Mark Eitzel-Dont Be a Stranger

Mark Eitzel : Don’t Be a Stranger

Mark Eitzel-Dont Be a Stranger

For over 10 years, singer-songwriter Mark Eitzel was leader of the seminal underground band American Music Club. With his latest solo album, Don’t Be a Stranger, he continues his journey through the landscape sound of laid-back jazz-rock.

Recalling at times a mellower and less ironic Donald Fagen, Eitzel’s albums never fail to put the listener in a soothed-out, blissful mood. Don’t Be a Stranger is one of those albums you put on after dinner as you curl up in front of the fireplace with a good book and a glass of scotch. Tracks like “I Love You But You’re Dead” and “Costume Characters Face Dangers in the Workplace,” though jauntily named, play like they were written by a new generation’s Leonard Cohen.

On Don’t Be a Stranger, Mark Eitzel continues a career steeped in irony, mellow grooves and wordplay that makes you smiley and misty-eyed all at once.

Don’t Be a Stranger is out now on Merge Records.