“sounds like an artist really coming into his own…” 4/5
‘…mind-boggling in scope, laugh out-loud-funny, wonderfully moving…’ 4/5
Observer Music Monthly
“A brilliant modern singer-songwriter record, full of wit and musical variation”’
With his previous album of anarcho-punk covers '12 crass songs' still making waves (4 stars in Rolling Stone, the Guardian, Mojo, Uncut and many others), Jeffrey Lewis has somehow managed to find the time to record his best album yet. Part folkie, part indie-rocker, part comic book artist, with comic / tragic lyrics straight from the heart, and guitar style ranging from finger picked roots to outer space swoops, Jeffrey Lewis has worked on and off in between tours to spin an 11 song production that seems to reflect a love of the last 40 years of popular music, all filtered through Jeff's unmistakable idiosyncratic muse. Mostly tracked on classic analogue tape at Brooklyn's Emandee studios with engineer and co-producer Mark Ospovat, Jeff's usual band of drummer Dave Beauchamp and bassist / brother Jack Lewis are joined at various times by friends and acquaintances including french indie-heroes Herman Dune and american banjo troubadour Emily Lacy, and the album even features a lead guitar cameo from Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis. with 2009 barely out of the gate, 'Em Are I' is making an early bid for album of the year. Ignore the growing cult of Jeffrey Lewis at your peril; there is simply nobody else out there who occupies the aesthetic world he has created. this new album features another beautiful sleeve package designed and illustrated by Jeffrey himself.