Title - 'Zebra Crossing'
Artist - Fernando Perdomo
For those not in the know, Fernando Perdomo is an American singer-songwriter, musician, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer.
Originally from Miami Beach, Florida, he has co-produced Linda Perhacs' second album The Soul Of All Natural Things which holds the record for longest span of time between first and second records (44 years).
Zebra Crossing is the eagerly anticipated fourth full length album by Perdomo, guitarist and bassist of The Dave Kerzner Band and Jakob Dylan's Echo In The Canyon Band.
1. 'I'm Here'
2. 'Sometimes I Feel Nothing at All'
3. 'Find Love (Hold on)'
4. 'We Were Raised with Headphones On'
6. 'Not Meant to Be'
9. 'Crown of Stars'
11. 'Zebra Crossing'
12. 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'
The album was predominantly recorded at Abbey Road Studios and features all new original titles building up to a beautiful cover of 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' featuring Diane Birch, Shawn Lee, and Jason and Daphna Rowe.
Indeed, Zebra Crossing also features songwriting collaborations with Zak Nilsson (son of Harry Nilsson), Cyndi Trissel, and Beach Boys lyricist Stephen Kalinich.
The album kicks off with the jangling guitar work of 'I'm Here' and backs that up with a more Americana feel to 'Sometimes I Feel Nothing at All,' before the first single, 'Find Love (Hold On)' (featuring Danny Ayala and Megan Zeankowski, formerly of The Lemon Twigs as well as Ken Sharp) gently comes a-knockin'.
The mid-tempo ballad 'We Were Raised with Headphones On' is one of my personal favorites, and is backed by the stoically precise guitar workings of both 'Somehow' and 'Not Meant to Be.' The piano-led beauty 'Smile' tries to be as joyous and as breezy as it sounds, but comes across purposely pained and that's followed by the laid back 'Sundays' (featuring Stephen Kalinich).
The mid-tempo, slow American roll of 'Crown of Stars' is heartfelt storytelling at its finest, and then the album comes to a close with 'Home,' the upbeat guitar work of the title track, before rounding out with the aforementioned George Harrison cover, 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' (plus guests).
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