Athens, GA-based indie folk band Cicada Rhythm are set to release their third full-length Everywhere I Go on April 27 via New West Records. The 12 song set was produced by Kenneth Pattengale (of Milk Carton Kids), with additional production on 3 songs by Oliver Wood (of The Wood Brothers). Upright bassist Andrea DeMarcus and guitarist Dave Kirslis embraced Everywhere I Go as a patchwork album, tracking songs that blend orchestral folk-pop and ramshackle roots-rock in recording studios, living rooms, and gospel churches throughout Tennessee and Georgia. Like interstate poets, they sing about the country unfolding outside their car window at highway speed. American Songwriter premiered a full stream of the album ahead of its release. In a 4-out-of-5 star review, they praise Everywhere I Go as “intriguing and captivating,” adding, “The duo’s rootsy underpinnings are the threads that bind these eclectic tracks, aided enormously by the pure, immediate and moving vocals of DeMarcus whose characteristic tone falls somewhere between LaVere and Billie Holiday." Everywhere I Go is available for preorder now via New West Records and will be out tomorrow digitally, as well as on vinyl and CD.
The Boot recently featured the album’s latest single, “Shake Up,” praising, “Guitarist Dave Kirslis' unique vocals kick off the rootsy, rock-driven tune, and stunning harmonies from bassist Andrea DeMarcus take the song's breezy melody to a whole new level.” Previously, PopMatters premiered the video for the album opener, “America’s Open Roads,” stating, “While it opens up with a line as harrowing as ‘every day starts with a terrible dream,’ the song ultimately raises our spirits and reminds us that we are better together than divided. Its accompanying music video...is an ode to both the beautiful and tumultuous threads that tie America together.” The video can be viewed/shared HERE. With the announcement of the new record, Cicada Rhythm released the first single from Everywhere I Go, which was highlighted as The Bluegrass Situation’s Song of the Week. They noted, “[I]t’s a bluesy call to women — or anyone else — who feels less than the world around them. With a sly snap to her vocals and the gusto of a little punk-dripped roots, singer Andrea DeMarcus counts her value to a cascade of drums and instrumentals helmed by partner Dave Kirslis.”
Fans of Cicada Rhythm's debut will remember the socially-conscious "Do Not Destroy," an eco-friendly song that urged its listener to take care of the natural world. Much of Everywhere I Go follows in that song's footsteps, forming a bridge between two dynamic records. "We're changing, but we haven't lost our sincerity," explains DeMarcus. "A lot of the songs are still emotional. They're raw, which has always been an important part of our sound. We haven't lost our identity; we've just grown around it."
Producers Pattengale and Wood assisted in that growth by upsizing the band's sound with strings, Hammond organ, electric guitar, and pedal steel. Working with the producers separately allowed DeMarcus and Kirslis to revisit and revise a number of songs that had already become live staples. Cicada Rhythm is now touring up and down the East Coast with new members expanding their once duo to a full band and a louder set of influences propelling them forward sonically. They will make an appearance at MerleFest, ahead of which they were named one of “Ten Fresh Faces You Can’t Miss at MerleFest 2018” by North Carolina’s YES! Weekly.