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When Fort Worth native Jordan Richardson started recording his Son of Stan debut — last fall's Divorce Pop — he very much initially intended it to be a mostly studio-centric side project.
In many ways, it had to be. At the time, Richardson was touring as Ben Harper's drummer. Meanwhile, Richardson's co-producer, Adam Lasus (Yo La Tengo, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), had a similarly busy schedule of his own. So the bulk of that album was recorded at Lasus' studio in the middle of the night, during gaps in thwe twosome's otherwise busy schedules.
In the time since, though, Richardson has parted ways with Harper so as to focus more on his own ventures — among them Son of Stan, producing other artists and running his own WIZARDVIZION label full time — while splitting time between his native North Texas and his current hometown of Los Angeles.
And Richardson's commitment to his own endeavors of late shows — not only in the ever-impressive nature of his live performances, but in the honed intensity found on the brand new Son of Stan track, “The Lady That's Around Me,” which will serve the kickoff track on his outfit's forthcoming Georgia EP, and which Richardson has been kind enough to pass along as a free download to Central Track readers below.
“[The album is] called Georgia because that is my mom's name,” says Richardson of his new collection, which he anticipates releasing in either late August or early September. “I can't name my band after my dad and then not name something after my mom. My sister is next, I guess, and on and on…”
This first taste of Georgia feels very much like a continuation of the vibe put forth by Divorce Pop — the main difference being the immediate sense that this is now a band with some shows under its belt. The energy of the band's live offerings is something that definitely shines through from the very first spin of the sweaty, dog-days-of-summer pop jam
Says Richardson of that progression: “Whereas Divorce Pop, the album, was more about the parents, the Georgia EP is all about the kids. They are in high school now and this is the soundtrack to the summer before their junior year, when they were shipped off to stay with their grandparents in Mustang Island to help get their minds off of things and so their mom can get her elective surgery.
“It's a skuzzy, skuzzy summer.”