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It's been nearly three years since Ian Cooke (due tonight at the Larimer Lounge) released The Fall I Fell and proceeded to blow everyone's minds with his inimitably expressive vocal style, dexterous cello playing and remarkably affecting songs.

In the intervening years, he's quietly gone about his way, guesting on a few records -- perhaps most notably on Forfeit/Fortune by Crooked Fingers -- and played some shows on his own and occasionally with a band.

All along, fans have been eagerly (and patiently) awaiting Fall's inevitable followup. Good news: The wait is almost over. Cooke is currently in pre-production, sorting through more than thirty song ideas, the majority of which, confides Ian O'Dougherty -- who's co-producing the record with Bob Ferbrache at his studio and Absinthe -- are piano-based.

"While some are heading into prog-rock-Queen territory," reveals O'Dougherty, who's also playing on the record with bassist Whit Sibley and drummer Sean Merrell, "others are much more classically influenced, using only cello. As a whole, the songs and sounds will be much more diverse than those on The Fall I Fell. We hope to have it out this summer."

In the meantime, you can download a demo of one of the songs being considered for the new album (recorded live in one-take at a show in San Diego), then catch Cooke with his band at the Larimer Lounge next Friday, February 19TONIGHT, with Laura Goldhamer & the Silver Nail and the Tanukis.

MP3: "

Kingdom

" by Ian Cooke

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