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Hey Mr. Ferryman is Eitzel's first full studio album recorded entirely in London. It was made at 355 Studios with Mercury Prize winner Bernard Butler (ex-Suede, McAlmont & Butler), who has produced and/or recorded albums with Tricky, Ben Watt, Bert Jansch, Edwyn Collins, and more. Butler produced Hey Mr. Ferryman and played all of the electric guitar, bass, and keyboard parts on the album.
Hey Mr. Ferryman features the vivid melodies long associated with Eitzel's former band American Music Club--which remains a cult favorite to this day--as well as Butler's distinctive guitar that serves to complement Eitzel's expressive vocals. Of that voice, Pitchfork once wrote, “If Leonard Cohen's voice is a story about the passage of time and Levon Helm's is a story about losing what is most precious to you, Eitzel's is about the circuitous roads we take in search of ourselves.”
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