Hot on the heels of a nice review from the Cassette Gods, Luscious Skin is playing a rare live show at Lawrence Kansas based Love Garden Sounds Records tomorrow night. The show starts at 7:30 and you will see the band in a four piece ensemble and possibly hear some new material as well as the songs from Ventriloquist. If you’re in the area don’t miss it.
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
I made this video for the dreamy Softoft Techech track “Plentyc Remix.” What do Timothy Leary, Monkey’s with Walkmans, and plenty of Japanese robots have in common? Watch and see.
We’re fast approaching two weeks away from our release of Luscious Skin’s phi slamma jamma of a debut album so we thought this a good time to let you hear the whole thing in full. Listen below and you can now pre-order it here on c35 or digital.
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.