Retribution Gospel Choir / 3 - 4085698
Retribution Gospel Choir’s third full-length record, aptly title, 3.
Released: January 24, 2013
Low / Songs for a Dead Pilot - 4064387
1. Will The Night
3. Born By The Wires
4. Be There
6. Hey Chicago
Released: August 15, 1974
Mudhoney / Vanishing Point - SP1020
25 years in, Vanishing Point decisively affirms that, even in an age where only the newest of the new can survive (and even then, only for a few weeks at best), Mudhoney still have plenty to say and more to offer. These are songs written from the rare vantage point of a band who went through the rock ‘n’ roll meat-grinder and not only lived to tell such a tale, they came out full of the wisdom and dark humor such a journey provides. Vanishing Point is filled with dread, psychoanalysis and Nuggets-on-fire riffs; the sort of real, uninhibited rock music that is harder and harder to locate these days. With Vanishing Point, Mudhoney make it easy.
Released: April 2, 2013
C.S. Yeh / Transitions - 4000373
Having rattled the hinges with last year’s “In the Blink of an Eye” 7-inch, C S Yeh (C. Spencer Yeh) flings open the door and steps inside with Transitions, his first full-length album of songs after years of establishing himself as one of Earth’s top humans in experimental music and unbound improvisation, both alone and in collaboration, on record and onstage.
The effect Transitions has on you may or may not depend on your familiarity with Yeh’s past work; regardless, his path in music has always been about and rather than or. And the addition to his catalog of work that Transitions represents is nothing short of startling: songs that flit between sculpted guitar riffs and measured, just-shy-of-lush synth-pop; wry lyrics delivered in guileless tones; the remarkable fact that Yeh made every sound on the record. All the same, his most ardent fans will have little trouble understanding the move and recognizing this distinct voice. Its plainspoken confidence and intrepid spirit are as present as when he’s carving drones or emitting speckled and serrated noise; Transitions is simply a different form of Yeh’s unmediated expression. As you’d guess, for a career outside guy really coming inside for the first time, Transitions involved quite a bit more behind the scenes strategizing than it would for some indie band on its third album. Think of how English can sound so jarringly beautiful on the tongue of non-native speakers: Everything fits even when, maybe especially because things might seem ever so slightly off. Thus we have a new language of melodies, ones of a spirit with say, Slapp Happy, but which wouldn’t sound out of place on a Magnetic Fields record. Ultimately, the pop heart on display is characterized by the artful mind behind it — and besides, when we say pop are we talking popular, or populist? Perhaps the space we’re trying to sketch here could be found between the artists covered on Transitions: Father Yod and the Spirit of ‘76, and Stevie Nicks. Perhaps citing the varied examples of Jim O’Rourke, Dave Gahan and the aforementioned Peter Blegvad in artful songcraft could be useful (whether or not they were inspirations). Perhaps we’re not talking about a space at all, but instead a particular sort of freedom in a music landscape defined by cages and enclosures. Questions, questions — what do we know, we’re only observers. All that’s really clear is that C. Spencer Yeh is transitioning into, not away from.
Released: November 30, 2012
Robust Worlds / Emotional Planet - 4000372
Chris Rose’s Robust Worlds has impressed us since first glimpse. He was actually barefoot, if you can believe that, and his set had the feel of a way more lysergic Kevin Ayers. It was freezing fucking cold and I’m pretty sure he wore a Hawaiian shirt. His debut LP is called Emotional Planet, and it’s deceptively simple. Voice, guitar, some noisey shit, whatever. His playing is sick — fluid, unforced, warm, soothed and soothing. It’s a bath you don’t want to exit. Seriously, if yr going to play guitar, play it like he does. With a trick in his back pocket and a Heavy Moon on his mind, Rose utilizes the sort of neo-noir narratives that you hear thru Neil Michael Hagerty, James Jackson Toth, Kurt Vile and other keen observers. Handguns, b&e, two-lane black tops, love, lust, and hard drugs. Life: summed up !
Released: November 30, 2012
Pissed Jeans / Honeys - SP1029
Age and four full-lengths haven’t mellowed Pissed Jeans; they can still unleash a blare that will exfoliate your cochlea. Formed in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Pissed Jeans released Shallow, their first album, in 2005 on Parts Unknown Records. The band relocated to Philadelphia seven years ago, and Sub Pop released Hope for Men in 2007, and then King of Jeans in 2009. The latter was recorded by Grammy nominee Alex Newport, who also recorded Honeys.
Age and experience have, however, refined Pissed Jeans. Their ideas and execution have become more subtly focused. The songs on Honeys are direct without being obtuse, evocative without being vague, personal without being indulgent. They also rock like nobody’s business. Forget all the claptrap you’ve heard about other bands delivering the goods. If you want bloodthirsty, you’ve got it… At times Honeys is the sound of being bashed over the head with a snow shovel. At times the band slows down and sounds like waking from a nightmare you can’t quite remember. The songs are catchy, but in a way that would appeal to mental patients who only understand colors.
Honeys stews on the kind of mundane, niggling things that keep you up late at night. It’s an ode to the misery and shackles of being a responsible adult, and the shame of one’s own narcissism. Pissed Jeans trucks in menacing songs about insecurity, and nobody has ever done it better.
TAKE NOTICE! The colored Loser edition seen in some photos above is long gone, but the glorious black vinyl is still available & worth your hard-earned cash all the same!
Vinyl LP comes with a digital download code inside the sleeve.
Released: February 12, 2013
The Ruby Suns / Christopher - SP1026
Travel through the desert of pop long enough and, no matter the odds, eventually you’ll find an oasis. And it just might be frozen.
When The Ruby Suns’ main mover Ryan McPhun alighted in Oslo, Norway in the winter of 2010, he knew he’d found an artistic haven. He’d always been a musical wayfarer, collecting sounds and styles from his travels around the globe, depositing them into three knockout Ruby Suns albums (2006’s The Ruby Suns, 2008’s Sea Lion and 2010’s Fight Softly). Amidst Scandinavia’s icy architecture, fjords and indomitable gloss-pop, McPhun found the inspiration for Christopher.
Christopher is an album about starting over, but not necessarily moving forward. It’s a breakup album, but not necessarily a sad one. The Christopher referred to in the album title is part of an Auckland-based inside joke that we’re on the outside of. To you and me, Christopher is a metaphor: He’s that awkward, hormonal menace from when you were young and foolish and eager for everything. The story of Christopher mirrors McPhun’s coming of age: After a childhood spent in nerdy isolation, hiding away in his bedroom with his guitar while his older sister hosted high school ragers in their parents’ Ventura, CA home; after leaving home; after splitting from his long-term girlfriend and bandmate, McPhun has stopped thinking so much and joined the party.
McPhun and A-list engineer Chris Coady (Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Gang Gang Dance) polished Christopher to an opalescent sheen, yielding the kind of expensive-sounding, future-leaning ear candy typically in the province of Top 40 radio.
Christopher‘s opening song-floating on synths and ecstatic dancefloor energy-details McPhun’s inebriated encounter with his musical crush, Robyn, at a music festival. “Flower among the leaves is what you are,” he sings, his sheepish grin practically bursting out of your speakers, “cold glass of water in the desert of pop.”
Takes one to know one, Ryan.
If you pre-order Christopher, you’ll receive a limited-edition bonus seven inch featuring two very unique remixes of album track, “In Real Life.” Also, if you pre-order Christopher on LP, you’ll receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the record. Both of these opportunities are a while-supplies-last opportunity, so act quickly.
Released: January 29, 2013
Black Marble / A Different Arrangement - SBL-73063
A departure from Weight’s calculated coldwave formalism, A Different Arrangement surveys a wide variety of sounds, from radiant, bouncing ebullience to layers of sentimental synth melodies and Stewart’s resonant, reverb-smeared baritone; at times so distinctly manipulated and sculpted as to be otherworldly. All LPs include a download code.
Released: October 9, 2012
Mogwai / A Wrenched Virile Lore - SP1033
Mogwai and Sub Pop proudly present A Wrenched Virile Lore, a companion piece to Mogwai’s Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will album. A Wrenched Virile Lore includes remixes from artists at the cutting edge of today’s electronic and experimental music world. The 2xLP vinyl edition is on colored vinyl and is limited to 2,500 copies.
Released: 2012-12-04 (CD), 2012-11-23 (2xLP)
Low / The Curtain Hits the Cast - 4064383
Reissue of Low’s long out-of-print 1996 full-length on 2xCD and 2xLP. Featuring five bonus tracks.
Released: October 1, 2012
Unnatural Helpers / Land Grab - SBL-73040
Unnatural Helpers churn out hit songs like allergic sneezes, but they also are culled from the ditches of modern society, stolen from the ranks of working class yahoos. Pain, Doubt, Fear, Hate, Anger, Guilt, Regret, ad nauseum: it’s all here. Recorded in Seattle with Kurt Bloch and Eric Randall.
All LPs include a download code.
Released: September 25, 2012
Recorded at Olympia’s Dub Narcotic Studios, Falling is the second full-length LP from Seapony, and an album primed for autumnal enjoyment, handily conjuring the placid atmosphere of a Northwest summer’s twilight days. While remaining a record of disarming grace, Falling injects palpable rock energy into Seapony’s patented sun-kissed sound. All LPs include a download code.
Released: September 11, 2012
Modest Mouse / The Lonesome Crowded West - SBL-80044
Popular record by popular Northwest band.
Released: November 18, 1997
Canada’s METZ are a return to everything that’s good about loud, ecstatic live music; a frantic nod to Nation of Ulysses, Shellac, The Pixies, The Jesus Lizard, and Public Image Ltd. at their most vicious, while carving out some heavy new business. METZ have been around for over three years, sharing stages with Mission of Burma, Mudhoney, Oneida, and NoMeansNo. METZ, the band’s self-titled and formidable debut full-length was produced by the band and recorded by Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) and Alexandre Bonenfant. Both live and here on this record, METZ articulate with deafening clarity what we’ve known for some time: The world of good music needs a new power trio, and this is it.
The LP will come with a digital download code.
Released: October 9, 2012
METZ White T-Shirt Bundle
METZ “Drums” T-shirt + METZ CD or LP
METZ Black T-shirt Bundle
METZ “Cover” T-shirt + METZ CD or LP
Fergus & Geronimo / Funky Was the State of Affairs - SBL-73057
Fergus & Geronimo return with Funky Was the State of Affairs, a sixteen-track weirdo-opus about aliens, mind-control, conspiracy theories, and intergalactic courtship. Also: numbers, symbols, parties, Heather Strange, and LSD. Get with it, clone drone! All LPs include a download code and come housed in a fancy old-school tip-on jacket.
Released: August 7, 2012
Sera Cahoone / Deer Creek Canyon - SP1005
Sera Cahoone is a long way from home. Growing up the daughter of a dynamite salesman in the Colorado foothills, she got her start on the drums at 11, and at 12 her mom was taking her to dive bars to sit in with the scruffy old bluesmen. By the time she picked up a guitar, she had been so shaped by these things – the dynamite, the blues, the woods and the hills – it’s no surprise she went on to be one of the strongest songwriters in Seattle’s ever-vibrant Americana scene.
Since migrating to Seattle in 1998, she has played with Carissa’s Wierd, Band of Horses, Betsy Olson, and singer-songwriter Patrick Park. She released her solo debut in 2006, and her widely acclaimed Sub Pop debut Only as the Day Is Long in 2008.
Deer Creek Canyon, her third solo album, sees her ruminating on the gravitational pull of home. Titled for the Colorado canyon where she came of age, where her mother still lives, Deer Creek Canyon delves deeper and sees her voice remarkably stronger than on her past albums. Where her previous efforts explored the complicated throes of dark emotions, this album is more richly focused. Home is even present in the more personal songs struggling with various facets of love and friendship (“Worry All Your Life”, “Shakin’ Hands”).
Deer Creek Canyon was recorded in 2012 at Bear Creek Studio in Woodinville, Wash., then headed to LA where Sera co-produced it with Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Vetiver). True to her sensibilities, she enlisted the talents of her long-time live band – Jason Kardong, Fielder, Jonas Haskins, Jason Merculief, Sarah Standard – plus Tomo Nakayama on piano and organ, and Emily Ann Peterson on cello.
All these things contributed to Cahoone singing from a firmer foundation this time around, trusting the simplicity, bending against the elements like those trees in Deer Creek Canyon. Listen closely, the music feels like home.
Pre-order Deer Creek Canyon on CD or LP by September 25th, and you’ll get a limited edition 7" featuring two non-album tracks,“Dog Song” by Sera Cahoone, and “I Like to Fuck” by Toby and Skeeter (Featuring Sera Cahoone and Jason Kardong). Also, if you pre-order the album on vinyl LP, you’ll receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of Deer Creek Canyon. Maybe you picked up on the fact that both of these things are limited, so order quick!
Released: September 25, 2012
Wet Hair / Spilled Into Atmosphere - 4000378
Hey kid, need a lift? Like, right up off the ground? Spill into Atmosphere is the freshest whitecap in the crashing-upward wave known as Wet Hair, the Midwestern duo-cum-trio that’s been holding it down for years as a multi-stop repeat-shop-‘n-hop psych-pop pin-drop right there in the dead center of everything and/or nothing, Iowa City. The Wet Hair discography having spired itself to a respectable vantage – shared releases with such powers as Rene Hell, Naked on the Vague and Peaking Lights, both via frontmensch Shawn Reed’s Night People imprint and others – Spill into Atmosphere becomes the band’s second full-length with De Stijl. There is motion here, oh yeah – circling swirls of lighter-than-air energy, born aloft on propellers of foam yet anchored to earth with thunder-clap rhythms and Reed’s heady bellow. Spill into Atmosphere gives you that feeling you had when you finally mastered the controls on your hovercraft: You’re both in it and above it.
Augmenting the core of singist-synther Reed and drummer Ryan Garbes is Justin Tye (replacing Matt Fenner, from previous album In Vogue Spirit-era), no mere third wheel but Wet Hair’s very own sort of Peter Hook (not counting all the Judas stuff), his unique melodic signature flying in formation with the band’s but also peeling off into flights that relate to the silk wheels of the synths but compliment them, guide them, support and distort and report to them. No longer is the only way up – the only way is every way. And from this altitude, Wet Hair can hear for miles.
Released: July 26, 2012
Samara Lubelski / Wavelength - 4000376
First Lady of Winds and Stars Samara Lubelski returns to her once and future label home for her sixth album, Wavelength, and the spheres harmonize at the news. Wavelength comprises a dozen new arrowed whispers, Samara’s feathery touch on guitar and microphone now so at balance with the elements that the whole, her music and the air it enters, become inseparable. Don’t be fooled by the persistent “psych-folk” labels she gets — oh, they may be accurate as far as modern usage goes, and that scene is now as it was then, but Wavelength is an electric record through and through: Everything comes to life in light, the guitar speaking in radiant strums and felt-tip leads, her violin calling up everything that glows and grows in the dark. Funny how Nature always seemed to work everything out fine on Her own before we showed up, huh?
Wavelength was engineered and recorded by Samara herself at Sumsilobatem in Germany, aside from the drums being set down by Aaron Mullan at Echo Canyon; Nicolas Vernhes mixed at Rare Book Room. While Wavelength arrives three years after her previous studio LP, Future Slip (Ecstatic Peace), trust that Samara’s been busy in the since, playing violin all over the map (and a fair ways off it) with Thurston Moore’s band; sharing stages and an album, Sunday Night, Sunday Afternoon (on Graham Lambkin’s Kye label), with Marcia Bassett; adding to Unrock’s series of live CD-R’s in 2010; and having hand and wand in countless engineering projects. Samara has been a quietly reliable presence in New York’s underground realm for a good many years; if you’re in music in NYC and haven’t crossed paths with her, we think you might be doing it wrong. But a Wavelength is always there for you, all you need do is get on it.
Released: July 25, 2012
Codeine / Barely Real (REISSUE) - 4010799
2xLP+CD reissue of this classic Codeine record originally on Sub Pop, but reissued in 2012 by Numero Group.
Released: June 26, 2012
Codeine / The White Birch (REISSUE) - 4010797
The White Birch is Codeine final release, originally on Sub Pop in 1994, it finds the band it its most realized form. Codeine, and scene peers Galaxie 500, would prove to be a hugely influential act in a genre that would be labeled “slowcore” by music writers and exasperated listeners that had heard nothing of the like before. Codeine’s unique use of somber snail paced minor-key chord progressions, melancholic vocals and quiet/loud/quiet approach to guitar driven rock that never got too heavy, inflected a discordant melody yet never got to light. This NYC group would prove more along the lines of Slint, Rodan and Bastro and other early 90’s groups coming out of the Louisville, KY scene. Yet Codeine infused this lock-tight see-sawing of quiet moody tension building with huge bursts of guitar strum drenched in distortion and pounding drums that transformed songs to epic walls of sound that were as terrifying as they were heart felt. These high quality reissues are further testament to the power contained with in these tracks and the importance of one of the early 90s seminal acts. These records are long overdue for the reissue treatment and we can thank the fine folks at Numero Group for doing them up in such a breath taking manner.
Released: July 10, 2012
Codeine / Frigid Stars (REISSUE) - 4010798
Frigid Stars is Codeine’s first full length album, originally released on Sub Pop in 1990, finds the group setting up their sound of churning guitars, bass propelled song structures and simple yet hard-hitting drum work that finds the songs switching between quiet morose verses and distortion soaked explosions of slo-mo heavy sonics. Codeine, and scene peers Galaxie 500, would prove to be a hugely influential act in a genre that would be labeled “slowcore” by music writers and exasperated listeners that had heard nothing of the like before. Codeine’s unique use of somber snail paced minor-key chord progressions, melancholic vocals and quiet/loud/quiet approach to guitar driven rock that never got too heavy, inflected a discordant melody yet never got to light. This NYC group would prove more along the lines of Slint, Rodan and Bastro and other early 90’s groups coming out of the Louisville, KY scene. Yet Codeine infused this lock-tight see-sawing of quiet moody tension building with huge bursts of guitar strum drenched in distortion and pounding drums that transformed songs to epic walls of sound that were as terrifying as they were heart felt. These high quality reissues are further testament to the power contained with in these tracks and the importance of one of the early 90s seminal acts. These records are long overdue for the reissue treatment and we can thank the fine folks at Numero Group for doing them up in such a breath taking manner.
Released: July 10, 2012
The Helio Sequence / Negotiations - SP910
Negotiations, the fifth full-length album written, recorded, and produced by The Helio Sequence, would sound different had it not been for a flood. In 2009, while touring in support of Keep Your Eyes Ahead, singer-guitarist Brandon Summers got an unexpected phone call in the middle of the night. Back home in Portland, OR, the band’s studio/practice space was under nearly a foot of water. Heavy rains had caused the building’s plumbing to overflow like a geyser. But Summers and drummer-keyboardist, Benjamin Weikel, were lucky: All of their best equipment was either on tour with them, or racked high enough off the studio floor to be spared.
Still, the band needed a new home. After three months of searching, Summers and Weikel settled into a 1500-square-foot, former breakroom-cafeteria in an old warehouse. They no longer had to work their recording schedule around loud rehearsals by neighboring bands, but were free to create late into the night in uninterrupted seclusion. With twice the square footage, the space also had room for more gear, a lot more gear. They decided to use this opportunity to try something different.
Summers and Weikel, who started playing together in 1996 and self-produced their first EP in 1999, have always been gearheads. But it wasn’t until the success of Keep Your Eyes Ahead that they could afford to step things up: The duo spent months (and many hard-earned dollars) retooling their studio. They left behind much of the cleaner-sounding modern digital studio equipment and instruments they’d always relied on, and embraced vintage gear that would color their recordings with a warmer, deeper sound: Tape and analog delays, spring and plate reverbs, tube preamps, ribbon microphones, and analog synths.
As the new studio came together, so did the songwriting. It proved to be the most spontaneous, open, and varied writing process they had ever experienced. Weikel, who was listening to minimalist/ambient composers like Roedelius and Manuel Goettsching, had created dozens of abstract synth loops of chord progressions and arpeggios. The two would put a loop on and improvise together with Summers on guitar and Weikel on drums, recording one take of each jam. Other songs like “One More Time”, “October” and “The Measure” quickly formed from rough one-minute sketches by Summers, while the down tempo “Harvester of Souls” was completely improvised musically and lyrically in a single take.
Tempering the free form approach to writing was Summers and Weikel’s meticulous attention to production and arrangement. Taking cues from the spaciousness, subtlety, and detail of Brian Eno and late-era Talk Talk records, they moved forward. Listening to the recorded live jam sessions, they set to work transforming the ditties into actual songs. “Open Letter,” “Silence on Silence”, “Downward Spiral” and the title track — some of the spacier, mesmerizing songs on Negotiations — came together in this way. Summers’ one-minute demos were brought to life in collaboration by Weikel spending weeks working on sound treatments and synth landscapes to enhance the songs.
Lyrically, Summers affirmed the improvised ethos, working deep into the night ad-libbing alone in front of the mic, abandoning pre-written lyrics and instead preferring to create in the moment. His delivery was largely inspired by the starkness and understated romanticism of Sinatra’s Capitol era “Suicide Albums”, imparting a more introspective and personal tone. “I used to view a lyric as a statement,” he says, “Now, I see it more as a letter you’re writing to yourself or a conversation with your subconscious.”
This collection of shimmering, reverb-heavy songs is a meditation on those inner dialogues (hence, Negotiations) with solitude, memory, misgivings, loss, atonement, acceptance and hope. Most of all, it’s a record that serves as a testament to the beauty, blessing, and excitement of a fresh start.
Vinyl includes an mp3 download.
If you pre-order Negotiations from SubPop.com or buy it from select retailers on CD or LP, it will come with a quadrophonic companion CD called Aces. Aces is meant to be played simultaneously with Negotiations on two different stereo systems to create an enhanced spatial experience.
Also, if you pre-order the LP from SubPop.com (or pick it up a select independent retailers), you’ll receive the Loser Edition of the record, a limited, colored-vinyl version of the record. In this case, clear with gold flecks. Both Aces and the Loser Edition are limited, so get on it!
Released: September 11, 2012
Austin’s Jennifer Moore and Adam Jones are truly one-of-a-kind. For years you’ve known them as YellowFever, but now, know them as Deep Time. The same singular brand of oddball art-pop is still here, striking as ever, with a new name and renewed energy. Listen in and join their psychedelic coccoon. All LP include a download code.
Released: July 10, 2012
David Kilgour / Here Come the Cars - 4000377
A year after the Clean’s reunion LP Vehicle (also their first proper album ever) put them back on the international-pop radar in 1990, guitarist David Kilgour retreated with his new Revox tape machine (which he’d been singing about rapturously in his side-project Stephen and elsewhere: “Have you seen my new tape machine?!”) and cut his first solo album, Here Come the Cars, issued by Flying Nun in 1991. From the jarring cover image of David through to the last note, Here Come the Cars is a special pop album, even on a label that had no shortage of them. A sparkling gem cloaked in achingly atmospheric production (courtesy of Nick Roughan), Here Come the Cars has haunted us since its release — it’s just one of those albums that exists outside of time, the opening chords of the title track never fail to draw you out of the world you’re in and into its own magical space. The album was remastered and rereleased on CD by Flying Nun in 2004, but has never before been on vinyl — which De Stijl is happy to rectify here in 2012.
Released: July 9, 2012
Poor Moon is a band comprised of longtime friends Christian Wargo, Casey Wescott, and brothers Ian and Peter Murray. And Poor Moon is the title of their full-length debut. Before there was a band or a record, there was a series of songs forged by Christian Wargo over several years. That’s one of the things that makes Poor Moon sound so special: this band grew out of the songs, not vice-versa.
“I’ve known Christian for so long, and have loved his songwriting as long as I’ve known him,” says Wescott. The two men previously played together in Pedro the Lion and Crystal Skulls; both are members of Fleet Foxes.
Assorted timbres decorate these ten originals-marimba, harpsichord, fretless zither-but this isn’t everything-but-the-kitchen-sink arranging. Thoughtful, impassioned vocal harmonies further reinforce the myriad musical bonds at play. And while these songs cover some of the most tumultuous episodes in Wargo’s life, they handle even the heaviest topics, including death, addiction, and spirituality, with a certain lightness. “There’s often a paradox between what a song sounds like and what we’re actually talking about,” adds Ian Murray.
Poor Moon was produced and recorded by the band at Highland House, Fastback Studios and Avast! in Seattle, Washington. The album was engineered and mixed by Jared Hankins and mastered by Bernie Grundman (Michael Jackson, Queen, Prince).
All LPs come with a download code.
If you pre-order Poor Moon, you’ll receive a limited edition Poor Moon 7"! While the supply of these things lasts!
Released: August 28, 2012
Magic Trick / Ruler of the Night - SBL-73053
Ruler of the Night is acclaimed songwriter Tim Cohen’s second LP under the Magic Trick portmanteau. Together with vocalists Noelle Cahill and Alicia Vanden Heuvel (Aislers Set), and James Kim (Kelly Stoltz’s band), Cohen has crafted a lush, absorbing, and alternately uplifting and devastating pop tapestry. All LPs include a download code.
Released: June 12, 2012
Broken Water / Tempest - SBL-73060
The Olympia three-piece Broken Water— a sometimes noisy, sometimes droning, often pretty and subtly poppy band—is very much a product of its hometown. After a number of shape-shifting releases, the band has managed the rare feat of evolution in the service of a signature sound, wild experimentation that ultimately works as a harness, locking down the music’s unique and idiosyncratic internal logic. Tempest is their second full-length LP and first for Hardly Art. Recorded at Buzz or Howl studios with Stan Wright. All LPs include a download code.
Released: May 29, 2012
Husky / Forever So - SP999
You probably haven’t heard of Husky before now. That’s because compared to most musicians in this era of uninterrupted connectivity and non-stop self-promotion, the Australian quartet might as well have crafted their debut full-length atop the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. With its warm, acoustic timbres and carefully crafted songs, Forever So is the sound of a band that from its inception cared more about making one sublime album than acquiring a million followers on Twitter.
Husky is front man Husky Gawenda and keyboard player Gideon Preiss — cousins who grew up together — plus bassist Evan Tweedie and drummer Luke Collins. Though the four band members have disparate tastes, their shared passion for classic sounds, rich harmonies, and artful songwriting points back to the artists they grew up on: Crosby Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan, the Doors, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, the Beach Boys. After playing separately in small local bands, the foursome began playing as Husky in late 2008. In a junk-filled bungalow behind Gawenda’s rented house, using borrowed equipment and siphoned electricity, they cobbled together a studio. They used every corner of the little cottage – bathroom, kitchen, corridors – to preserve the vibe of that unique time and place and give instruments and voices room to breathe, echo and resonate. Forever So is a fullly-realized album that holds up start-to-finish, from catchy opener “Tidal Wave,” with its hum-along harmonies and surprise psychedelic midsection, to the understated, intertwined brass parts that conclude “Farewell (in 3 Parts).”
Husky took their recordings to Los Angeles to be mixed by Noah Georgeson (Devandra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, The Strokes). Shortly after completion, the band entered the track “History’s Door” into a contest conducted by Australia’s Triple J radio network to find the nation’s next great-unsigned band — and won! Before they even had a manager, Husky’s finely-wrought music was being promoted from coast to coast.
And now you’ve heard about Husky. Spread the word.
If you pre-order Husky’s Forever So by July 10th, you’ll receive a free Husky tote bag. Also, if you pre-order the CD or LP, you’ll receive an instant download of the entire record!
Released: July 10, 2012