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When The Wind Forgets Your Name

    Since its inception in 1992, Built to Spill founder Doug Martsch intended his beloved band to be a collaborative project, an ever-evolving group of incredible musicians making music and playing live together. “I wanted to switch the line-up for many reasons. Each time we finish a record I want the next one to sound totally different. It’s fun to play with people who bring in new styles and ideas,” says Martsch. “And it’s nice to be in a band with people who aren’t sick of me yet.”

    Following several albums and EPs on Pacific Northwest independent labels, including the unmistakably canonical indie rock classic, There’s Nothing Wrong With Love, released on Sub Pop offshoot Up Records in 1994, Martsch signed with Warner Brothers from 1995 to 2016. He and his rotating cast of cohorts recorded six more, inarguably great albums during that time – Perfect From Now On, Keep It Like a Secret, Ancient Melodies of the Future, You In Reverse, Untethered Moon, There Is No Enemy. There was also a live album, and a solo record, Now You Know. While the band’s impeccable recorded catalogue is the entry point, Built to Spill live is an essential FORCE of its own: heavy, psychedelic, melodic and visceral tunes blaring from amps that sound as if they’re powered by Mack trucks.

    Now in 2022, Built to Spill returns with When the Wind Forgets Your Name, Martsch’s unbelievably great new album (and also his eighth full-length)... with a fresh new label. “I’m psyched: I’ve wanted to be on Sub Pop since I was a teenager. And I think I’m the first fifty year-old they’ve ever signed.” (The rumours' are true, we love quinquagenarians…)


    TRACK LISTING

    1. Gonna Lose
    2. Fool’s Gold
    3. Understood
    4. Elements
    5. Rock Steady
    6. Spiderweb
    7. Never Alright
    8. Alright
    9. Comes A Day

    Built To Spill

    Built To Spill Plays The Songs Of Daniel Johnston

      In 2017 Built To Spill was invited to play a few shows as Daniel Johnston's back up band This is what those rehearsals sounded like. 11 tracks of Johnston's fractured pop presented through the eyes of Built To Spill.

      TRACK LISTING

      SIDE A

      1. Bloody Rainbow
      2. Tell Me Now
      3. Honey I Sure Miss You
      4. Good Morning You
      5. Heart, Mind And Soul

      SIDE B

      1. Life In Vain
      2. Mountain Top
      3. Queenie The Dog
      4. Impossible Love
      5. Fake Records Of Rock & Roll
      6. Fish

      Built To Spill

      You In Reverse

        When Built To Spill wanted to find out what their music sounded like, they locked themselves in Doug Martsch's garage. Without a tentative conclusion or even a hypothesis, the four members began to experiment. Their collaborative efforts lasted seasons and yielded dozens of hours of ADAT tape. The resulting album, "You In Reverse" documents the newest branch of Built To Spill's chaotic, yet elegant evolution. In the five years since the band's most recent effort, "Ancient Melodies Of The Future", Built To Spill took an eighteen-month vacation and returned to work by jamming and recording their hours-long music explorations. With a desire to retain the impromptu, organic feel of these jams, the group tried to capture loose and live moments resulting in a more natural sounding album. "You In Reverse" resonates with relationships, the way the band as a whole responds to music and to each other. The songs are haunting rather than catchy. Each musical thought is surprising and complete. Doug's lyrics hint at politics but could also be personal. As usual, the words lining the songs are neither directive nor dogmatic. Rational thoughts are constantly sacrificed to the metric and melodic needs of each song. No message blares forth and yet it's understood.


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