David Picco / Live It Down
Release Date: Feb. 26, 2021
Genre: Americana, Alt-Folk
Songs by David Picco (MAPL/SOCAN)
Produced by David Picco and Mark Feener
Mixed by Mark Feener in St. John’s NL
St. John’s, Newfoundland singer/songwriter David Picco returns with Live It Down, his hypnotizing sixth full-length album, recorded in his hometown with Mark Feener and an all-star cast of players.
Live It Down finds Picco veering away from the gritty alt-country sound of his acclaimed 2019 album Out Of The Past, and experimenting with looser, Kurt Vile-esque vibes. The change is partly a reflection of Picco’s experience during pandemic restrictions, with the album’s nine songs written over a three-month span in 2020.
Live It Down embraces an exciting new world of sonic possibilities for Picco, an evolution that has been playing out since the mid-‘00s when he was a member of the roots rock band Jet Set Motel. From there, he became a familiar face within the Toronto roots rock scene, working closely with producer Don Kerr (Rheostatics, Ron Sexsmith) and cult hero songwriter Kyp Harness.
Following his move back to St. John’s in 2015, Picco released the album Start Again, which was warmly embraced by CBC Radio. Out Of The Past built on that success, being hailed by Americana UK as “a rock-infused country [album] with echoes of The Velvet Underground.”
“I guess you could say that Live It Down is about coming to terms with the fact that life never turns out as planned,” Picco says. “I would describe it as contemplative, but musically I was going after something more dream-like and ethereal.”