12 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Who’s Feeling Young Now? finds this supergroup gelling as a unit. Formed by lead singer and mandolin master Chris Thile, the band includes Chris Eldridge on guitar, Paul Kowert on bass, Noam Pikelny on banjo, and Gabe Witcher on fiddle (and lead vocals on “Hundred Dollars”). Starting from a bluegrass foundation, the Brothers veer into jazz, pop, rock, and hidden corners of Americana on their third release. With dazzling interplay they trade solos and dance around sophisticated tunes filled with unusual time signatures, melodic beauty, and washes of dissonance. But though the arrangements are complex, the songs remain catchy and accessible. “Movement and Location” is lush and expansive, “Patchwork Girlfriend” is playful and loose, “Don’t Get Married Without Me” is a charming piece of pop-folk, and the title track is edgy and driving. And as further proof of their eclecticism, they do a riveting cover of Radiohead’s “Kid A” on which they transpose the original’s electronic blips for acoustic plucks and bends that are every bit as textured and intriguing.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Who’s Feeling Young Now? finds this supergroup gelling as a unit. Formed by lead singer and mandolin master Chris Thile, the band includes Chris Eldridge on guitar, Paul Kowert on bass, Noam Pikelny on banjo, and Gabe Witcher on fiddle (and lead vocals on “Hundred Dollars”). Starting from a bluegrass foundation, the Brothers veer into jazz, pop, rock, and hidden corners of Americana on their third release. With dazzling interplay they trade solos and dance around sophisticated tunes filled with unusual time signatures, melodic beauty, and washes of dissonance. But though the arrangements are complex, the songs remain catchy and accessible. “Movement and Location” is lush and expansive, “Patchwork Girlfriend” is playful and loose, “Don’t Get Married Without Me” is a charming piece of pop-folk, and the title track is edgy and driving. And as further proof of their eclecticism, they do a riveting cover of Radiohead’s “Kid A” on which they transpose the original’s electronic blips for acoustic plucks and bends that are every bit as textured and intriguing.

TITLE TIME
4:04
3:38
4:08
4:08
3:21
4:25
3:48
4:47
4:45
3:47
4:52
4:11

About Punch Brothers

After Nickel Creek disbanded in 2007, mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile assembled an all-star quintet called Punch Brothers (the name comes from the Mark Twain short story Punch, Brothers, Punch!) with guitarist Chris Eldridge, formerly of the Infamous Stringdusters; bassist Greg Garrison, who has played with Ron Miles and Leftover Salmon; banjo player Noam Pikelny, who has worked with John Cowan and Tony Trischka, and violinist Gabe Witcher, a sought-after session musician and a member of Jerry Douglas' band for a half-dozen years. The new group quickly signed with Nonesuch Records and issued a debut album, Punch, in 2008, which was anchored by Thile's ambitious 40-minute, four-part suite "The Blind Leaving the Blind." The double-disc (plus a third DVD concert disc) Antifogmatic, produced by Jon Brion, arrived from Nonesuch in 2010, and was followed in 2012 by Who's Feeling Young Now?, produced by Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse), and the Ahoy! EP. After working with T-Bone Burnett on the soundtrack for the 2013 Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis, the Punch Brothers teamed with the producer to record their fourth full-length album, The Phosphorescent Blues, which appeared in January 2015. ~ Steve Leggett

  • ORIGIN
    New York, NY [Brooklyn]
  • FORMED
    2006

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