Here’s the press release from the week the EP was released:
Multi-Grammy and Dove nominated band Smalltown Poets releases first “non-holiday” album in 8 years on Friendly City Records
With lead singer Michael Johnston’s unique tenor vocals and a sweet, pop/rock sound, “Under the New Sun” gives listeners a great taste of what they’ve been missing and leaves them looking forward to what’s coming next. –NewReleaseTuesday.com
Every track on this EP meets the challenge of transcending the ordinary. Smalltown Poets have once again crafted a masterpiece guaranteed to have you pressing the replay button repeatedly. –Jesus Wired, online music magazine
Atlanta, GA, October 16th, 2012– The new album from Smalltown Poets, Under The New Sun, was released to digital outlets on October 16th. The band is following up its acclaimed 2012 Christmas album and tour (Smalltown Poets Christmas) with this 7-song EP, their first non-holiday release since 2004’s It’s Later Than It’s Ever Been (BEC/EMI).
The album title is taken from an old Villanelle (a previous incarnation of Smalltown Poets) song titled May Day; the lyric “under the new sun” sums up many of the themes of this new project: death and rebirth, renewal, restoration and resurrection.
As much fun as the band had re-working Christmas songs last year, Smalltown Poets has relished a return to their roots by crafting lyric-intensive songs from the ground up, doing their best to turn a few phrases, sneak in a few puns, and invite the listener to dive in and bring his/her own imagination.
Under The New Sun opens with the title track, an atmospheric instrumental that sonically paints the hope and beauty of a new dawn via piano, spacious guitars, and an eager chord progression. The cautionary meets uptempo Turn Around sets the lyrical tone with witty, mile-a-minute word pictures that take the listener on a roller-coaster ride, to a bullfight, and back again through space. Charlie Brown’s Lament fetches the irony from the classically familiar relationship of a boy and his dog. The resurrection story is the backdrop for a celebration of hope in the contemplative yet driving Grace Is A Song. The EP pushes into new territory with the Aesop-esque story in song, The Ballad of Time & Eternity, featuring lyrics written by the band’s lead singer for his six year old daughter and meant to take on new meaning about the time when she turns sixteen. Speaking of eternity, this concise collection closes with Smalltown Poets’ twist on the standard gospel song I’ll Fly Away.
A radio campaign to multiple radio formats is under way. Tour dates are soon to be announced.