LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Carl Broemel has released a new EP titled Brokenhearted Jubilee (Stocks in Asia/Thirty Tigers), a seven track EP, inspired by the days of old cassette mix tapes. It includes six covers and a new, original song by Broemel, weaving together songs well-known and new alike, a collection of melancholic yet beautiful music.
“This is a collection of some of Eric and I’s favorite songs of all time, songs we come back to often,” said Broemel. “Once we started recording them, there emerged a kind of connecting theme of beauty amongst loss, how the springtime springtime only works as a result of experiencing the dark energy of winter, and in doing so, brings life back again fresh and new.”
Broemel, together with longtime collaborator and drummer Eric Hopper, convened in the spring of 2018 to do some casual recording at Broemel’s home studio. The My Morning Jacket guitarist and Hopper’s shared obsession for all versions of the song “Junk” by Paul McCartney was the starting point for their endeavor. It quickly turned a lighthearted get together into something with serious intent. Brokenhearted Jubilee—a wistful, paradoxical, line from the song—naturally became the shorthand name for the project and “Junk” became the EP’s opening track. This song, as well as two others, feature harmonica master Mickey Raphael, best known for playing with Willie Nelson for the last 4 decades.
The EP also includes a lavish interpretation of Nick Drake’s “Pink Moon”, complete with lush string arrangements, haunting harmonica and Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket) on keys. “Longing for You” is an attempt to revive a somewhat corny song by an enigmatic and shifty movie entrepreneur named Palmer Rockey. Rockey’s unfinished film has disappeared, but the remaining soundtrack is a rare cult classic of oddball music.
“The Way It Will Be” sees Broemel’s take on a Gillian Welch and David Rawlings tune, taking the powerful original and giving it an expansive rock treatment at over nine minutes long. The EP is rounded out with covers of Ron Sexsmith’s “God Loves Everyone” and “In April” by Sardina. Amidst the covers, the EP also contains a new Broemel original track, “Face of the Earth”, inspired by a Tarot card reading that happens in the new psychedelic autobiographical novel “The Light Years”, written by Chris Rush.
This EP comes on the heels of Broemel’s most recent LP Wished Out, released last year. After performing with Tyler Ramsey in Lexington in February, Broemel returns to the city on April 21 when he opens for The Head and the Heart at Manchester Music Hall.
For more information on Broemel visit CarlBroemel.com. Listen to Brokenhearted Jubilee below.