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Aaron Freeman (aka Gene Ween) announces debut solo album

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     Aaron Freeman (aka Gene Ween) announces debut solo album

    For the past 25+ years, Gene Ween has been one of the “brothers” making up experimental eccentrics Ween. Now, for the first time, he’s dropping the pseudonym and going solo. Though his new album is being released under his given name, Aaron Freeman, the music’s not actually his. Instead, the 13-track Marvelous Clouds features Freeman paying tribute to the songs of poet/songwriter Rod McKuen.

    McKuen was a part of the 1950’s beat poet scene in San Francisco. From there, he rose to become an accomplished singer, poet, and songwriter, crafting songs for likes of Frank Sinatra to Madonna. With Marvelous Clouds, Freeman hopes to “prompt a reappraisal of McKuen,” who has lived a highly private life in recent years.

    To achieve his goal and help “articulate one of his most personal efforts to-date” through McKuen, Freeman enlisted the help of Ben Vaughn, producer of Ween’s 12 Golden Country Greats. Tapping Vaughn makes sense; the solo effort leans far more towards Golden Country then, say, anything else Ween has ever done. You can hear a sample of Marvelous Clouds with a 30-second clip of the track “Jean” below, followed by a clip of McKuen performing his original of the title track.

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    Aaron Freeman – “Jean” (sample)

    Rod McKuen – “The Marvelous Clouds”

    Marvelous Clouds is out on April 10th from Partisan Records. The complete tracklist is below

    Marvelous Clouds Tracklist:
    01. As I Love My Own
    02. Jean
    03. Marvelous Clouds
    04. A Man Alone
    05. The Beautiful Strangers
    06. Doesn’t Anybody Know My Name
    07. One By One
    08. Pushing The Clouds
    09. The Lovers
    10. Mr. Kelly
    11. Love’s Been Good To Me
    12. Lonesome Cities
    13. The World I Used To Know

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