Man Forever Returns With “Play What They Want” LP (Feat. Laurie Anderson, Yo La Tengo & More)

BROOKLYN - DEC 9: Portrait of John Colpitts. (Photo by Landon Nordeman)

Man Forever, the project of drummer John Colpitts, has announced the release of his new album, Play What They Want, which is due May 19th via Thrill Jockey. Propulsive, elaborate drum arrangements (created with TIGUE Percussion) remain essential to Man Forever – on the songs of Play What They Want, they are augmented by voice and melody with contributions from Laurie Anderson, Yo La Tengo, and Mary Lattimore to name a few.

In his 25 year career, which has seen stints in acclaimed acts such as Oneida, Boredoms, White Hills and Spiritualized, Colpitts has honed his craft to gain a reputation as one of New York’s most acclaimed percussionists. Play What They Want represents the culmination of his quarter century of musical engagement. The album also features appearances by Phil Manley of Trans Am, harpist Brandee Younger, bassist Brandon Lopez, pianist Sam Yulsman, Ben Lanz (Beiruit, The National, Sufjan Stevens), and the Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble.

While John Colpitts’ previous albums have expanded on the possibilities and limitations of drums and percussion, this new album “redefines the project in myriad ways. Building on a complex rhythmic foundation, Man Forever created an album that is innovative, imaginative and joyous. Play What They Want is a rare record of untamed ambition that hits all its marks.”

Man Forever will also be touring in support of Play What They Want, including shows in The Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Belgium, The UK and The Netherlands. A full tour schedule can be found below.

Man Forever EU Tour – May 2017

17.5.17 // Prague, CZ // Underdog’s Ballroom and Bar
18.5.17 // Pardubice, CZ // Dub Gallery
19.5.17 // Poznan, PL // LAS
20.5.17 // Nuremberg, DE // Hemdendienst
21.5.17 // Brussels, BE // Magasin 4
22.5.17 // London, UK // Cafe OTO
23.5.17 // London, UK // Morning: Workshop at Cafe Oto Project
23.5.17 // Brighton, UK // The Prince Albert
24.5.17 // Antwerp, BE // Het Bos
25.5.17 // TBC, NL // TBC
26.5.17 // Berlin, DE // Donau 115

Play What They Want cover
Play What They Want Tracklist:
1. You Were Never Here (featuring Yo La Tengo)
2. Ten Thousand Things
3. Debt and Greed
4. Twin Torches (featuring Laurie Anderson)
5. Catenary Smile

Photo Credit: Landon Nordeman
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