontaine’s 2004 album Post To Wire was it. A combination of Willy Vlautin’s lyrics and that americana sound. Yes they reminded me of Uncle Tupelo, but that’s a good thing right?! I had moved on by 2007, but ‘Four Walls’ off their long player Thirteen Cities brought me right back. Vlautin dreams of being locked up in a room with his girlfriend and favourite things. Great stuff on very rainy Sunday – and an extra post this week. Well it’s a leap year.

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