The Old Ceremony, the North Carolina-based quintet fronted by singer/songwriter Django Haskins, are one of those talented bands that never popped up on my radar despite churning out a handful of consistently excellent albums over the past decade. Shame on me for not knowing anything about them before sublime sixth full-length “Sprinter” came my way a few weeks back.
“When you make a lot of records with the same group of people, the challenge is to make each one a little different from the last one,” Haskins notes. “Having made a bunch of records that were completely under our own control, this time we really wanted to make more of an effort to include other people’s input. That definitely required us to let go to a certain degree.”
With producer Mitch Easter at the controls, The Old Ceremony have outdone themselves on “Sprinter.” There isn’t a misstep to be found on the 39-minute platter, but pay extra attention to standouts “The Sprinter,” “Live It Down,” “Magic Hour,” “Over Greenland,” “Fall Guy” and “Go Dark.” Highly recommended. (Jeffrey Sisk)