Andy Kim Teams Up With Kevin Drew – Arts and Crafts Announces Release of “It’s Decided”
Andy Kim of “Sugar, Sugar” fame and Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew make the past contemporary in new musical offering Itâs Decided.
(Toronto, CN) January 13, 2015 — Arts and Crafts records today announces the upcoming release of the Andy Kim, Kevin Drew collaboration, Itâs Decided, to be released on February 24, 2015.
Itâs Decided transcends the many years of history within it. Andy Kim, the legendary songwriter and recording artist, renowned for 30 million records sold worldwide, with eternal #1 hits like âRock Me Gentlyâ, “Baby, I Love You”, and The Archiesâ âSugar, Sugarâ, has captured a vibrant new sound.
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Surrendering to what Kim calls âthe Magic & the Brilliance of Kevin Drewâ, songs with the impeccable intuition of a Hall of Fame songwriter shimmer with Drewâs studio brilliance.
Andy adds, âAlthough I’ve always held a childlike belief that my day was not yet done
I never expected to live the love & passion that Kevin gave me & the creative process that has become my new album.
An early supporter of the release, Rollingstone.com said, âFor the first time in the Montreal nativeâs roller-coaster career, he’s presenting himself less as an aspiring pop idol and more like your cool indie-rock uncle. The seasoned songwriter who once hustled his way into the Brill Building compound of Jeff Barry â with whom Kim authored the Archieâs classic “Sugar, Sugar,” 1969’s biggest hit â has found an unlikely ally in his current comeback bid: Kevin Drew of Toronto art-rockestra Broken Social Scene.
Co-written and produced by Broken Social Sceneâs Kevin Drew and produced by Drew,
Dave Hamelin (The Stills), and Ohad Benchetrit (Do Make Say Think), Itâs Decided is the crystallization of a creative music community around a living, thriving legend.
Lead by Andy Kimâs wisdom, through his stunningly youthful vocals, the albumâs ten songs are further accented by luminaries Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies), John McEntire (Tortoise), Ron Sexsmith and Jeff Barry.
âSail Onâ coasts on handclaps and a perfect chorus. The wistful âShoot âEm Up Babyâ, originally released by Kim in â68 with âSugar, Sugarâ co-writer Barry, shows glimpses of the original’s ethereal doo-wop through bright new chiming piano.
From an interview with Pitchfork.com, Kevin said, âIt’s not a sugar-pop record. This is a man who is singing about his mortality, moving on, getting older and the idea of trying to connect to an audience who’s possibly lost their parents or are dealing with friends going away. Andy’s really hitting something with that.â
The albumâs closing song, âWho Came Firstâ, was rewritten from the Social Scene archives and took on new and vibrant life once Andy Kimâs lyrics were added. The song shuffles upward with that familiar Broken sound of low, syncopated saxophone with Kimâs lyrics weaving in between a musical stew and then back again to a simple chorus. This collaborative effort is yet another example of the wide-eyed reinvention that is Itâs Decided.
As Drew says, this is âAndyâs heartfelt want to still make it even though many would say his history is enough.â Gentle and enigmatic, ageless and ecstatic, Andy Kim always looks to transcend and find the honesty in what he does and does with others.â
Why Can’t I
Shoot ‘Em Up, Baby
Heaven Without A Gun
(I’ve) Been Here Before
Who Came First
February 24th, 2015