FRI, MAR 9, 2007 at 8:30 AM

Hardly Art!

Look – a press release!

For Immediate Release

Jonathan Poneman, founder of Sub Pop Records, has started a new Seattle-based label called Hardly Art. Building on the tradition of many other record labels, Hardly Art will indeed be focused on offering quality records for people to enjoy. Releases will be distributed nationally by both Sub Pop Records and ADA, and its offices will be based in the same building as Sub Pop. The label will be run by Sarah Moody, who previously worked in the publicity department at Sub Pop, and Nick Heliotis.

The first signing for Hardly Art is the Seattle duo Arthur & Yu, whose album In Camera will be released on June 19th, 2007. Comprised of Grant Olsen and Sonya Westcott, Arthur & Yu has made an album that grapples with the idea of growing up and of letting go. With hazy, layered vocals that float over textural acoustics, In Camera is an album made for forgetting and remembering. Drawing sonic inspiration from the Velvet Underground as well as the studio experimentation of Lee Hazlewood, each track is a study in expansion, centered loosely around chiming guitars and swirling melodies. Built upon nostalgia and exuding a certain warmth that is undeniably earnest, In Camera is their debut, and the reason why Hardly Art exists. The tracklist for the album is as follows:

1. Absurd Heroes Manifesto
2. Come to View (Song for Neil Young)
3. Birds
4. Afterglow
5. Lobby Lights
6. A Thousand Words
7. Lion’s Mouth
8. The Ghost of Old Bull Lee
9. Half Years
10. Black Bear

A proper website ( will be up and running in a few weeks. Until then, for any further questions or information, please contact:

Sarah Moody, general manager: (206) 428-1340

Nick Heliotis, general employee:

Posted by Chris Jacobs