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    Sylvan Esso

    Sylvan Esso was not meant to be a band. Rather, Amelia Meath had written a song called "Play It Right" and sung it with her trio Mountain Man. She'd met Nick Sanborn, an electronic producer working under the name Made of Oak, in passing on a shared bill in a small club somewhere.


    As 2012 slipped into 2013, Sanborn and Meath reconvened in the unlikely artistic hub of Durham, N.C., a former manufacturing town with cheap rent and good food. Sylvan Esso became a band.


    A year later, their self-titled debut-a collection of vivid addictions concerning suffering and love, darkness and deliverance-arrives as a necessary pop balm, an album stuffed with songs that don't suffer the longstanding complications of that term.


    These 10 tunes were realized and recorded in Sanborn's Durham bedroom during the last year, an impressive feat considering the layers of activity and effects that populate them-the dizzyingly crisscrossed harmonies of "Play it Right," the gorgeously incongruous elements of "Wolf," the surreptitiously minimalist momentum of "HSKT." Sanborn's production is fully modern and wonderfully active. He enlists obliterating dubstep stutters and crisp electropop pulses, hazy electrostatic breezes and epinephrine dancefloor turnarounds. But this isn't a workout in production skills or a demonstration of electronic erudition. Instead, his music syncs seamlessly with Meath's melodies, so that the respective words and beats become a string of ready-to-play singles.


    The irrepressible "Hey Mami" webs handclaps and harmonies around a flood of bass, a strangely perfect canvas for a tale of dudes hollering at neighborhood tail (and, finally, finding the chivalry not to do so). "Coffee" sparkles and quakes, patiently rising from a muted spell of seasonal affective disorder to a sweet rupture of schoolyard glee. These pop cuts condescend neither to their audience nor their makers.


    They are sophisticated, but with none of the arrogance that can imply; they are addictive, but with none of the banality that can entail. There is sensuality and sexual depravity, homesickness and wanderlust, nostalgia and immediacy. Sylvan Esso acknowledges that the world is a tumult of complications by giving you a way to sing and dance with those troubles, if not to will them away altogether.

    1. Hey Mami
    2. Dreamy Bruises
    3. Could I Be
    4. Wolf
    5. Dress
    6. H.S.K.T
    7. Coffee
    8. Uncatena
    9. Play It Right
    10. Come Down
    Sylvan Esso
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    Sand + Silence


    The Rosebuds exude quality.
    - PITCHFORK


    some of the year's catchiest hooks and sing-along
    choruses."
    - NPR


    fresh and invigorating pretty amazing.
    - A.V. CLUB


    intoxicating gorgeous indie-pop
    - SPIN


    thoughtful, catchy and soothing a record that can, if
    only for an instant, give the listener a glimpse of hope
    that better days are yet to come.
    - FADER


    I highly recommend listening to it - at night, in dim light,
    if possible
    - STEREOGUM


    After spending two years living on opposite coasts and pursuing their own
    creative projects, Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp returned last spring to set to
    work on the sixth full-length album from the Rosebuds. Joining up with Bon
    Iver frontman Justin Vernon (a friend and former bandmate who, in a 2011
    interview, noted that the Rosebuds make "some of the most important
    music in the world"), the North Carolina-bred duo spent a week in Vernon's
    studio teasing out a batch of songs that effortlessly weave the hooky song-craft of classic jangle-pop, the cagey romanticism of new wave, and a
    refined yet full-hearted sensibility all their own. Featuring Vernon on guitar
    and synths-as well as Bon Iver drummer Matt McCaughan and Sylvan Esso's
    Nick Sanborn on bass, both longtime pals and cohorts of the Rosebuds-the
    resulting Sand + Silence radiates both a graceful intensity and the loose,
    joyful energy that comes from making music with friends.

    1. In My Teeth
    2. Sand + Silence
    3. Give Me A Reason
    4. Blue Eyes
    5. Mine Mine
    6. Wait A Minute
    7. Esse Quam Videri
    8. Death Of An Old Bike
    9. Looking For
    10. Walking
    11. Tiny Bones
    The Rosebuds
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    landmark (Out Of Stock)

    "There's a moment in growing up when it becomes clear that the road you walk is your own to cultivate."


    A surprisingly profound sentiment for a band of 21-year olds. Nevertheless, it's a sentiment that animates much of landmark, the debut album from Minneapolis' Hippo Campus.


    From the resplendent "Way It Goes," a guitar led gallop about the Instagram-filtered church of cool, to the propulsive "Boyish," a horn-kissed rumination on children of divorce, landmark is shot through with a woozy dissonance between precocious wisdom and old-as-time coming of age stories. The result is a messy, brave, and earnest whole - not to mention, a tectonic shift forward for a young band still discovering itself.


    Of course, that should come as no surprise. Hippo Campus - comprised of vocalist/guitarist Jake Luppen, guitarist/vocalist Nathan Stocker, bassist Zach Sutton, and drummer Whistler Allen - have done their fair share of growing up since forming in late 2013. Their pair of 2015 EPs, Bashful Creatures and South, catapulted a freshly-formed band onto sold out tours, radio airwaves, late night TV stages, timelines, feeds, and glowing screens the world over. After a 10-month stretch of work informed by their surprising ascent, Hippo Campus' first full-length showcases not only their trademark ear for ringing melodies and impeccably constructed pop frameworks, but a desire to dig deeper-both into their talent and in their selves-for inspiration.


    landmark's recording, helmed by BJ Burton (Bon Iver, Sylvan Esso, etc.), primarily took place at Sonic Ranch, with finishing touches applied at Pachyderm Studios in the band's native Minnesota. The ranch, a residential studio located on a 2300-acre pecan farm near the border between Texas and Mexico, represented a big shift for four young men from the northern Midwest's cooler climes. "You're just in the middle of the desert, and there are these pecan trees for as far as you can see," says Stocker. "It's pretty surreal-kind of like a dream."


    Dreams are where the mind's deepest desires manifest, so it's fitting landmark is rife with up-close lyrics that reflect the struggles of crash-landing into an always-on world. "It's our most honest release yet, but it didn't start that way at all," says Luppen. "There are two halves to the record-the first half represents our first stage of writing, where we're showing off our ironic side and criticizing the culture of social media, and the youth culture that we're a huge part of now. It's a world we've been forced to plug into, whether we want to or not, and we talk about our qualms with that world."


    Perhaps nowhere on the album are those qualms more evident than on "Western Kids," one of landmark's most upbeat numbers, but also one of its most contemptuous: "I just love this, I swear I'll go viral, from the burbs to the streets now it's a revival," sings Luppen, tongue firmly planted in cheek. "The spirit is found in the idealistically idle, the age of excess."


    Meanwhile, "Sun Veins," the distortion-heavy track that opens the record, is a direct response to the expectations heaped upon the band as they grew: "'Sun Veins' represents an intense period in my life when I wanted to burn everything down, and it represents this moment of absolute clarity," says Luppen. "I'm talking about a person, but at the same time I'm talking about myself and us as a band. Throughout the past year, I thought that I had to be different and that the band had to be different, but it turned out that we had to look more inward and find ourselves again."


    Indeed, landmark invites introspection and close listening-even its most upbeat songs are rich with details, like the whistling break that lands in the middle of the galloping "Simple Season" or the spangles of guitar that slice through the clamor of "Tuesday." Elsewhere, the second half of landmark is dominated by a somber stretch that includes the lush "Monsoon," which slowly blooms into a quiet freak-out of reverb and synth, a revelation in the context of the band's catalog. "It was a breakthrough-we could use the studio and make something transcendent," says Luppen.


    Transcendence doesn't come easy. It's usually the payoff to a long journey. And while Hippo Campus' journey is still being written, with landmark, the band has never seemed more confident in the road they're walking.

    1. Sun Veins
    2. Way It Goes
    3. Vines
    4. Epitaph
    5. Simple Season
    6. Tuesday
    7. Western Kids
    8. Poems
    9. Monsoon
    10. Vacation
    11. Boyish
    12. Interlude
    13. Buttercup
    Hippo Campus
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    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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