(Photo: Ninelle Efremova)

Singer-songwriter Kevin Devine has signed to Razor & Tie. His new full-length, Between the Concrete & Clouds, will be in stores on September 13, 2011 via Razor & Tie / Favorite Gentlemen; Devine will also be heading out on a headlining tour this fall with the Features. (First-leg tour dates are below.) You can download the album's title track right here! A press release from Razr & Tie gives more details:

Between the Concrete & Clouds is a record full of firsts for Devine, both sonically and technically.  Perhaps best known for his solo acoustic musings, this is the first record he's made that is fully backed by a band.  After settling back home in Brooklyn after being on tour for most of 2009 and '10, Devine spent time in his rehearsal space playing around with ideas on his own, bringing shape to the songs by recording them as acoustic demos, something he hasn't done since high school.
Produced by longtime collaborator Chris Bracco and mixed by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith, Dr. Dog), Between the Concrete & Clouds was recorded in 10 days over a span of a month.  The 10 track album features musicians Brian Bonz (keyboard), Chris Bracco (bass, keyboard), Mike Fadem (drums, percussion), Russell Smith (electric guitar), and Mike Strandberg (guitar, mandolin).  This is the first recording Devine's done with his version of his band, and it had an inspired impact on the final product.  
“The combination of Chris and Rob on this record kind of marries the best aspects of everything I've tried to do over the past ten years,” Devine says. “I tried to explore a bit musically and make an album that still has a lot to chew on, but serves it with a scoop of ice cream. I took the lyrical density of what I typically write – which are not- simple stories about not-simple people, or what I feel life is most accurately like – but give them more of a traditional pop structure.”

Tour Dates:

Sept 6 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club AE
Sept 7 – Akron, OH – Musica
Sept 8 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
Sept 9 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
Sept 10 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House
Sept 11 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
Sept 13 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
Sept 14 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
Sept 16 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon Lounge
Sept 17 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
Sept 19 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Will
Sept 20 – Upland, CA – The Wire