Local Support, Key’s most recent album, is the most cohesive record he’s put out to date, taking sonic cues from iconic Muscle Shoals records (most notably Bob Dylan’s much-maligned gospel album Slow Train Coming) and modern acts like Hiss Golden Messenger and Nathaniel Rateliff. “There’s nothing that’s specifically ‘throwback’ about this album, but I think the combination of our looseness and empathy with the songs makes it seem that way,” Key said, “I basically assembled my dream band and gave them free reign. They didn’t just play the songs, they we’re actively listening to each other, to the form, to the room. So the songs weren’t the only thing in conversation. The players were doing their own kind of communion.”
Key plans to release his next album, Wild Azaleas and Other Tall Tales, in 2021, accompanied by short stories and other audio media.