Both brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner recently worked on Taylor Swift’s new folklore LP, while frontman Matt Berninger is gearing up to drop his first-ever solo record this fall. Now, drummer Bryan Devendorf is joining in on the fun, as he’s just surprise-released his debut solo album, Royal Green.
Per a statement from the percussionist, this new effort was co-produced in Brooklyn with Nate Martinez. National bandmate Aaron Dessner contributed to the record, as did frequent National producer and arranger Josh Kaufman. Royal Green also looks to be Devendorf’s official solo moniker, as that’s the artist name credited across all streaming platforms.
The eight-track collection consists of original pieces, in addition to classic cover songs. Devendorf notably tackles The Beatles’ “Baby You’re a Rich Man”, Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams”, and “If Not for You”, a tune originally written by Bob Dylan and later covered by George Harrison. As Stereogum points out, there’s also Devendorf’s version of “Halo Chagrin”, a long-lost National rarity.
Stream the entire thing below via Apple Music or Spotify.
Royal Green Artwork:
Royal Green Tracklist:
02. If Not for You
03. Breaking the River
04. Baby You’re a Rich Man
05. What If You Are the Sick Passenger
06. Halo Chagrin
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Hey everybody, I’m happy to share some news: today I’m releasing my debut album, ROYAL GREEN, with sound designer (and musical soulmate) Nate Martinez — @natemartinezsound …. The record features maverick covers of Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, and Bob Dylan, and five original songs with lyrics and melodies by Pope Rathman. Check out the link in my bio to listen and/or preorder the vinyl. 💚💚💚💚💚 Also appearing on the album are: @kaufyismynamo @lsliclen @aarondessner and many, many thanks to these folks for helping to bring this little thing to life: @distantstation @brycedessner @greengloves777 @djamesgoodwin @straightxnarrow @alechanleybemis Painting of Nate & me in France by: @pratorhurst