Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band
with special guest Sarah Harmer
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Josh Ritter has been thinking a lot about space exploration. It has nothing to do with his spellbinding new album, Spectral Lines, except that in a way, it really does.
"The Voyager spacecraft went up in '77 and now it's out there in a place that no one's ever been before, and it's sending back all these messages," Ritter says. "I feel like songs do that in their own little way. They're probes: they go out into the world, and sometimes you hear stories back from them, but really, they go off on their own."
Ritter, too, is sending back messages, in the form of 10 new songs that are atmospheric and impressionistic. Like the recently launched Webb Telescope, or Voyager all those years ago, he's looking for signs of life, reaching for a sense of commonality, something that feels universal in this infinite universe. Spectral Lines, his 11th album, finds those shared experiences in songs that push beyond the bounds of Ritter's previous work. Recorded with longtime collaborator Sam Kassirer producing, it's an album full of wonder and light as Ritter considers the ideas of love, devotion and what it means to be connected, to each other and to ourselves.
In addition to his work as a musician, Ritter is also a national best-selling author, having released two novels to date: 2021's The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All and 2011's Bright's Passage. Stephen King wrote in The New York Times Book Review that Bright's Passage "shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime…This is the work of a gifted novelist."