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Here are some vintage photographs of The Pistol Arrows that recently surfaced courtesy of PA’s violinist, vocalist, guitarist Allison Smith. Incidentally you may be hearing the first new Pistol Arrows materials since 2002’s impeccable Look!. That’s something to look forward to.
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We have been away from Alchemist for a while but it seems like the ever industrious and prolific Austin Lee Wood keeps bringing us back to life. He has a new free single to check out and it showcases his ability to continue to evolve and perfect his musical journey’s offspring. It’s fun to hear him assume more of the front man position in his own compositions and to come into his own as a vocalist and songwriter. Austin describes the song thusly “Close My Eyes is about human insecurities, imposed by courtships with one I have immense emotional constructs toward.
A way of transcending said tenebrous emotions is by opening ones eyes to the temporaries that life is. And by embracing all uncertainties encountered throughout ones explorations. I strive to bring comfort to those existing with said challenges. In hopes they too can overlook the discomfort & vulnerability that comes with love.” The song is a single from his second solo ep entitled “MOON MILK” scheduled for release in fall of 2013. Close your eyes and enjoy.
The aforementioned EP by Austin Lee Wood is out now. Stream the whole thing below or better yet download a zip of it.
We’ve got a treat for you today in the form of Austin Lee Wood’s (formerly Atlantic At Pacific mastermind) new single Archetypal Feeling (II)! It’s a very heartfelt and soulful kind of jam that can only be achieved by working so long on a track that your ears begin to bleed. Austin’s friends have called his new sound “Fake Rock/Midi Rock”, we think it would fit nicely on a playlist of Japan’s “Tin Drum”, MBV’s “Loveless” and Bowie “Low” but as with all Alchemist releases the sound is quite unique and hard to pigeonhole. Enjoy this track for free below and scope the dark art. A 4 song EP including this track will be out next week. More on that later.
Here’s some belated photos of the Faustian Ethics mini cd and a free track to pique your interest. The track is actually two tracks merged into one, “It Sucks/Fever” and it highlights what is unique about this record. It is at times reminiscent of a good old rock n roll tune (a la Bowie or The Band) but it has enough of a modern edge and many twists and turns that breath new life into the somewhat lost art. The mini cd is 8$ plus shipping and comes in a gatefold case designed and assembled by yours truly, and if physical objects aren’t your thing you can also download the album at your digital outlet of choice.
We are pleased to announce that Gomez, Earl, and Brandon, formerly of Illus Ocean have a new album: Faustian Ethics and a new name: Incredibly Strange Creatures. Picking up where the Illus Ocean debut (Meskin In The Attic) left off, they maintain the ability to make what is essentially an album that calls to mind the bold sense of adventure, musicianship and actual songwriting that characterized much of the best of albums from the 70’s and in so doing make something that sounds very fresh and new. With elements of Jazz, Ragtime and Honky Tonk infusing Rock songs with the feel of a carnival barker, a marching band and a tack piano maestro, you’re not likely to hear much else this summer that sounds like this. The Ft. Worth based band manage to make exploring the compromises we all make in our own Faustian dealings through the lens of relationships gone amok, deranged people, damaged people and words from the devil himself, sound entertaining.
Faustian Ethics will be out September 11 on mini cd and digital formats. We’ll have a free sample and more details in the coming weeks. For now here’s the cover and track listing:
2. Devil Made Me Do It
3. Leslie Lynn
5. Lost On Toodle Oo
6. Sick Little Girl
7. It Sucks
If not for the diligent and courageous work of the Kansas City Police Department our next release Luscious Skin’s debut album Ventriloquist might never have seen the light of day. After months of writing and recording the exquisite left field pop tracks on the album a laptop containing the sole copies of the tracks was burgled from vocalist/songwriter Rhys Ziemba’s apartment. At this point Rhys and the other member of the duo, Kyle Combs, were faced with the option of re-recording the entire album or scrapping it and starting with new tunes. After a few months stuck in this quandary the aforementioned K City Police Dept. amazingly found the laptop at a local pawn shop and even more amazingly, all of the tracks and files remained! We are lucky that they did because the sounds and songs on these recordings are totally irreplaceable. The title track “Ventriloquist” sums up all of what is fresh and appealing here with it’s opening infectious acoustic guitar lick, it’s 8 bit pulse and most importantly it’s powerful and playful lead vocals, this is the sound of guys who’s day job is art handling and who’s influences of Afrobeat, Tropicalia, Balearic Beat and World Folk Musics are transmuted into something clearly Del Norte but retaining much Soul. Unlike many other “Western” albums that have borrowed sounds from other cultures (ie Graceland) Luscious Skin’s influences lie buried deep within the sound in a subtle way. The result is something they can truly call their own and perhaps deserves a new Genre (maybe Plainsbeat?). Whatever you call it we say it could be the ultimate soundtrack to your Spring and Summer.
Ventriloquist will be out May 14th on c35 cassette and digital formats. Look for a free sample and more details soon.
Due to circumstances beyond our control it has taken a bit longer than expected to get the Softoft Techech tapes from the duplication house but at long last they are in our clutches! Below you will find some photos of the little black beauties designed by Mr. Slocum himself. Anyone who pre-ordered one should be receiving it soon. Place new orders, stream the whole thing and more at the release page. For a taste of the aural bazaar that is the Softoft EP check out the first track Sonic Tooth. It pumps, soars, whispers and accretes.