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Captain Of NoneColleen is French multi-instrumentalist Cecile Schott, who uses her voice and the treble viola da gamba (a baroque instrument with gut strings), to weave intricate stories about the human mind and heart. Captain of None is the most melodic album in her repertoire, with fast-paced tracks rooted down by prominent bass lines and assorted percussive effects. It is also an album that breaks new ground for Colleen in terms of production. While previous works centered around sample-based or looped, minimal compositions, on Captain of None Schott significantly changed her approach, setting her viola and her voice as focal points. Captain of None is inhabited by delicately crafted, other-worldly pop songs incorporating dub-inspired techniques.1. Holding Horses
2. I'm Kin
3. This Hammer Breaks
4. Salina Stars
6. Soul Alphabet
8. Captain Of None$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sock It To MeColleen Green's first full-length for Hardly Art, Sock it to Me, is grounded in pure pop. Her multi-tracked, emotive vocals take an enormous leap forward, evoking all-time heroes such as Rose Melberg and Tina Weymouth, with every drum-machine-tracked song awash in the dreamy slacker romanticism of California.1. Only One
2. Time in the World
3. You're So Cool
4. Close to You
5. Sock it to Me
6. Darkest Eyes
7. Heavy Shit
8. Every Boy Wants a Normal Girl
9. Taxi Driver
10. Number One$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I Want to Grow Up
"If you like punk, weed, and lo-fi rock'n'roll then you'll probably love Colleen Green. If you
don't like all of those things, you'll probably still love Colleen Green." -- BUST
"Sharper and more cathartic than it seems." -- Pitchfork
"Stoney punk tracks with yearning, sweet vocals but scathing guitar." --Stereogum
As a prospect it can be terrifying, sad, and worst of all, inevitable. But on I Want to Grow Up, her second
album for Hardly Art, Colleen Green lets us know that we don't have to go it alone.
This latest collection of songs follows a newly 30-year-old Green as she carefully navigates a minefield
of emotion. Her firm belief in true love is challenged by the inner turmoil caused by entering modern
adulthood, but that doesn't mean that her faith is defeated. With a nod to her heroes, sentimental SoCal
punks The Descendents, Green too wonders what it will be like when she gets old. Throughout songs
such as Some People, Deeper Than Love, and the illustrative title track, the listener has no choice but
to feel the sympathetic growing pains of revelatory maturation and the anxieties that come along with it.
Sonically the album is a major change for the LA-based songwriter, who has come to be known for her
homemade recordings and merchandise. Her past offerings have been purely Green; testaments to her
self-sufficiency and, perhaps, trepidation. This time, she's got a little help from her friends: the full band
heard here includes JEFF the Brotherhood's Jake Orrall and Diarrhea Planet's Casey Weissbuch, who
collaborated with Green over ten days at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, TN.
I Want to Grow Up is an experience, not unlike life: questioning, learning, taking risks. And in true CG
fashion, a quote from a beloved 90s film seems the perfect summation: Understanding is reached only
after confrontation.1. I Want to Grow Up
2. Wild One
4. Pay Attention
5. Deeper Than Love
6. Things That Are Bad for Me (Part I)
7. Things That Are Bad for Me (Part II)
8. Some People
9. Grind My Teeth
10. Whatever I Want$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
White Hot MoonAnn Arbor's Pity Sex built the world of White Hot Moon, their second album, inch-by-inch. The band is using the foundation of 2013's celebrated Feast of Love as the framework for something bigger, stronger, and altogether more monumental. Coming off of tours with Ceremony, Eskimeaux, and Colleen Green-including a run in Australia-the band dove into the studio with Feast of Love producer Will Yip to harness that momentum into an album to showcase Pity Sex's growth. And if White Hot Moon wears its ambition on its sleeve, that's by design: the band looked to wide-screen albums by Yo La Tengo and Sonic Youth for inspiration in finding a bigger sound. That shows: Drake and Greaves spin huge webs of sound, anchored in shoegaze but branching off in a dozen directions, from fuzzed-out power-pop ("Bonhomie") to shimmering balladry ("Dandelion") and back again, while St. Charles and Pierce lock into step subtly counterintuitive rhythms and floor-shaking low-end. The result of this playful but dedicated approach to their craft: wherever you visit White Hot Moon, you'll come away refreshed, revitalized, and ready for Pity Sex to guide you along the rest of the trip.1. A Satisfactory World For Reasonable People
2. Burden You
5. What Might Soothe You
7. Nothing Rips Through Me
8. Orange And Red
10. White Hot Moon
11. Pin A Star
12. Wappen Beggars$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lava Diviner (True Story)Though texturally inspired by early new age records like Iasos' Inter-Dimensional Music, and sample-based collage ventures like Colleen's Everyone Alive Wants Answers, Lava Diviner (Truestory) is reinforced with a robust percussive backbone.
Botany, otherwise known as Spencer Stephenson, never resorts to shallow MPC trickery or contrived mixtape clumsiness. Instead, his proto-new age textures float elegantly atop a primal boom-bap pulse to paint a detailed, rhythmic mural that has the scope of a '70s prog rock epic.
"On Lava Diviner, I wanted to conjure that same headspace that artists like Roger Dean, and even Zdzislaw Beksinski project in their iconic paintings," says Stephenson. "I tried to evoke those grand, colourful, surreal landscapes that are mind-bending yet oddly comforting - sci-fi and epic and holy, all at the same time."
Following 2010's quietly applauded Feeling Today EP, Lava Diviner (Truestory) was created at various Texas locations using a jumble of equipment, from aging desktop computers, samplers, guitars, bells, flutes, tape recorders, turntables, violin playing room-mates and much more besides. Guest vocals from Brainfeeder artist RYAT were added to the mix and the final creation was mastered by Matthewdavid (Leaving Records / Stones Throw).
As the product of a lengthy gestation period, Lava Diviner (Truestory) follows Botany on an intensely personal journey as he makes his way home within himself, returning to his celestial centre.
Loosely a concept album documenting a religious sect that prays for a volcano to erupt, Stephenson set out to make a kind of instrumental storybook of an album, using only the emotional tone that his theme might evoke.
However, by the time the record was finished, it became clear that the emotional tone was really coming from own life, rather than any concept or allegory.
"As work on the record progressed, I began to realize that the musical journey was a direct reflection of my most hard-to-quantify life experiences." he explains. "Lava Diviner is about very real transformations in my being, so it's a true story in that sense I always imagined my first album being like a volcano, with years of pent-up emotion and musical ideas bubbling up to a cathartic release. So, I always knew that symbolism would end up being a part of my first full-length."
The volcanic sense of release is palpable. Lava Diviner (Truestory) easily moves past stale tropes of beat-based music, and brings to life a fully-realized, album-length outpouring of profound human emotion.1. Comm.
5. Simple Creatures (featuring RYAT)
6. Cant / Goosemother
8. Small Keys
9. Lava Diviner
11. Sunna / Show Me
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