Cass McCombs’ fourth album Catacombs opens with its first single, “Dreams Come True Girl,” which features the ghostly guest vocals of Academy Award-nominated actress Karen Black. If you recall, she played the country star Connie White in Nashville and wrote the songs she performed in the film. Fittingly, Catacombs has a dusty ensemble-cast feel to it, though it’s McCombs playing all the parts. See, for instance, the video for “You Saved My Life,” which follows the wandering singer-songwriter around some sort of beer-friendly festival, passing dozens of people, and remaining the focus despite all those glimpsed lives. It was directed by Eric Fensler from Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job! And, speaking of shape-shifting: The outdoor footage is interspersed with shadowy, gold-flecked two-step country dancing that evokes/seemingly nods to Cremaster 2: Considering the album features a song called “Executioner’s Song,” e.g. the Norman Mailer novel that partially inspired Matthew Barney’s film, it may very well be more than a coincidence.

The aforementioned opener:

Catacombs is out via Domino.

Comments (10)
  1. iknowall  |   Posted on Jul 13th, 2009 0

    this song is brilliant. very much The Band/Dylan, but really great stuff.

  2. Aaron  |   Posted on Jul 13th, 2009 0

    Pitchfork News from Thursday called…guess what they want backkkkk?

  3. this is a really god song

  4. alex  |   Posted on Jul 14th, 2009 0

    dropping the writ was better than this new album

  5. nickels  |   Posted on Jul 14th, 2009 0

    i thought the writ was his weakest moment yet, and that this new album has brought the faith back.

  6. lawrence  |   Posted on Jul 14th, 2009 0

    the band/dylan? sounds like Felt to me.

  7. this is my jam! great video and album!

  8. bz mc z  |   Posted on Jul 14th, 2009 0

    hey guess what. whether he even cares, cass mccombs has been criminally underrated for about 1,000 years and he’s just now gettin’ some much deserved dues. justice has been served, people.

  9. iknowall   |   Posted on Jul 14th, 2009 0


    i meant the production has a dylan/band/Basement Tapes vibe to it.

    1Uping blog commenters with your unlimited knowledge of semi-unknown bands must really get your girl wet at night…

    btw did you mean the 1980s British band or the murs & slug duo? you should be more careful next time.

  10. Absolutely beautiful song! Catacombs is becoming one of my favorite records of the year.

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