Over the past few years the folk-rock offerings of Alex Bleeker And The Freaks have received rave reviews, but never without making mention to the frontman’s ties to Ridgewood, NJ’s own fuzz-pop purveyors Real Estate. Though it’s true Bleeker pops the bass for the aforementioned Garden State-bred collective, his personal project is more than worthy of standing alone, and the outfit’s latest release, Country Agenda, is evidence of such a claim.
Country Agenda, which is set to drop on Oct. 16th via the Sinderlyn imprint, appears to pay a musical debt to the Grateful Dead, which makes sense, as Bleeker’s fandom for legendary the jam band runs runs deep (he reviewed the collective’s Fare Well Shows from Chicago for Stereogum), but its not without his own brand of positive vibes and communal feel, which filtered down to the writing and production of this record.
“This is the first Freaks record to reflect a truly collaborative unit, and it sounds like it,” Bleeker described to Stereogum in August. “In the grand tradition of playfully jammy roots rock [this record] channels heartbreak into an easygoing afternoon lope.”
Stream Country Agenda in full below and pre-order here.