Here's what we wrote for the official press release:
"Jesus Is For Losers is the second full-length Calamateur album.
Calamateur is singer-songwriter / general-noise-maker Andrew Howie’s recording moniker. Based for the last few years in the Highlands of Scotland, Andrew has been recording and releasing his own music since 2000.
One look at the album’s track-listing and you'd be forgiven (no theological pun intended) for thinking it was simply an album of songs about Jesus (historically not the best career move for a singer, Dylan’s “Saved” and Cash’s “Gospel Road” spring to mind). Listen to the record though, and you’ll find a stunning collection of painfully honest songs exploring abandonment, failure, disillusionment and the need to question our inherited values.
Jesus is for Losers features five original Calamateur compositions – including a depiction of a one night stand with the alleged son of God – juxtaposed with covers of songs by American Music Club, Zwan, U2 and The Velvet Underground.
The album has had a slow-trickle release to members of Calamateur’s mailing list over the past few months. The final 3 tracks will be released on the 1st March.
A nine-page digital booklet and full artwork is included.
You can read more about the album as well track-by-track info on Calamateur’s blog here:
And here's what I wrote on my blog:
"Having been raised in a Christian home, and having decided myself to try to follow the teachings of Jesus, I have always had a fascination with songs about him, particularly those that have entered mainstream culture in some way.
I decided to attempt cover versions of a few of these songs and, when I added some re-workings of songs I myself had written about Jesus, I soon had an album’s worth of material.
Here are a couple of the reviews it got:
“The world needs mavericks like Calamateur….this latest offering is typically brimming with invention and considerable skill…it’s utterly engaging and heartfelt… 4/5.” – The List
“It would be too easy, given that Howie has chosen the tunes and arranged them himself, to suggest that his own material is better than that of Bono and American Music Club. But from the blatant pop of ‘Lonely Boy’ which combines gospel and football terrace chant, to the fantastic ‘Talitha K’, Howie himself constantly comes up trumps, putting the covers in the shade. They always say that the devil has the best tunes, but I’m not so sure.” – Is This Music?