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Pilgrim (Awaiting Repress)Eric Clapton has metamorphosed from tie-dyed guitar god for a mostly male congregation to Armani-clad crooner and chart-certified ladies' man, yet it misses the point to focus on that transition without considering '90s forays into blues (on From The Cradle, his brilliant 1994 live-in-the-studio homage), techno, and the silky contemporary R&B of Change The World. Pilgrim, his first studio album of new songs since Journeyman, reflects all these facets in his most ambitious, and certainly darkest solo project. Its title isn't casual: These are elliptical meditations on the ravages of time, as preoccupied with matters of the spirit as affairs of the heart. My Father's Eyes opens the song cycle with allusions to the traumatic death of toddler son Conor (the inspiration for '92's poignant Tears In Heaven), while the title song adopts the fevered, falsetto vocal style of Curtis Mayfield to riveting effect. Coproducer Simon Climie sculpts electronic orchestrations and favors clipped synth rhythms, while Clapton himself largely eschews his once dominant, climactic electric solos for restrained but potent acoustic filigree, staccato riffs, and fluid rhythm work, letting loose with a rougher, more biting edge on the squalling She's Gone. --Sam SurtherlandLP 1
1. My Father's Eyes
2. River Of Tears
4. Broken Hearted
5. One Chance
1. Going Down Slow
2. Fall Like Rain
3. Born In Time
4. Sick & Tired
5. Needs His Woman
6. She's Gone
7. You Were There
8. Inside Of Me$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World SoundtrackOn Red Vinyl!
The soundtracks to movies adapted from comic books are often marketing free-for-alls; promoting bands takes precedence over choosing songs that make sense for the film. However, nothing could be further from the truth for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World's music. Since so much of the comic revolves around the bands that the characters play in, the film was already somewhat protected from having a bunch of random songs crammed into its soundtrack, but the film's creative team ensured that the music was done right. Director Edgar Wright's other films (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, etc.) boast soundtracks that brim with personality onscreen and play more like mixtapes than albums in their own right; that feeling continues here with picks like Beachwood Sparks' By Your Side, T. Rex's Teenage Dream, and Frank Black's I Heard Ramona Sing.
The musicians who bring the comic's bands to life are just as cleverly chosen. Beck revisited his slacker-punk roots with the songs he wrote for Scott's band Sex Bob-Omb; though they're performed by Michael Cera and the other actors in the film, Threshold, Summertime, and Garbage Truck still have Beck's gloriously messy early-`90s vibe to them. Later, he contributes Ramona, a dreamy ballad that sounds more like his 2000s work. Meanwhile, Broken Social Scene are Crash and the Boys, the rival band whose I'm So Sad, So Very Very Sad lasts a whopping five seconds. Every part of the soundtrack shows how much care went into it, from choosing artists like Broken Social Scene and Metric to nod to the story's Canadian setting, to the 8-bit version of Threshold that reflects Pilgrim's immersion in video games. The sweetest detail may be the song that started it all: Scott Pilgrim, by the Canadian all-female band Plumtree from their 1997 album Predicts the Future, holds within it all the breathless true love and crunchy guitar goodness that sparked the comic.
Somehow, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World's music remains true not just to the comic, but to the work of everyone involved in the story at every stage, with plenty of fun and heart to boot. ~ Heather PharesEntertainment Weekly (p.75) - 'Garbage Truck' is the keeper, with a fuzz-punk groove that's no laughing matter.1. We Are Sex Bob-Omb - Sex Bomb-Omb
2. Scott Pilgrim - Plumtree
3. I Heard Ramona Sing - Frank Black
4. By Your Side - Beachwood Sparks
5. O Katrina! - Black Lips
6. I'm so Sad, so Very, Very, Sad - Crash and the Boys
7. We Hate You Please Die - Crash and the Boys
8. Garbage Truck - Sex Bomb-Omb
9. Teenage Dream - T. Rex
10. Sleazy Bed Track - The Bluetones
11. It's Getting Boring by the Sea - Blood Red Shoes
12. Black Sheep - Metric
13. Threshold - Sex Bomb-Omb
14. Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl - Broken Social Scene
15. Under My Thumb - The Rolling Stones
16. Ramona [Acoustic Version] - Beck
17. Ramona - Beck
18. Summertime - Sex Bomb-Omb
19. Threshold (8-Bit) - Brian Lebarton$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Come On Pilgrim1. Caribou
3. Isla de Encanta
4. Ed Is Dead
5. Holiday Song
6. Nimrod's Son
7. I've Been Tired
8. Levitate Me$17.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
II: Void WorshipWizards and warriors, rejoice, for the chosen one has returned! The Misery Wizard lives!
Since the early 2012 unveiling of their debut sonic behemoth MISERY WIZARD, fans and critics alike have patiently yet anxiously awaited the second chapter in the ongoing legacy of the almighty PILGRIM, a three-piece doom metal band from Rhode Island, USA.
Their first release shook the doom metal underground to its core, making a loud, in your face effort to bring doom metal back to its most minimalist and archaic roots, restoring it to its former glory. Their critical success, paired with their controversial interviews and emotionally draining live performances have lead PILGRIM to excellence, traversing the globe performing sold-out shows in multiple countries and playing festivals alongside some of the biggest names in their genre. Two years later, the fabled outfit has returned with a brand new record, the highly anticipated next installment of their aural adventure PILGRIM II: VOID WORSHIP.
PILGRIM returns more powerful than ever, wielding eight new epic tracks laden with tales of sword and sorcery, death, doom and destruction. Recorded at Moonlight Mile Recording by audio mastermind Mike Moebius, II: VOID WORSHIP delivers an absolutely unrivaled quality of tone and heaviness that many critics felt their original effort MISERY WIZARD had lacked. The band takes a new approach to their song writing, replacing meditated, repetitive hypnosis-inducing dirges with more calculated and demented powerhouse riffs. They build, shape, and climb into frenzied climaxes and fade into sweet sonic releases, molding perfectly crafted rock songs into twisting spires of evil doom metal masterpieces. It is obvious that PILGRIM has matured, both musically and as individuals, in their past two years of global conquest.1. Intro
2. Master's Chamber
3. The Paladin
4. Arcane Sanctum
5. In the Presence of Evil
6. Void Worship
7. Dwarven March
8. Away from Here$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Trompe Le MondeAvailable On Vinyl for the First Time In Years!
Even though Trompe le Monde (French for 'fool the world') doesn't sound quite like the Pixies' other work, Come on Pilgrim's spooky beginnings, Surfer Rosa's abrasive assault, Doolittle's deceptively accessible punk-pop and Bossanova's spacy sonics helped make Trompe le Monde a rousing swan song for the influential legends and it was a precursor to alternative rock's imminent success. Pressed on Audiophile Quality 180g Vinyl!1. Trompe Le Monde
2. Planet Of Sound
3. Alec Eiffel
4. The Sad Punk
5. Head On
7. Palace Of The Brine
8. Letter To Memphis
9. Bird Dream Of The Olympus Mons
10. Space (I Believe In)
12. Distance Equals Rate Times Time
13. Lovely Day
14. Motorway To Roswell
15. The Navajo Know$23.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Endless FantasyVinyl version available for June 11th release date. Anamanaguchi is a boy band made up of hackers & producers born and raised on the internet, currently living in Brooklyn, NY. On May 14th they are releasing Endless Fantasy through their own brand new label, dream.hax -- their rst album since soundtracking Scott Pilgrim VS The World in 2010. It's an album about REALITY and DREAMS, being young and searching for agency in an innite existence. Endless Fantasy is an atmospheric and emotional electronic dance track that adds stadium production to their 8-bit formula. With 22 tracks on Endless Fantasy, there's sure to be a lot more to come. This album contains explicit language.1. Endless Fantasy
2. Japan Air
5. Viridian Genesis
6. John Hughes
7. Prom Night
8. Interlude (Gymnopedie No. 1)
10. SPF 420
11. Interlude (Total Tea Time)
13. Canal Paradise
14. Snow Angels
15. In The Basement
16. U n ME
17. Space Wax America
18. EVERYTHING EXPLODES
19. Interlude (STILL SPLODIN THO)
20. Pastel Flags
21. Bosozoku GF
22. (T-T)$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Prodigal SonThe first solo album for six years by the enduringly influential Ry Cooder, The Prodigal Son, will be released by Fantasy Records.
Recorded in Hollywood, it was produced by Ry with his son and chief collaborator, Joachim Cooder. It's described as a musical depiction of modern America through the songs of the Pilgrim Travellers, the Stanley Brothers, Blind Willie Johnson and Cooder himself (above photo credit: Joachim Cooder).
The 11-track set features three Cooder originals, which sit along his personal selection of favorite spirituals of the last century which have great resonance in the modern world. "I do connect the political/economic dimensions with the inner life of people since people are at risk and oppressed on all sides in our world today," says the artist.
"There's some kind of reverence mood that takes hold when you play and sing these songs. 'Reverence' is a word I heard my granddaughter's nursery school teacher use, a Kashmiri woman. She said, 'We don't want to teach religion, but instill reverence.' I thought that was a good word for the feeling of this music."
The new set further extends the deep contribution made by Cooder to modern music and culture that dates back nearly 50 years. As a singer, writer, producer, guitarist and muse, he remains a unique voice and inspiration, with a vast catalog of solo albums, collaborations, guest appearances and soundtracks. His last studio set was 2012's Election Special.1. Straight Street
2. Shrinking Man
4. Everybody Ought To Treat A Stranger Right
5. The Prodigal Son
6. Nobody's Fault But Mine
7. You Must Unload
8. I'll Be Rested When The Roll Is Called
9. Harbor Of Love
10. Jesus And Woody
11. In His Care$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-BUL-0402xGot A Girl
I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now (Awaiting Repress)Got at Girl starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Dan "The Automator" Nakamura - are thrilled to announce the release of I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now, on Bulk Recordings. The pair's enthralling debut album, sees Nakamura - whose innumerable, inimitable credits include influential production (Kool Keith/Dr. Octagon, Gorillaz) and membership in such visionary collaborations as Deltron 3030, Lovage, and Handsome Boy Modeling School - and Winstead - known for her work in the films Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, The Spectacular Now, and next seen in Kill the Messenger - sweetly detached vocal delivery and nuanced lyricism.
Winstead and Nakamura first crossed paths while both worked on 2010s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, the actor acting and the musician contributing to the score. Winstead - who counts Lovage's Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By as "one of my favorite albums of all time" - approached Nakamura after a cast and crew dinner to let him know she was a big fan, assuming that would be that. "About a year later, Dan came up to me at the premiere and said, 'We should do something sometime,'" Winstead says. "I was like, okay! I would love to! I didn't think it was real."
Right from the jump, the two seemingly disparate artists found they were both surfing similar waves of inspiration. Each were especially enthused by the daft, dewy and even slightly degenerate sounds of 1960s French pop, that uniquely Gallic soufflÉ of girl group soul, cafÉ jazz, lush arrangements and groovy eroticism.
"It was a meeting of the minds," says Nakamura. "A kindred spirit kind of thing." He sent a skeletal track to Winstead, suggesting she begin thinking of songwriting in terms of character and story. For the nascent lyricist, the task came with no little pressure. Winstead and Nakamura soon commenced writing together, collaborating on lyrics as they learned more about each other's creative strengths and interests.
"I've had the fortune of working with a lot of very talented people," Nakamura says. "When it's right, it's right. That makes it work really easily. Working with Mary is like working with Del (The Funkee Homosapien) or working with Damon (Albarn) - it's really natural. It just works."
I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now is surprisingly seamless, a perfectly realized union of atmospheric ambience and ambitious songcraft. The Automator is of course a master of genre subversion and experimental futurism, effortlessly transmogrifying hip-hop, psychedelia, found sounds, and all manners of pop and world music with his singular taste for prolix wordplay, multiple personas and conceptual adventure. For Got A Girl, he has assembled a rich, enveloping sound world all its own, with hints of Laurel Canyon folk, yacht rock, and sunshine pop stylized and synthesized through sumptuous arrangements, intricate electronics, and unfettered melodic invention. The sonic landscape calls up far flung locales both real and imagined, knit together by restless grooves, elastic dubby beats, and Winstead's complex characterizations.
- Glide Magazine1. Did We Live Too Fast
2. I'll Never Hold You Back
3. Close To You
4. Everywhere I Go
5. Last Stop
6. There's A Revolution
7. Things Will Never Be The Same
8. Put Your Head Down
9. Friday Night
10. La La La
11. Da Da Da
12. Heavenly$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
StrangerOn Stranger Balmorhea continues the cosmic dialog they began with their eponymous debut in 2007. Though the spirit of Texas' early inhabitants and the weight of the night sky inspired previous albums All is Wild, All is Silent (2009) and Constellations (2010), Stranger shifts the focus from the celestial to the terrestrial, or more accurately, it begins to explore the celestial resonance in all things terrestrial.
Balmorhea's music has always been guided by the experience of living in Texas, but with Stranger the band moves beyond contemplative reverence for the land and the history of their home state. The most forward-leaning of their catalog, Stranger presents worlds of tenderness, aggression, estrangement, and freedom using an expanded sonic palette including guitar loops, vibes, synthesizers, ukulele, and steel pan drums. In addition to these new sounds, electric guitars and percussion take the stage once occupied by piano and acoustic guitars.
Stranger explores the kinetic rhythms that dictate our day-to-day lives, fascinated by the wanderlust that drove the itinerant hearts of our earliest settlers and that continues to pulse in the kids roaming Texas' suburban sprawl. Unsettled, but patient, these songs embrace everyday sensuality, youthful discovery, and nomadic reverie awe-struck by the divine energy that permeates all of our earthly fauna and flora.
Refined over many months, and in one case years, the band took care to ensure every note on Stranger feels essential, vivid, and confident. During the writing process, Rob Lowe was living in Alpine, Texas, just down the road from Marfa, and Michael Muller had relocated to Brooklyn. Absorbing their new environments, and filtering them through uniquely Texan lenses, the band has created an album that stands defiantly alone in the sea of modern independent music. Opening with the electric guitar loops, synths, and steel drums of Days, the band invites us to move forward with them as they explore without pretense or expectation. Pilgrim provides the perfect ending, blurring alpha and omega...a concluding gesture taking us back to our beginnings.1. Days
3. Fake Fealty
10. Pilgrim$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-SAC-9441xAtticus Ross, Leopold Ross and Bobby Krlic
Almost Holy: Original SoundtrackAfter the collapse of the Soviet Union, a number of Ukraine's youth wound up
homeless and addicted to a lethal cocktail of injected cold medicine and alcohol.
Steve Hoover's documentary Almost Holy follows a pastor named Gennadiy
Mokhnenko, who saves street kids, at times by forcible abduction, and brings
them to his Pilgrim Republic rehabilitation center.
The film's depiction of a
country in the grip of poverty, addiction, and warfare is made even more powerful
by its captivating electronic score by award-winning composer Atticus Ross,
his brother Leopold Ross, and Bobby Krlic (The Haxan Cloak).
"Occasionally a project comes along where one feels compelled to contribute,"
Atticus said of seeing the early footage that convinced him to work on the film.
"It's a different world over there - of course we have dire poverty in the U.S. - but
to see an army of drug-addicted children living in those conditions, children the
same age as my own, under ten years old but covered in track marks and sleeping
on sewers to stay warm, and someone is asking you to write a little music to help
the cause. It would be hard to find a reason not to."
His collaborators felt the same way, and the trio soon began work on the score
- the Ross brothers in the U.S. and Krlic in the U.K. The distance meant the composers
initially worked separately, but in the end, the soundtrack feels remarkably
The message and content of film kept the trio inspired, and once Krlic had
emigrated to the U.S., they met at Atticus' studio and continued to work on the
album as a free-standing piece. The film remained the anchor and the catalyst for
their creativity, but several of the tracks on the record don't appear in the picture
at all. Almost Holy is thus not simply a soundtrack album, but a soundtrack and
an album, one that both enriches its film and stands apart from it.1. One Block Further
2. Punching Bag
4. Wild Moose
10. The End$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
K2.0The fifth album by the British band led by Crispian Mills. K2.0 is the band's first album in six years. Kula Shaker are best known for the 1996 multi-platinum album K, which became one of the fastest selling UK debuts ever. The band soon followed up with their second album Peasants, Pigs and Astronauts and after a six-year absence Kula returned with the brilliant album Strangefolk in 2007 and in 2010 the band released their fourth album, Pilgrims Progress to critical acclaim but the Kula Shaker story doesn't end there.1. Infinite Sun
2. Holy Flame
3. Death of Democracy
4. Love B with U
5. Here Come My Demons
6. 33 Crows
7. Oh Mary
8. High Noon
9. Hari Bol (The Sweetest Sweet)
10. Get Right Get Ready
11. Mountain Lifter$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Trying To Live My Life Without YouOtis Clay is one of the premier deep soul and gospel singers working today. His raw, fiery vocals drive an energetic and danceable blend of soul, r&b and blues in the tradition of such deep soul singers as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Solomon Burke.
A master showman, Otis Clay stays in demand for festival and concert appearances in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Noteworthy recent appearances include headlining The 2006 Japan Blues and Soul Festival Tour, headlining the opening night and being Honorary President of The 2006 Blues Passions Festival in Cognac, France a special guest appearance at The Chicago Emmy Awards in Nov., 2006 and the 2007 Chicago Gospel Music Festival.
Born in Waxhaw, Mississippi, Clay began his career in gospel singing with groups such as The Pilgrim Harmonizers, The Gospel Songbirds and the legendary Sensational Nightingales. His recording of When The Gates Swing Open was a hit in the mid-80's and is included on The Gospel Truth cd released on Blind Pig Records. Both When The Gates Swing Open and The Gospel Truth remain staples on gospel radio today. As a singer and producer, Otis Clay remains very active in gospel. Walk A Mile In My Shoes, a new cd featuring Otis' version of this classic song has been released on his own Echo Records label.
Clay launched and established his career as a deep soul singer with his first recordings made in the mid-60s for George Leaner's One-derful label in Chicago. A series of hit singles including Trying To Live My Life Without You produced by Willie Mitchell in Memphis for Hi Records followed in the '70's. Otis has also recorded for the Cotillion, Kayvette, Elka and Rounder labels as well as his own Echo Records. The intensity and passion of his live shows are captured on Soul Man: Live in Japan (Rounder) and Respect Yourself (Blind Pig) recorded live at The Lucerne Blues Festival in Switzerland.
A long time resident of Chicago's West Side, Otis Clay is actively involved as a board member of People For New Direction, a community-based non-profit creating economic initiatives to address a number of issues on the West Side. People For New Direction consists of West Side businessmen and women, doctors, ministers and others who believe strongly in giving something back to the community where they live and work.
As Chairman of The Board of the non-profit Tobacco Road, Inc. (TRI, Inc.), Otis was heavily involved in the extensive planning, fundraising and development of The Harold Washington Cultural Center at 47th and King Drive which has served as the cornerstone for the revitalization and redevelopment of the historic Bronzeville neighborhood. The Cultural Center, which includes the state-of-the-art 1,000 seat Com-Ed Performing Arts Theatre, is built on the former site of The Regal Theatre, the legendary venue for national and Chicago-based r&b/soul, blues, jazz and comedy stars.
Whether bringing audiences around the globe to their feet with his fiery brand of soul and gospel or working tirelessly with community and church leaders to provide better economic and cultural opportunities for West and South Side Chicago residents, Otis Clay has proven himself to be a national treasure.1. Trying To Live My Life Without You
2. I Die A Little Each Day
3. Holding On To A Dying Love
4. I Can't Make It Alone
5. That's How It Is
6. I Love You I Need You
7. You Can't Keep Running From My Love
8. Precious Precious
9. Home Is Where The Heart Is
10. Too Many Hands$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Houston Publishing Demos 2002Mark William Lanegan is an American alternative rock musician and singer-songwriter.
'The Pilgrims' is an intriguing mix of dark blues vocal, swinging percussion and post-punk guitar, 'I'll Go Where You Send Me''s alt-Americana wouldn't feel out of place on a David Lynch record and 'Blind' is a fine example of slow-paced psychedelic heaviness that fits in neither period of his canon but provides a neat keystone to keep the whole thing as neatly balanced as it can be. It all finishes with the strangest duo of songs; 'A Suite For Dying Love''s coda is as joyously uplifting as anything that he's ever been involved in, while closer 'Way To Tomorrow' (featuring a truly mighty vocal performance) is as bleak and despondent as you could hope for from his Dark Mark persona. - Si Forster, echoesanddust.com$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Giving And ReceivingOn Lakes newest full-length album, Giving & Receiving, the sense that the world was at a serious state of unrest during its inception is haunting. The album was put together during the time when the Gulf oil spill was bumming everyone out, and this did a great deal to seep into the songs themselves, such as on the albums title track with the lyrics: there used to be fish in the ocean baby.
But thats not to say that the album is depressing, it actually soars with beautiful melodies and gentle, yet deliberate instrumentation. Written partially while staying at a little cabin in Northern Sweden, which band member Ashley says is the only place shes ever truly heard silence, songs like Skeleton Costume, and Pilgrims Day were born in a shed there, and have the creaky barn wood/fresh air sound to prove it.
The album as a whole is all about moving forward; realizing what we as people are given every day, and figuring out how to pay back for it whenever possible. In the bands own words: Giving and Receiving is meant to be uplifting. It offers an antidote to depression. The more that you give, the more that you receive.1. Intro
2. One Small Step
3. Roger Miller
5. The Stars
6. Stumble Around
7. Giving & Receiving
8. Mother Natures Promise
9. Skeleton Costume
10. Bird and the Berry
12. Pilgrims Day
14. Distant Stars$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sweetheart Of The Rodeo (Pre-Order)Celebrate 5 Decades Of The Byrds' 1968 Classic!
First Time 180-Gram Translucent Blue & Green Swirl Vinyl
Liner Notes From Chris Hillman
Impeccably Mastered By Joe Reagoso - Pressed At R.T.I.
Featuring: Roger Mcguinn, Chris Hillman, Gram Parsons, Kevin Kelley, John Hartford & Clarence White
In 1968, The Byrds changed the course of popular music as Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman & new members Gram Parsons and Kevin Kelley delivered one of the first bluegrass/rock albums with their masterpiece Sweetheart Of The Rodeo. This album remains one of the most influential pieces of music of all time.
The masterwork kicks off with their hit You Ain't Going Nowhere and follows with the brilliant I Am A Pilgrim, featuring Chris Hillman.
More choice material abounds thanks to Gram Parsons with his signature works Hickory Wind and One Hundred Years From Now.
Friday Music proudly presents for the rst time on 180 Gram Translucent Blue & Green Swirl Audiophile Vinyl, the 50th Anniversary Edition of The Byrds' Sweetheart Of The Rodeo. Impeccably mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios & Capitol Mastering, the Lp is pressed at R.T.I. and is featured in a stunning gatefold cover.
To celebrate this limited edition album, we are also including recent liner notes from Chris Hillman along with some very rare photos from The Byrds archives at Sony.1. You Ain't Going Nowhere
2. I Am A Pilgrim
3. The Christian Life
4. You Don't Miss Your Water
5. You're Still On My Mind
6. Pretty Boy Floyd
7. Hickory Wind
8. One Hundred Years From Now
9. Blue Canadian Rockies
10. Life In Prison
11. Nothing Was Delivered$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Hard BelieverHard Believer is the eagerly-awaited new studio album from Fink: Fin Greenall (vocals/guitar), together with Tim Thornton (drums/guitar) and Guy Whittaker (bass). It will be their first release on the R'COUP'D imprint, a label newly created by Greenall with the backing of the Ninja Tune team.
Recorded in seventeen days at Hollywood's legendary Sound Factory studios with producer Billy Bush (Garbage, Beck, Foster the People), Hard Believer is shot through with rawness and controlled aggression; an album replete with calm beginnings seguing into powerfully hypnotic loops and climactic finales. It is a masterful collection of songs from an artist at the peak of his creative powers.
"We wanted to go deeper this time, and be more ambitious with the music," Fin explains, "to move the sound forward without losing touch of where we're from."
Urban, bluesy, and alive, the album presents ten brand new songs, including the mighty "Shakespeare", a tale of young love gone tragically sour as the mood darkens from acoustic to guttural rock; the spiky yet delicate "Looking Too Closely", riding an irresistible piano-and-guitar groove; "Green and the Blue", on which a vulnerable Greenall meditates on the constants in life that see you through tough times; "Two Days Later", a deeply personal lament and one of only two songs on the record that start and remain down-tempo; and the breathtaking "Pilgrim", the latest collaboration with songwriter Blair Mackichan, co-writer of "This Is The Thing" from Fink's 2007 album Distance and Time, and "Honesty" from 2011's Perfect Darkness.
Since making the transition from world-class club DJ and electronic producer, to the first ever singer-songwriter signed to legendary British label Ninja Tune, Greenall has released four critically acclaimed albums, worked in the studio with the likes of John Legend, Ximena Sariñana, Amy Winehouse and Professor Green and enjoyed incredible live success with the hugely popular 18-month Perfect Darkness world tour, which accumulated two live records: 2012's Wheels Turn Beneath My Feet, and 2013's Fink Meets the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. All this and Fink is still a name which - while evoking an impassioned response from many a fellow artist and from the avid fanbase - remains a mystery to a wider majority. This looks set to change...
The term Hard Believer comes from deep-south Americana; it means somebody who is difficult to persuade, who requires proof. In truth, all anyone has to do here is listen to the powerful collection of songs on Hard Believer. The belief will surely follow.1. Hard Believer
2. Green and the Blue
3. White Flag
5. Two Days Later
7. Truth Begins
8. Looking Too Closely
9. Too Late
10. Keep Falling$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now