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Love RemainsSince the release of his debut Love Remains in 2010, Tom Krell has crafted a reputation as one of America's most original, focused and beguiling young songwriters with his releases: the haunting, glacial neo-soul of 2012's Total Loss; 2014's sensual but sincere What Is This Heart?; and most recently with the beaming pop evident on 2016's Care.1. You Hold the Water
2. Ready for the World
3. My Body
4. Suicide Dream 2
5. You Won't Need Me Where I'm Goin'
6. Can't See My Own Face
7. Walking This Dumb
8. Date of Birth
9. Escape Before the Rain
10. Endless Rain
11. Lover's Start
12. Mr. By & By
14. Suicide Dream 1$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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What Is This Heart?Arriving two years after the haunting, glacial neo-soul of 2012's much-loved Total Loss, Tom Krell - under
the moniker How To Dress Well - will release his third album "What Is This Heart?". Since the
release of his debut Love Remains in 2010, Krell has crafted a reputation as one of America's most original,
focused and beguiling young songwriters and "What Is This Heart?" nds How To Dress Well at the top of
Merging ever surprising production choices and aesthetic detail with a sensual but sincere R&B inuence
and a deep, grounded emotionality, "What Is This Heart?" is the next step in Tom Krell's unique and
searching artistic trajectory and asserts him as an artist of great courage, taste and craft. Its twelve songs
were conceived and written during months of grueling international touring and realized with producer
Rodaidh McDonald (Vampire Weekend, The xx, Savages, Adele) in Berlin, and the result is an ambitious
21st century pop album that takes inuence from artists as varied as Prince, Lou Reed, Burial and Tracy
More condent, daring and open than any How to Dress Well release thus far, "What Is This Heart?" is at
once Krell's most deeply personal work and also his most universal in resonance. It is a record that delves
into the core of the psyche and touches on themes of isolation, loss and existential anguish, but in the end
nds redemption in the innite possibilities of love. The songs tackle ideas of anxiety, fear, lack of control,
nightmare, death, pain, pleasure, pride and shame, trust and commitment with an honesty and intimacy
that is rare in the modern age.1. 2 Years On (Shame Dream)
2. What You Wanted
3. Face Again
4. See You Fall
5. Repeat Pleasure
6. Words I Don't Remember
7. Pour Cyril
8. Precious Love
9. Childhood Faith In Love (Everything Must
Change, Everything Must Stay The Same)
10. A Power
11. Very Best Friend
12. House Inside (Future Is Older Than The Past)$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Wild SongsEstasy is the musical alias of Rome, Italy-based installation and performance artist Emiliano Maggi.
After a few cassettes and CD-Rs, Estasy is releasing its full-length debut, Wild Songs, on Acephale (SALEM, Elite Gymnastics, How To Dress Well).1. Daymoves
2. Buried Me
4. I Saw A Chapel Of Gold
5. It's A Hard World For Little Things
7. Locus Solus
8. Wild Wants
9. Haunted Love$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Oh, YuckIt's alt-pop in the same world as Flume or How to Dress Well, morose and triumphant and serene all at once. - PopMatters
Damien Verrett was never comfortable with one single identity. As So Much Light, his nom de production, the Sacramento-based musician is able to assume multiple personas, elegantly weaving all of his skills and interests into one project that brings self-fulfillment musically but also ideologically.
Verrett has created a socially conscious full-length debut, Oh, Yuck. Utilizing both organic and electronic sounds, Oh, Yuck is wrought with textural soundscapes grounded by programmed orchestral compositions, sprightly guitar lines and thrashing drums--productions that are never overambitious or dense, but purposeful with each synth layer, each woodwind arrangement.
So Much Light unites the electronic indie charms of Toro Y Moi and Flume with the courage and swagger of R&B stars like Neyo and The Weeknd. By seamlessly combining soul with exceedingly intelligent and thoughtfully-arranged production and textures, Verrett has expanded the boundaries of conventional genres. Part observational poet, emotive melodist, inventive sound designer and detail-oriented perfectionist, So Much Light is without a doubt the total package.1. New Game
2. Little Fanfare
3. Full Body Mirror
4. Love That Never Fades
5. Stomping Ground
6. Be Afraid
7. Idiot Soul
8. Artificial Sweeteners
10. Deep Down
11. Ultra Sunrise
13. Game Over
14. Let it Absorb You$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Feel InfiniteLuckyMe proudly present the debut album from Jacques Greene - "Feel Infinite". At its heart, 'Feel Infinite' is a world of music connected to the utopian idea of club culture - music about the club, rather than specifically club music in and of itself. Written over the course of two years, this debut album is the purest, most personal expression of the Jacques Greene sound and emotion created by the born and raised Montreal artist, renowned for collaborating and remixing Tinashe, Radiohead, Sampha and Shlohmo.
Jacques Greene is the enigmatic, young artist who broke out of a generation of independent electronic labels Uno, 3024, Night Slugs and LuckyMe as a genre-defining producer and DJ (via 2011's 'Another Girl' - one of Pitchfork's Songs of the Decade, 2013's underground favorite 'On Your Side' ft. How To Dress Well and 2016's undeniable summer anthem 'You Can't Deny'). Jacques Greene crafted a musical blueprint that inspired a generation who were raised on, and looked to bring together the intersection of contemporary music growing up in the 90s: hip hop, RnB, house and techno.
"The essence of the record is to draw emotions and moments that above all, feel human within the context of dance music," says Jacques Greene of his highly anticipated debut album, 'Feel Infinite'. "I want it to be celebratory of all that we feel and do and experience - the beautiful, the good, and the bad."
In 2016, Jacques Greene released the surprise single 'You Can't Deny' to acclaim and adulation, a beautifully undeniable, soulful techno record, followed up with 'Afterglow', a euphoric club record - both of which are included on the album alongside a further nine stunning tracks.
Includes a fold out poster with new & exclusive artwork by Hassan Rahim1. Fall
2. Feel Infinite
3. To Say
4. True ft. How To Dress Well
5. I Won't Judge
6. Dundas Collapse$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
6 Feet Beneath The MoonSix Feet Beneath The Moon is the long-anticipated debut album from Southeast London's King Krule.
Archy Marshall aka King Krule broke out two years ago, at the tender age of 16 with his eponymous
EP released on True Panther. King Krule's sound, a
hypnotic mixture indebted to working class British
song-smiths like Billy Bragg as much as NY No-Wave
and hip hop carries a maturity and depth far beyond
his years. The EP's lead single, "Noose of Jah City"
found a great deal of success on BBC's Radio 1,
and brought Archy praise from Pitchfork, The NY
Times, FADER and numerous other publications. His
music has also won him fans among today's young
music elite - Mac Miller, Frank Ocean and Tyler, The
Creator are all supporters, collaborators and fans.
Six Feet Beneath The Moon takes the potential
evident in the EP and blows it out of the water.
Across 14 tracks Archy expertly weaves incredible
stories of London life, his own relationships and
experiences with the swagger of a street poet, all in his incredibly distinct smoky baritone. The album, recorded mostly near Archy's South London
home with producer Rodaidh McDonnell (The XX,
Savages, How To Dress Well) is stark but incredibly
rich - painting with a palate full of hip hop, jazz, no-wave and poetic influences.
The album shares the electric confidence of some of last decade's most important debuts - Arctic
Monkeys' Whatever People Say I Am, That's What
I'm Not', The Streets' Original Pirate Material and
Dizzee Rascal's Boy In Da Corner. It is somehow
both a perfect summary of a young man's life in a
particular part of London and a universal, deeply
moving and compelling statement. Most importantly,
it is the flag ushering in a new and important musical voice that is sure to be with us for quite some time.1. Easy Easy
3. Has This Hit
6. Baby Blue
8. Lizard State
9. 'William, Here I Come
10. Ocean Bed
11. Neptune Estate
13. Out Getting Ribs
14. What Is There To Say?$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Santa Rosa FangsSanta Rosa Fangs is a stirring, stunning, and cinematic look and listen into the sometimes autobiographical, sometimes fictional journey of the venerable California musician Matt Costa through the tangled groves and grapevines of his home state.
Throughout the album's twelve songs, Costa illuminates what he has learned and how he has grown in the past 15 years of his career. His music has taken him around the world, allowing him to work with diverse, respected artists and to connect with people everywhere-from his albums released on Brushfire Records to recording with Belle and Sebastian in Glasgow, to penning film scores and releasing a variety of genre-bending EP's, and to finally coming home to Los Angeles's Dangerbird Records for his first new proper full-length release in nearly five years. A rebirth in a sense, through his keen pop sensibility, studious songwriting, technical mastery, and a modern-meets-vintage sound bursting with bite, Costa has recorded the album of his career, one sure to reach new shores and sailors alike.
"In the past 15 years of my career, I feel I've continually been breaking through, speaking out, and reaching different people," Costa says. "If one of my songs connects now to someone who didn't connect before, then we have a dialogue together. That's the point of music, to have that dialogue and tell a story, and to entertain with a sound that has depth."
He began the recording of Santa Rosa Fangs over a year and a half ago, though some songs here predate that mark. Over the past few years, Costa had challenged himself to explore new terrain, from the acoustic-fingerpicking/lo-fi garage/experimental sounds of 2015's EP's to the acid-washed and reverb-laden soundtrack to the film Orange Sunshine to another complete album that never saw the light of day. Realizing he sought a collection of dyed-in-the-wool songs rather than sonic experiments, in July of 2017 he and producers Peter Matthew Bauer (The Walkmen) and Nick Stumpf (French Kicks) entered a studio to begin work.
"There's a difference when I sit down to write sonic textures and when I sit with a guitar or piano and write a song," he says. "These new songs went back to a traditional sense, and when stripped back to their purest form, they still work. They tell a story, the melodies aren't leaning on anything, and they make instrumentation around them come to life in a new way, but their core is strong. My goal for the EP's was to develop conceptual ideas, making each one in a short period and with their own concepts; Orange Sunshine was a bigger exercise in that. Now, this record is all of those things I was exercising come into their own. It's more of a visualized record that takes you into the world of the Santa Rosa fangs."
The tale of Santa Rosa Fangs centers around a young woman named Sharon, her two brothers Ritchie and Tony, and their story of love, loss, and coming of age in a timeless yet contemporary California. It is replete with long distance love affairs and nostalgic romances woven through the loom of tragedy and time. Interestingly, rather than setting out to create a specific narrative, Costa began noticing a theme in the new songs as he wrote them: an unconscious embodiment of the surroundings in which he himself had grown up. According to Costa, the titular teeth refer to that inescapable feeling of a romantic, tragic, and eternal bite that certain places and events will always hold on us.
"I've interwoven my own stories into a fictional idea of what 'Santa Rosa Fangs' is, from my own time spent living in Northern and Southern California and years driving up and down the coast, seeing the landscape and where life can pull you within one state," Costa says. "It is all these things-the 'bite that is eternal, the smile in the neon'-and it has fangs. They stick with you: the romantic, the tragic, all that. It's the characters' story and my story, too, contemporary but still tortured by the past. It's a window into a time period but spoken as if it's the present. The beauty of love and loss doesn't have a date on it; it's timeless."
The album follows the siblings as they search for love and meaning in their lives, which are ultimately cut short by the passing of both brothers in unrelated accidents. Sharon, left battling with her own mortality and forced to see through a shattered lens, becomes the story's grieving, guarded hero and, as Costa says, is "a little bit me, and a little bit everyone." Similarly, the origin of the characters has one foot in reality and one in the ether. The song "Ritchie" is based on a true family saga, as two of Costa's cousins were twin brothers who died within a year of each other in motorcycle and car accidents in the early 1980s. Likewise, "Phosphorescent Letter" is the story of a local friend's daughter who endured a long-distance, online relationship with a boyfriend in Australia; in that dramatic situation Costa saw a through-line for Sharon's tale. "Because she is so tortured by loss she's afraid of love, so she sets herself up for a distant relationship, illuminated on her phone," he says. "It's a real-love thing that happens frequently these days."
Other concrete inspirations found their way into Santa Rosa Fangs as well. Costa imagined his creations in a setting similar to that of a Jim Jarmusch film, with dramatic events unfolding around them as they attempt to go about their daily lives as earnestly as possible. He also cites Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska as an influence for its songs and characters as well as its moments of sparseness. Like that iconic record, the cover of Santa Rosa Fangs is a stark black-and-white photograph tinged with deep red text, featuring three youths running along a freeway overpass. It's not clear whether the trio-Costa's real-life Orange County neighbors-are sprinting for joy or to escape some unknown entity; Costa hints that to him they are running away from the grabbing hands of time. "The song 'Time Tricks' is about that, too: it's inevitable and coming for you."
Costa also found inspiration in working with Bauer and Stumpf, whom he had previously admired from a distance and whose music resumes he respects greatly. "I really connected with Pete and Nick and took their lead on several ideas," he says. "That's why you partner with someone-you want their input. I shaped things a little differently by listening through their ears than I would have otherwise." Costa cites "Real Love," an upbeat, heavy tune written in 5/4 time, as such a moment of collaboration. Originally intended as an acoustic song, he was encouraged by his producers to approach it from a fresh direction. "I had done that sort of thing before, a Nick Drake, fingerpicking type thing," he says. "Pete and Nick inspired me to take it to a new place. To write a driving rock song in 5/4 is a real challenge, but I had the basis in my pattern and we all drove it home with a really strong beat. On my own I might have stuck with a simpler take, but it felt good to tackle some new ground."
In another circumstance, Costa again came up with two variations of the same song, but rather than being forced to choose between the two, he simply used both. As a result, "I Remember It Well" bookends the album, first as a rollicking, piano-driven number that sets the record's tone and pace, and second as a sparser, quiet version to end it. The latter was the initial version and was also the first song written for the album some four years ago. "That song is both the entrance and exit to this world, and also shows the process of how you can take a song, do it two ways, and both can be impactful and give you different feelings."
No matter how his process or approach may change-in the present moment or in any era of coming-of-age throughout his decade-and-a-half-long career-Costa recognizes that one unique thing in his work will always stay the same: his perspective. "Essentially, what it comes down to is this: I sit down with a guitar, and these are songs," he says. "I've worked hard to understand how to produce them in certain ways. You can try to dress up a song and put a different sound to it, but if the song isn't that kind of song then it's not going to work. I've had to exercise both of those qualities equally-to know how to develop these sounds sonically, and then when I know sonically where I want it to go, I have to write to that. I guess that knowledge comes with 15 years of songwriting experience. I couldn't have made this record any other time than now."
For Matt Costa, the world of Santa Rosa Fangs is the past, present, and future of his life all rolled up into one long stretch of sunlit California coastline.1. I Remember It Well
4. Pacific Grove
5. Santa Rosa Fangs
6. Time Tricks
7. Coming Around
9. Phosphorescent Letter
10. Windy Smile
11. Real Love
12. I Remember It Well #2$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Phantom Thread (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)Jonny Greenwood's score to Paul Thomas Anderson's new feature film, Phantom Thread, is releasing via Nonesuch Records.
Phantom Thread is set in the glamour of 1950s post-war London, where renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants, and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock's life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.
With Phantom Thread, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey and the women who keep his world running. Phantom Thread is Anderson's eighth movie, and his second collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis. The film's soundtrack includes eighteen compositions by Greenwood. It was recorded in London with a sixty-member string orchestra conducted by Robert Ziegler and is featured more prominently in the film than any of Greenwood's scores have been before. The Phantom Thread score was nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA awards and has received the Best Score prizes from film critics' associations in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, and St. Louis.
The composer spoke to Variety about the process of creating a score that reflected the film's romance and glamour: We talked a lot about '50s music, what was popularly heard then as well as what was being written and recorded. Nelson Riddle and Glenn Gould's Bach recordings were the main references. I was interested in the kind of jazz records that toyed with incorporating big string sections; Ben Webster made some good ones. Greenwood continues, The smaller groups, and solo players, work like close-ups [and] not necessarily to accompany [a] visual, but rather, to focus your attention on and make you feel directly engaged with the characters. The bigger orchestral things often worked best for drawing you back to see the bigger situation.
Anderson and Greenwood's previous collaborations include the soundtrack for Academy Award-winning There Will Be Blood (2007), The Master (2012), and Inherent Vice (2014), all released by Nonesuch. Indiewire says of their collaboration: Paul Thomas Anderson fans are well accustomed to how instrumental Jonny Greenwood's music is to the auteur's body of work. Whether it's the foreboding strings in There Will Be Blood or the discordant percussion in The Master, Greenwood's original scores expertly capture Anderson's tones. This fact is especially true in Phantom Thread, which marks the fourth collaboration between Anderson and Greenwood.
Widely known as the guitarist for Radiohead, Jonny Greenwood is also a highly respected composer. In addition to the Anderson film soundtracks, Nonesuch also released his score for Norwegian Wood, his collaboration with Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, and his performance of Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint. Most recently, the label released Junun-a collaboration between Greenwood, composer/musician Shye Ben Tzur, and a group of Indian musicians called the Rajasthan Express that was recorded in the fifteenth-century Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, India. Paul Thomas Anderson came along to document the sessions. The resulting impressionistic film, also entitled Junun, debuted at the New York Film Festival, before screening at several other international festivals.1. Phantom Thread I
2. The Hem
3. Sandalwood I
4. The Tailor of Fitzrovia
6. Boletus Felleus
7. Phantom Thread II
8. Catch Hold
9. Never Cursed
10. That's As May Be
11. Phantom Thread III
12. I'll Follow Tomorrow
13. House of Woodcock
14. Sandalwood II
15. Barbara Rose
16. Endless Superstition
17. Phantom Thread IV
18. For the Hungry Boy$32.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Moody CoupCo La is the primary project of musician and producer Matt Papich, whose
explorations of sample-based electronic music have culminated in Moody
The emotional palette of Moody Coup, Papich's second album and rst for
Software Recording Co., is more complex than its exuberant predecessor
Daydream Repeater (NNA Tapes 2011). Where that record's relentlessly
bucolic tone drew from the saccharine core of reggae, exotica, and 60s girl
groups, the bedrock of Moody Coup is elusive and abstract.
The various genre coinages that have been tagged to Co La's music before
- new exotica, Avant-luxury, furniture music, etc. - fail to accommodate the
brainier obsessions behind Moody Coup's genesis. A new brand of alchemy
occurs in the album, where cryptic sources are enhanced and embellished
to a point of transcendence. This departure is the brilliant process o of Co
La's unpredictable electronic music.
Highlights of Moody Coup include Remarkable Features, which
consolidates the prior seismic scope of Daydream Repeater into a dance
oor standout. Deaf Christian transforms a Neil Sedaka doo-wopper into
a mesmerizingly dark House cut, complete with synth chasms and haunting
voice chants (supplied here and throughout the record by Angel
Deradoorian). The meticulously crafted Suspicious ventures into more
calming pastures -- an extra dimensional, dubbed-out take on the Psychic
TV gem by the same name.
At the outset of Moody Coup, Sukiyaki (To Die For) melodically alludes
to the Kyu Sakamoto song Sukiyaki." The original was penned as a
mournful assessment of post-war Japan's relationship to the US, albeit
dressed by Sakamoto as a love song. Ironically, Sukiyaki became a hit
oversees in the US and was later covered by A Taste of Honey. Rather than
translating the lyrics, A Taste of Honey set new words to the original
melody. (Stranger still, the word Sukiyaki itself refers to a Japanese hot
It's important to note that the wide range of reference sources does not
serve Moody Coup as a supercial demonstration of Papich's eclectic taste.
Instead, all of the micro pieces function mosaically, creating an impression
at a macro level that is extremely potent as music as well as concept. Co
La's intellectual obsessions are rooted in questions about how music is
dilated by the cultures who created it and the power structures that shape
those cultures (see Sukiyaki), while his musical obsessions are always
rooted in the sensual, the beautiful and the immediate.
Papich describes the working Co La method on Moody Coup as
"employing the hegemony of delete." He likes to be interrupted, and is
fond of working in places where domestic concerns are on equal terms with
studio practice. Much of Moody Coup was made in the kitchen of Papich's
Baltimore home -- a place where he describes having the "best
interruptions." Assistant to Papich's production was friend Joe Williams,
who programmed and performed all synths. Tracks were additionally
consolidated from eld recordings, samples and composed in Ableton Live
and mixed in Brooklyn at Gary's Electric Studio, located at the Software HQ.1. Sukiyaki To Die For
2. Melter's Delight
3. Remarkable Features
4. Deaf Christian
6. Suspicious (Sandman Fix)
7. Baby's Breath
8. Head in Hole in Space
9. Sympathy Flinch
10. Make it Slay (Barbershop Solo)$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now