There’s an old adage in music circles about how an artist has their whole life to write a first album, and then a year or two to write the second. For The New Colors, the solo project from Worcester native David Falcone, there’s no need to worry about that second part just yet — he’s too busy getting out the album he’s spent his whole life creating.
That album, Many Moons, is out this Friday, November 5, fueled by its lead single, “Idiocy,” and spotlight track “In My Dreams.” For Falcone, the LP and its varied styles and sounds, glowing across a spectrum of psych-pop and alt-country, is a culmination of a life spent writing and creating music, collaborating with others (he is currently the drummer in Adi Sun’s band), and slowly finding his creative voice. And as the album swirls in themes of dealing with adversity, failed relationships, and life’s seemingly endless string of setbacks, what ended up bringing these songs to light after years of being stored away as rough demos on his iTunes was the fallout from one of Falcone’s darkest days: the death of his mother.
He received the call early one morning in May 2019, and the musician-by-night, airline-pilot-by-day remembers it like yesterday.
Falcone got to work. He bought recording gear and microphones, and the longtime drummer and guitarist added production skills to his repertoire. He’d spend hours on YouTube learning about music production and engineering, becoming familiar with audio interfaces and all the backend work that would go into a DIY approach to making an album. Taking his arsenal of demos and pieces of songs from voice memos that date back decades and combining them with new material he had written — songs about dreams, fatherhood, failed relationships from his past — the debut album from The New Colors was finally coming into view.
Titled Many Moons because, in a sense, it has taken so long for these songs to be presented in the context of a full album, Falcone recorded the LP in a soundproof eight-by-seven build-out space in the basement of his father’s triple-decker in Worcester (the final mix would take place in an empty apartment in that same building), and produced it at his home in Auburn and countless hotel rooms across the country while traveling for work. In a rare outreach, Many Moons was mastered by Chris Bethea at Muscle Shoals Mastering in Florence, Alabama (“I used to fly small turboprop airplanes into Muscle Shoals,” notes Falcone, “and would explore the area on layovers.”)
That includes the album’s lead single “Idiocy” and spotlight track “In My Dreams,” two pieces of music that link The New Colors’ psych-pop and indie rock leanings with jangly alt-country and Americana authenticity. Other tracks, like the stomping “No Means Yeah” and sprawling album closer “Hurry,” delve into more alternative rock territory. All 13 tracks ache and turn with Falcone’s weathered sentiments about his past shortcomings and how they shape him into the person, the husband, and the father he is today.
Elsewhere, Adi Sun plays a lead guitar solo at the end of “A Simple Gift,” and the late, great Nashville based pedal steel player Michael Douchette performed on a couple of tracks (“Idiocy” and “Don’t Count on Me”) before his unexpected passing in December 2020.
While “Idiocy” is fairly straightforward in its theme — “it’s about being AN IDIOT! Plain and simple. I wrote that song while being on the backside of an on-again/off-again relationship in my 20s,” says Falcone — other tracks, like “In My Dreams,” are more open to listener interpretation. It’s fitting for the dream-like, ethereal quality that permeated the entire album.
It may have taken Falcone a lifetime to arrive at this moment. But now that he’s here, he’s finally looking ahead.
All songs written and performed by David Falcone
Adi Sun (guitar) appears on “A Simple Gift”
Michael Douchette performs pedal steel on “Idiocy” and “Don’t Count on Me”
Lou Falcone performs the saxophone on “Idiocy”
Many Moons was recorded in the basement of a triple-decker in Worcester, MA; produced at home by Falcone in Auburn, MA; and mixed in an empty apartment in Worcester, MA
Many Moons was mastered by Chris Bethea at Muscle Shoals Mastering in Florence, AL
Falcone and Adi Sun collaborated on the album art