New Brendan Benson – “Feel Like Taking You Home” (Stereogum Premiere)

Something tells me people are gonna be keyed into Brendan Benson’s forthcoming solo LP more than his previous three combined. Which isn’t to say One Mississippi, Lapalco, and 2005’s The Alternative To Love aren’t worth listening to repeatedly (they offer brilliant bits of seasoned power-pop), or that Brendan didn’t get his share of media spotlight in the past (his “Cold Hands (Warm Heart)” was in Bones and an Apple ad). Just that all of that happened before this happened. It’d be fair to call Nashville-and-London recorded My Old, Familiar Friend LP “long awaited” since we first started hearing demos for it two years ago. One of those (“Poised And Ready”) made the final tracklist, but our first official listen comes via the pulsing, lusty keyboards and harmonized come-ons of “Feel Like Taking You Home.”

Brendan Benson – “Feel Like Taking You Home” (MP3)

And to start you off on your pillaging of his prior discog, here’s the title track to his last set:

Brendan Benson – “Alternative To Love” (MP3)

The My Old, Familiar Friend LP is out 8/18 via ATO. Here’s a tracklist:

01 “A Whole Lot Better”
02 “Eyes On The Horizon”
03 “Garbage Day”
04 “Gonowhere”
05 “Feel Like Taking You Home”
06 “You Make A Fool Out Of Me”
07 “Poised And Ready”
08 “Don’t Want To Talk”
09 “Misery”
10 “Lesson Learned”
11 “Borrow”