Dirtflowers

Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy

Dirtflowers: the beautiful things you weren't looking for, but suddenly see all around you.

Dirtflowers is the fourth album by Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy, and while serving up the lyric driven future rustic indie rock the band is known for, it also tones things down to an autumnal orange glow, highlighting the deep emotion in each song. It also sees the band expanding its sound with horns, keyboards, and sonic texture.

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Sons of Decent Children

Til Willis

Sons of Decent Children is the second single from the Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy album, Dirtflowers.

Sons of Decent Children is the second single from the album, Dirtflowers, byt Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy. It is backed here by a non-album track, Beyond the Heather, which is an acoustic song performed solo by Til.

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American Questions

Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy

American Questions is a single from the upcoming album, Dirtflowers by Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy, backed with the song, Action Figure Stance.

American Questions is a single from the Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy album, Dirtflowers. A political tune disguised as a sweet love song with blasting horns.

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In The Body b/w Built of Man

Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy

To reimagined Erratic Cowboy classics available as a digital download or a special limited edition 7" lathe cut record (twenty Available).

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Interrupting Aim

Til Willis

This album is an album with no genre, weaving tales of love, politics and natural disasters into an intoxicating cocktail best consumed with the lights down low.

"The one rule for this album was that, as soon as a song started sounding too much like one genre, we'd deliberately switch gears. Much of this album started life as percussion jams, and then I'd build songs on top of those. This was a way to liberate me from old forms and habits. In the end, I feel like this album is a world unto itself." -Til Willis

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Cars Etcetera

Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy

Future-Rustic Indie Rock driven by well thought out lyrical content.

A very American album that’s digesting itself, its thoughts, its sentiment as fast and hopeful as it is warily spitting it out. The ground is uneven, and there is no steady peace socially or emotionally with the characters that populate the songs. It seems that the image of the Erratic Cowboy drifting through modern times that was started on the album Rumors of A City, has not only become a source for a band’s identification, but a mirror to reflect a country.

That said, this is not so much an outward facing album, as it is an inward one. Seems like there are a lot of moments where the characters are trying in some small way to define home, both as a worldly place, and as a personal place. There’s also a heavy seasonal element with winter, New Year’s Eve, springtime birthdays, and summer romances all making a appearance. After all, most of us live our lives on a rigid schedule of hastily disappearing years mapped out in seasons, and that’s where this album is coming from. It also has the feeling of a postcard.

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Habit of Being - EP

Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy

A future-rustic indie-rock EP containing four songs about unhip topics.

“Habit of Being is a four song EP by a future-rustic indie-rock trio that speaks to mortality, and other unhip topics. These songs draw influence, structurally from classic song templates, as well as Guided By Voices styles, Captain Beefheart, and Bob Dylan. Habit of Being, the song, was written after a conversation about a National Geographic article on human behavior turned dark. Happy Birthday To The Bomb wrote itself, what with so many people always jumping on the wagon of doomsday prophecy. It’s funny, you see. Nobody Calls Me Home; well, you could take that several ways, can’t you? When The Snow Melts is a very personal song written after the untimely death of my brother. Life is hard, and we’re all waiting for some snow to melt. I appreciate you taking the time to listen, and consider this.” –Til Willis

Technical notes: The EP was recorded by Til Willis at 1509 Vermont, Lawrence, KS. It was mixed in Portland, OR at Jackpot! Studio by Larry Crane, who’s credits include mixing for Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney, Wooden Shjips, and The Shins. It was mastered by John Hruska in Denver, CO.

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Tears in Paris

Til Willis

Tears In Paris is a three song single written in response to the November 2015 attacks in Paris.

Sad hard times come to us all. Things half way around the world can have profound effects on us, and our lives. These songs are a peaceful call to love, and to think before you act. Although the music is indie rock, the spirit is very much in line with Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young.

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Hackles

Til Willis

An eclectic bag of songs from an ambitious singer/songwriter that span several genres in a 74min running time. It's a new kind of American songbook.

If most albums have all the continuity and structure of a novel, then Hackles is a collection of short stories. Rough around the edges, sometimes rambling, and sometimes so straight to the point it’s unnerving. This is a desert island album in that it jumps styles so many times one could just pick sections of it to enjoy separately from the others. From the opening, where an earthbound savior introduces the audience to a world barely hanging together to blues tinged tales of interracial romance circa 1932, these songs come across like half remembered smoky campfire stories. It’s worth mentioning that all the major themes are covered; love, lust, longing and murder. Including a moment where the narrator confesses to killing off part of himself, the part his significant other is in love with, to make room for the real him. Finally, at the end of the album our narrator lifts an old carnival barker’s line, that “if you can’t stay late, come again tomorrow,” perhaps suggesting that if this nineteen song affair is too much to take in one sitting, you can always come back to it. Or, it could simply be saying, “hey, this album has a lot to offer if you listen close.”

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