Louis Prince is the moniker of Orange County, CA artist Jake McMullen, and serves as the new platform for his debut record, Thirteen.
Influenced by 50’s and 60’s Jazz, French New Wave cinema and the stream-of- consciousness literary styles of Jack Kerouac and Joseph Conrad, Thirteen feels more like a product of the Beat Generation mid-century Greenwich Village than of Music City. The Southern roots are there too in the neo-folk spirit of later Bob Dylan and the existential exploration of generational malaise in Robert Altman’s film, “Nashville” or Walker Percy’s Southern Gothic classic, “The Moviegoer.”
Pushing back against the modern convention of singles-based releases, Thirteen is an album in the classic sense, with a beginning, middle and end and a central theme. Exploring the human struggle of fear in the face failure and the role of friendship in maintaining sanity, Thirteen in a search for catharsis in the midst of the madness, the sadness and the hope of life.
Digital release date: March 13, 2020
Vinyl: 180 gram on black
The Number Thirteen
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