Romantica (Record Release Show)

Feb. 4
8 p.m.
Americana, Rock, Singer-Songwriter

We haven’t heard from Romantica in a while. The local Americana band’s last album, Control Alt Country Delete, dates all the way back to 2009. But this Saturday, the many-membered group will release Shadowlands, a dreamy, 14-track album recorded over two weeks in a barn in southern Minnesota. Irish expat, frontman, and songwriter Ben Kyle breathes new life into Romantica with contemplative lyrics and velvety vocals while Tony Zaccardi (bass), Danger Dave Strahan (guitar), Ryan Lovan (drums), Aaron Fabbrini (pedal steel, dobro), Jayanthi Kyle (backing vocals), and Peter Schimke-McCabe (piano) create lush sonic layers. “That’s what I wanted to remind myself [of]: to listen to my heart and not be so easily swayed by culture,” Kyle tells City Pages of the songwriting approach on Shadowlands. “It’s particularly relevant with our current political climate.” The band promises “special guests” for Saturday’s release party at the Fitz.