On Trickster Blues, their new full-length album, RF Shannon take a drastic shift from the long form, pensive desert meditations of their previous record. Fronted by Shane Renfro, the now LA-based band make psych-ish folk-rock that’s not too far removed from eternally great artists like Kevin Morby and Cass McCombs.
Demoed in four days in Marfa and recorded in two days in Lockhart, Texas with the help of Jesse Woods and Will Patterson, the band’s upcoming album, out May 4th, is demanding in it’s immediacy while providing a raw and profound insight into the raw sonic and lyrical landscape Renfro & Co. have crafted. They recently shared the album’s lead single “Cold Spell,” which exudes sprawling, ambient, country bliss. A walking pace puts Shane Renfro’s deep and captivating whispers on equal footing with the group’s spacey, psych-hued instrumentation.
In Renfro’s own words, “the song is about feeling like a cold person for interjecting into someone else’s fate, but also feeling like, maybe I am part of this person’s fate and this is how it’s supposed to be.” “Cold Spell” echoes the themes Trickster Blues attempts to dissect: acknowledging consequences and saying, “so what,” the reward is worth the risk. It’s about feeling a pull, a calling, and dedicating to it, hell or high water, whatever that may be. It’s the heart of it all.