Ray LaMontagne ventures into new territory on 'Supernova'

Ray LaMontagne (QMI file photo)

Ray LaMontagne (QMI file photo)

Jane Stevenson, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:40 PM ET

Like Dylan before him - but perhaps not as dramatically - Ray LaMontagne has officially plugged in.

After delivering four albums of critically acclaimed acoustic folk-soul over the last decade, including on hits like Trouble, LaMontange hooked up with producer Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys at his Easy Eye studio in Nashville for a gamechanging record of psychedelic-rock-soul-country-folk on the just-released Supernova.

“I guess what happened was I just opened myself up to it,” said the singer-songwriter-guitarist in a Canadian newspaper exclusive with QMI Agency.

“I just allowed myself to be really open to different kinds of melodies and different kinds of sounds to come in without a critical voice kind of shutting them down before I finished them. And I was hoping that I’d be able to shift gears and draw on old influences sort of ingrained in my subconscious. Other kinds of music that I love - early ‘60s rock, and psychedelic music, and early punk music like Elvi


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