14 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On The Arcs’ contemplative debut, project mastermind Dan Auerbach wraps his soulful, bluesy vision for rock ’n’ roll in plush layers of sonic velvet and silk. “Stay in My Corner” is a gentle, kindhearted ballad; the singer’s sweet falsetto flutters and swoons like an angel drunk on earthly love. Yet, before you know it, Auerbach has slipped into heartbroken dejection. Over the crumbling, lopsided reggae crawl of “Everything You Do (You Do for You),” he chronicles a relationship that has soured like expired milk.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On The Arcs’ contemplative debut, project mastermind Dan Auerbach wraps his soulful, bluesy vision for rock ’n’ roll in plush layers of sonic velvet and silk. “Stay in My Corner” is a gentle, kindhearted ballad; the singer’s sweet falsetto flutters and swoons like an angel drunk on earthly love. Yet, before you know it, Auerbach has slipped into heartbroken dejection. Over the crumbling, lopsided reggae crawl of “Everything You Do (You Do for You),” he chronicles a relationship that has soured like expired milk.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

129 Ratings

Love it !

Poison24Ivy,

Once I read the email that said Dan Auerbach has new music out , I was so excited . I'm a big fan of the black keys and the Arcs have a similar sound to them . Can't wait to buy their whole album :)

So over him

BrianSwaldi,

I was, and still am, absolutely obsessed with The Black Keyes and Dan. Albums like Big Come Up and Thickfreakness are masterpieces of dirty garage rock. Lots of integrity to the raw guitars and primal vocals. I was also down with Brothers and El Camino. But it just seems that he's taken the weakest part of their sound and turned it into the whole show. Gone are the muscular guitars, swampy garage blues and the primal vocals. It's packaged to sell now. No integrity. Some kind of weird R&B-ish hodgepodge that just seems like it's going for a sort of smooth and creepy sound. Kind've like it's supposed to be the background to some sort of cheesy Halloween flick.

Their last album was terrible and this one is just an extension of that. Time to listen to the legion of bands that the old and GOOD Black Keyes inspiried like Jonathan Tyler and Kill It Kid. They are carrying the torch now. I guess after making a certain amount of bank Dan decided he liked more money and fame and just played into that (you know, what sell outs call "artistic growth" to make themselves feel better). That is what selling out means people.

About The Arcs

Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys is clearly a man who likes to keep busy, handling plenty of production assignments and backing like-minded artists during his downtime from the band, and in 2015, after the Black Keys took some time off after drummer Patrick Carney suffered a shoulder injury, Auerbach decided to make productive use of the hiatus by launching a new side project. The Arcs were formed by Auerbach and Leon Michaels, a multi-instrumentalist who was part of the studio crew on Auerbach's production projects for Dr. John and Lana Del Rey. Telling the press "I just wanted to do my thing and get extra weird," Auerbach headed into the studio with Michaels and a handful of friends and colleagues, including Nick Movshon, Homer Steinweiss, Richard Swift, and Kenny Vaughan. The Arcs made their debut with a 7" vinyl single released to independent music stores to commemorate the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao title fight in May 2015. A-side "Stay in My Corner" and the flip "Tomato Can" were songs inspired by Auerbach's passion for boxing, and "Stay in My Corner" also appeared on the Arcs' debut album, Yours, Dreamily, which was recorded in a handful of freewheeling sessions lasting less than two weeks. Yours, Dreamily appeared on Nonesuch Records in September 2015. ~ Mark Deming

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