“This one was written the summer I moved to New York City. I thought of it as a country ballad as I was writing it. It ended up having some interesting rhythms and flavors. My grandmother came downstairs to my parent’s basement as I was recording the guitar, and she was into it.”
You may not know Max Shrager by name, but there is a strong chance you have heard some of his work in collaborations with the likes of Sharon Jones and Lee Fields to Lana Del Rey. He most recently caught our eye with his new band The Shacks we highlighted just last week and have a debut EP and full-length on the way soon. Additionally, the 20-year-old also recently released a EP compilation, Thoughts of You, he calls “the best of everything I’ve done as a solo artist up to this point” featuring tracks spanning the past 5-6 years.
As you can imagine based the previously mentioned collaborations, he pulls from sounds rooted in yesteryear and recorded in analog to present the full rich, retro experience. Needless to say given his enviable experience at such an early age, there is something very special in his work and it might not be more evident than with the song and EP title track “Thoughts of You” spilling with sentimentality and warmth that is a rare commodity in modern music. The video, directed by Leon Michels, completes the aesthetic utilizing old footage of pin-ups blended with grainy footage of Max crooning the tune. The EP is available for purchase now via Big Crown Records.