Composer Joachim Cooder, who’s already known for his contributions to soundtracks like Lars and the Real Girl and Dead Man Walking, not to mention his work with legendary guitarist (and dad) Ry Cooder, has added another project to his name. Cooder shows off his percussionist talents on a new collaborative project called Love On A Real Train, which features vocal and multi-instrumental contributions from seven other musicians, including singer-songwriter Robert Francis and former Decemberists violinist Petra Haden.
The first cut off the album, Strike Up Your Matches, features vocals from professional skateboarder turned Brushfire Records signee Matt Costa. According to Cooder, who sent the album collaborators multiple instrumental tracks they could choose to sing over, Costa chose an incomplete track with a Tahitian choir sample and created an eerie 19th century cobblestone street oil lamp-oriented summer jam. Check out the lush, softly retro track below.
Love On A Real Train’s self-titled debut arrives April 3 via Aeronaut Records.