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I&R is the creative playground for multi-instrumentalist Josh Cournoyer’s sonic exploration. Combining the rootsy songcraft of a six-year Nashville stint and the ambient existentialism of his New England upbringing, the loose collective has been in a state of constant evolution over the past four years. 2019’s debut full length, Bankrupt City, was called “one of the year’s best local records” by No Country for New Nashville. It featured a range of guest musicians, including Joe Pisapia (Guster, kd lang), Mike Poorman (Hot Rod Circuit), MorganEve Swain (The Devil Makes Three), Arun Bali (Craig Finn), Zac Clark, and was engineered by Logan Matheny (Chuck Berry). Returning to Nashville after a tour in summer of 2019, Cournoyer apprenticed under Pisapia as an assistant engineer at Middle Tree Studio. The beginning of 2020 saw I&R’s return to Providence, holing up in an empty Airbnb during the springtime lockdowns to write a follow-up. He further developed his production skills, shipping in an array of analog recording gear to begin work on his sophomore LP.  Keep the Sun in Your Eyes was entirely written, performed, engineered, and mixed by Cournoyer over eight months in isolation, and set to release in 2022.

Oct 10
Robert Finley
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