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Vince Guaraldi Trio

Jazz Impressions Of Black Orpheus - Deluxe 2023 Reissue

    This deluxe 3-LP collection, greatly expands Vince Guaraldi Trio’s landmark achievement, which included the Grammy® winning hit “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” (No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart).The set features 16 bonus tracks including alternate takes and previously unreleased music along with new liner notes. Recordings were transferred by Plangent Processes, with remastering by Paul Blakemore. LP lacquers were cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and pressed on to 180-gram vinyl at RTI. Both physical formats also include new, in-depth liner notes by jazz writer Andrew Gilbert (San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, KQED Arts).

    Even without the presence of his tune “Cast Your Fate to the Wind,” a genuine and all-too-rare instrumental hit that reached No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, Guaraldi’s 1962 album Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus was a landmark achievement that introduced a trio with a singularly alluring sound. The combination of burnished lyricism, rhythmic subtly and exquisite dynamic calibration set it apart, but the group’s impact flowed equally from its repertoire. Guaraldi wasn’t the first American jazz artist to delve into the Brazilian songbook. But Jazz Impressions was an early harbinger of the jazz scene’s pervasive, unprecedented and enduring adoption of bossa nova (which means “new thing” or “new wave” in Portuguese). Winning the Palme d’Or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1960, Black Orpheus caught the ear of countless jazz musicians, and Guaraldi was smitten.


    2CD Tracklist
    Disc 1:
    1. Samba De Orfeu
    2. Manhã De Carnaval
    3. Nosso Amor
    4. Felicidade
    5. Cast Your Fate To The Wind
    6. Moon River
    7. Alma-Ville
    8. Since I Fell For You
    9. Samba De Orfeu (Short Version: Take 1, Set 3, Previously Unreleased)
    10. Samba De Orfeu (Long Version: Take 1, Set 3, Previously Unreleased)
    11. Manhã De Carnaval (Take 1, Set 3, Previously Unreleased)
    12. Manhã De Carnaval (Take 2, Set 3)
    Disc 2:
    1. Nosso Amor (Take 1, Set 3, Previously Unreleased)
    2. Nosso Amor (Take 2, Set 4, Previously Unreleased)
    3. Felicidade (Take 2, Set 2)
    4. Felicidade (Take 4, Set 3 Previously Unreleased)
    5. Cast Your Fate To The Wind (Take 2, Previously Unreleased)
    6. Cast Your Fate To The Wind (Take 3)
    7. Cast Your Fate To The Wind (Take 5, Previously Unreleased)
    8. Alma-Ville (Take 2, Previously Unreleased)
    9. Since I Fell For You (Take 3, Previously Unreleased)
    10. Jitterbug Waltz (Take 1, Previously Unreleased)
    11. Jitterbug Waltz (Take 1A, Previously Unreleased)
    12. Jitterbug Waltz (Take 2A, Previously Unreleased)

    3LP Tracklist
    Disc 1:
    A1. Samba De Orfeu
    A2. Manhã De Carnaval
    A3. Nosso Amor
    A4. Felicidade
    B1. Cast Your Fate To The Wind
    B2. Moon River
    B3. Alma-Ville
    B4. Since I Fell For You
    Disc 2:
    C1. Samba De Orfeu (Short Version: Take 1, Set 3, Previously Unreleased)
    C2. Samba De Orfeu (Long Version: Take 1, Set 3, Previously Unreleased)
    C3. Manhã De Carnaval (Take 1, Set 3, Previously Unreleased)
    C4. Manhã De Carnaval (Take 2, Set 3)
    D1. Nosso Amor (Take 1, Set 3, Previously Unreleased)
    D2. Nosso Amor (Take 2, Set 4, Previously Unreleased)
    D3. Felicidade (Take 2, Set 2)
    D4. Felicidade (Take 4, Set 3 Previously Unreleased)
    Disc 3:
    E1. Cast Your Fate To The Wind (Take 2, Previously Unreleased)
    E2. Cast Your Fate To The Wind (Take 3)
    E3. Cast Your Fate To The Wind (Take 5, Previously Unreleased)
    E4. Alma-Ville (Take 2, Previously Unreleased)
    E5. Since I Fell For You (Take 3, Previously Unreleased)
    F1. Jitterbug Waltz (Take 1, Previously Unreleased)
    F2. Jitterbug Waltz (Take 1A, Previously Unreleased)
    F3. Jitterbug Waltz (Take 2A, Previously Unreleased)

    The Arcs

    Electrophonic Chronic

      In 2015, Dan Auerbach entered the studio with Leon Michels, Nick Movshon, Homer Steinweiss, and the late Richard Swift (who passed away in 2018) to record The Arcs' debut album Yours, Dreamily in a handful of freewheeling sessions over two weeks. Now, more than 7 years later, those same sessions became the bedrock on which the surviving members fleshed out the anticipated follow-up album, Electrophonic Chronic, a collection of psychedelic rock, gritty funk, and heady, soulful grooves.

      The Arcs was formed when Dan Auerbach enlisted Leon Michels, a multi-instrumentalist who was part of the studio crew on Auerbach’s GRAMMY-nominated production projects for Dr. John and Lana Del Rey – "I just wanted to do my thing and get extra weird." Auerbach headed into the studio with Michels, Movshon, Steinweiss, and Swift, and made their debut Yours, Dreamily, which was recorded in a handful of freewheeling sessions lasting less than two weeks and released in September 2015.

      Those same sessions produced a second unfinished album worth of tracks, the bedrock on which the surviving members fleshed out the highly anticipated follow-up album, Electrophonic Chronic.

      "Like a cigarette flicked on a stream of gasoline. The snarling melodies, warbling horn lines and in-the-pocket beats transport listeners into the album's pulpy world of '70s exploitation films and gritty biker-gang movies." - NPR

      Produced by Dan Auerbach and Leon Michels, and mixed by the legendary Tchad Blake. 


      1. Keep On Dreamin’
      2. Eyez
      3. Heaven Is A Place
      4. Califone Interlude
      5. River
      6. Sunshine
      7. A Man Will Do No Wrong
      8. Behind The Eyes
      9. Backstage Mess Interlude
      10. Love Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
      11. Only One For Me 

      Sylvan Esso

      No Rules Sandy

        Meath and Sanborn have described the dynamic of Sylvan Esso as an argument between them, her irresistible hooks pushing and pulling against his adventurous, sometimes unsettling synths. No Rules Sandy is a complete merge— pop and electronic music fusing into something new that constantly builds on itself. With this album, Meath says, “we went back to the classic formula, which is us trying to impress the other one.” Take “Echo Party,” which opens with electronic warble around Meath’s voice as a simple beat behind her eventually yields to a deep synth wobble. There’s lightness and darkness tugging at each other, the ecstatic promise of a party (“there’s a lot of people dancing downtown”) that you might not ever be able to leave (“yeah we all fall down/but some stay where they got dropped.”) Sanborn’s synths nod to 90s electronic music throughout, but as with the full album, he says, “I want everything to feel like something you've heard before, but presented in a way you've never heard.”

        Both describe No Rules Sandy as their most personal project— right in the title, after all, is Sanborn’s own nickname. The most intimate—but still enigmatic— details arrive in interstitial moments between tracks, featuring voicemails from loved ones, birdsong from outside their studio, Betty’s, the voices of children, and other life detritus transformed into eternal art. “It feels like this diary entry from this very specific time,” Sanborn says of the interstitials, which fill the gaps between songs and make No Rules Sandy an unbroken ribbon of sound, a source of wildness and energy that continues from the album’s first moment to the last.


        01. Moving 
        02. Look At Me 
        03. (Bad Fills) 
        04. Echo Party 
        05. How Did You Know 
        06. (Betty's, May 4, 2022) 
        07. Didn't Care 
        08. (Vegas // Dad) 
        09. Your Reality 
        10. (#1vm) 
        11. Cloud Walker 
        12. Sunburn 
        13. ? 
        14. Alarm 
        15. (No Rules Sandy) 
        16. Coming Back To You 

        Margo Price


          Produced by Margo Price and Jonathan Wilson (Angel Olsen, Father John Misty), Strays was primarily recorded in the summer of 2021, during a week spent at Fivestar Studio in California’s Topanga Canyon. While most of the songwriting took place the summer prior – during a six-day, mushroom-filled trip that Price and her husband Jeremy Ivey took to South Carolina – it was amongst the hallucinatory hills of western Los Angeles that Price experienced the best recording sessions of her career. Instilled with a newfound confidence and comfortability to experiment and explore like never before, Margo Price and her longtime band of Pricetags channeled their telepathic abilities into songs that span rock n roll, psychedelic country, rhythm & blues, and glistening, iridescent pop. 


          Barry says: 'Strays' perfectly epitomises the psychedelic country sound, and Margo Price is one of its greatest purveyors. From the opening moments of 'Been Up The Mountain' it's quite clear that her songwriting has hit a career high, flawlessly running through blues-tinged rock, hazy acoustic country and campfire balladry, and all topped with those unmistakeable vocals. A triumph of evocative and moving storytelling.


          Been To The Mountain 
          Light Me Up (ft Mike Campbell) 
          Radio (ft Sharon Van Etten) 
          Change Of Heart 
          County Road 
          Time Machine 
          Hell In The Heartland 
          Anytime You Call (ft Lucius) 


          Imidiwan: Companions - 2022 Reissue

            First-ever vinyl reissue of 2009’s Imidiwan: Companions by acclaimed Saharan Tuareg group Tinariwen. Pressed on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl, the album hypnotically blends Malian desert blues with twanging guitar-led Tichumaren agit-prop to create a sound altogether unique.

            TRACK LISTING

            Side A
            1 Imidiwan Afrik Tendam
            2 Lulla
            3 Tenhert
            4 Enseqi Ehad Didagh
            5 Tahult In
            6 Tamodjerazt Assis
            7 Intitlayaghen
            Side B
            1 Imazeghen N Adagh
            2 Tenalle Chegret
            3 Kel Tamashek
            4 Assuf Ag Assuf
            5 Chabiba
            6 Ere Tasfata Adounia


            Aman Iman: Water Is Life - 2022 Reissue

              First-ever vinyl reissue of critically acclaimed Saharan Tuareg group Tinariwen’s third album, Aman Iman: Water Is Life. Released internationally via Independiente in 2007, reissued here on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl, the album was produced by long-time associate Justin Adams and features the voice and guitar of founding member Mohammed Ag Itlale. The GRAMMY Award winning collective perform a guitar-centric branch of Malian music known as Tishoumaren a percussive, rock-oriented desert blues.

              TRACK LISTING

              Side A
              1 Cler Achel
              2 Mano Dayak
              3 Matadjem Yinmixan
              Side B
              1 Ahimana
              2 Soixante Trois
              3 Toumast
              Side C
              1 Imidiwan WinakaliN
              2 Awa Didjen
              3 Ikyadarh Dim
              Side D
              1 Tamatant Tilay
              2 Assouf
              3 Izarharh Tenere

              Vince Guaraldi Trio

              A Charlie Brown Christmas - 2022 Reissue

                With such iconic tracks as “Christmas Time is Here” and the instantly recognizable “Linus and Lucy”, the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas shares the title of best-selling jazz album in history, and was certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA in late 2016. 

                TRACK LISTING

                Side 1
                1. O Tannenbaum
                2. What Child Is This
                3. My Little Drum
                4. Linus & Lucy
                5. Christmas Time Is Here (instrumental)
                Side 2
                1. Christmas Time Is Here (vocal)
                2. Skating
                3. Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
                4. Christmas Is Coming
                5. Für Elise
                6. The Christmas Song

                Deluxe Editions Bonus Tracks:
                O Tannenbaum (Take 2/Recorded September 21, 1965)
                O Tannenbaum (Take 3/Recorded September 21, 1965)
                Greensleeves (Take 6/Recorded October 28, 1965)
                Linus And Lucy (Take 1/Recorded September 17, 1965)
                Christmas Time Is Here (Take 1/Recorded September 17, 1965)
                Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal) (Rehearsal/Recording Date Unknown)
                Christmas Time Is Here (Take 4/Recording Date Unknown)
                Skating (Take 1/Recorded September 22, 1965)
                Jingle Bells (Takes 1–4/Recorded September 21, 1965)
                Christmas Is Coming (Take 3/Recorded September 17, 1965)
                Christmas Is Coming (Take 3/Recorded September 21, 1965)
                Für Elise (Takes 1–2/Recording Date Unknown)
                The Christmas Song (Take 8/Recorded October 28, 1965)


                Our Roots Run Deep

                  When Kodaline stepped on stage at Dublin’s cozy, sold-out Olympia Theatre in early March 2022, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist, Steve Garrigan; bassist/vocalist, Jason Boland; guitarist/vocalist, Mark Prendergast; and drummer/vocalist Vinny May felt a deep sense of renewal, of their friendship, their brotherhood, and their musical community.

                  The beloved Irish quartet also felt a sense of release. Two years of pandemic-related separation, from each other, and the audience they had meticulously built since 2011, had underscored how essential that symbiotic relationship really is.

                  It’s that sense of release that permeates Our Roots Run Deep, Kodaline’s brand-new, stripped-down, 17-track live album and Fantasy Records debut.

                  “This album is something we’ve wanted to do for a very longtime, it’s also something entirely new to us,” explain the band. “It’s a stripped-down acoustic show with no click, which basically means, it’s very raw and unfiltered. We wanted to try and capture the energy and atmosphere of the night as best we could. It was an intimate show recorded in one of our favourite venues in the world, in Dublin City at home in Ireland. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed playing it.”

                  Our Roots Run Deep is a spectacular showcase for the purity of their artistry and the profound musical impact they’ve had on a generation. Their next step is around the corner, till then, this is Kodaline—unguarded, simple, essential.

                  She & Him

                  Melt Away: A Tribute To Brian Wilson

                    She & Him, the acclaimed twosome of M.Ward and Zooey Deschanel are known for the stylish arrangements, sophisticated interpretations, and sharply drawn originals they have perfected across their exceedingly fruitful six-album, 14-year collaboration. Now, with Melt Away: A Tribute to Brian Wilson, their seventh full-length release (and first for Fantasy), the duo has crafted a love letter to 60’s-era Southern California-inspired pop that stands on its own as a defining musical achievement.

                    Produced by M.Ward and mixed by Tom Schick (Wilco, Norah Jones, Iron and Wine), Melt Away: A Tribute to Brian Wilson is the pair’s first in six years and features an abundance of smartly chosen Wilson/Beach Boys compositions, some universally beloved and others a little less familiar. All of them though, whether ingrained in your soul or hearing for the first time, share a flair for the dramatic. Ward and Deschanel bring their uncanny communal musical instincts to these pop-noir confections and re-imagine them for these times.

                    The inviting, twangy album opener, Brian Wilson and Mike Love’s “Darlin’,” (from the Beach Boys 1967 album Wild Honey) sets a high bar that She & Him meets throughout. The duo’s devoted take on “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” is especially revealing. Most wouldn’t consider touching the stone-cold classic, yet they lean into it with unabashed joy. Elsewhere, the band’s sublime version of Wilson’s mournful “Til I Die” is a three-minute and 22 second marvel. Deschanel’s spectacular vocal turn on the criminally overlooked Wilson solo cut “Melt Away” transforms the original’s lush, string-heavy treatment into a post-modern folk-pop gem. Other highlights include the surf-rock throwback “Do It Again,” featuring vocals from Brian Wilson himself (!) and the graceful “Please Let Me Wonder,” a long-treasured Wilson album cut. Finally, the Beach Boy’s timeless “Don’t Worry Baby” might be the album’s centerpiece and most affecting track. M.Ward’s earthy, laconic lead vocal layered over an exquisite arrangement feels organic and completely new – just like this album, a stunner in every way.

                    Genre: Indie Pop, Classic Rock, Covers, Twee Pop, 60’s Rock

                    Mood Descriptions: Summer Vibes, Upbeat, Beach, Feel Good, Roadtrip, Cloudgazing

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Barry says: She & Him (Zooey Deschanel & M Ward) bring their considerable talents to a beautiful tribute to Brian Wilson, one of the greatest songwriters of our time. Expect those woozy lounge-soul vocals from Deschanel and Ward's distinctive guitar style. A fittingly lovely endeavour.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. “Darlin’” – (Wilson-Love) - From The Beach Boys 1967 LP Wild Honey
                    2. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” – (Wilson-Asher-Love) - From The Beach Boys 1966 LP Pet Sounds
                    3. “Til I Die” – (Brian Wilson) – From The Beach Boys 1971 LP Surf’s Up
                    4. “Deidre” – (Johnson-Wilson) – From The Beach Boys 1970 LP Sunflower
                    5. “Melt Away” – (Brian Wilson) – From Brian Wilson’s 1988 Self-titled Solo LP
                    6. “Good To My Baby” – (Wilson-Love) – From The 1965 LP The Beach Boys Today!
                    7. “Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)” – (Wilson-Asher) - From The 1966 LP Pet Sounds
                    8. “Don’t Worry Baby” – (Wilson-Christian) – From The Beach Boys 1964 LP Shut Down Volume 2
                    9. “This Whole World” – (Wilson) – From The Beach Boys 1970 LP Sunflower
                    10. “Kiss Me, Baby” – (Wilson-Love) – From The 1965 LP The Beach Boys Today!
                    11. “Do It Again” Featuring Brian Wilson – (Wilson-Love) – From The Beach Boys 1968 LP Friends
                    12. "Heads You Win, Tails I Lose" – (Wilson-Usher) - From The Beach Boys 1962 LP Surfin’ Safari
                    13. “Please Let Me Wonder” – (Wilson-Love) - From 1965 LP The Beach Boys Today!
                    14. “Meant For You” – (Wilson-Love) - From The Beach Boys 1968 LP Friends

                    Tears For Fears

                    Tipping Point

                      Some forty years into one of music’s most impactful, sometimes tense and yet curiously enduring partnerships, Tears For Fears have finally arrived together at The Tipping Point – the group’s ambitious, accomplished and surprising first new studio album in nearly two decades.

                      And now, at very long last, Tears For Fears find themselves back in peak form at The Tipping Point, an inspired song cycle that speaks powerfully and artfully to our present tense here in 2021. This is an album that vividly recalls the depth and emotional force of the group’s earliest triumphs. Imagine a far more outward-looking take on TFF’s famously introspective 1983 debut album The Hurting set in an even more mad world, or 1985’s Songs From The Big Chair bravely confronting even bigger issues in our increasingly unruly world. Or even 1989’s The Seeds Of Love that sows a mix of love and other emotions.

                      The Tipping Point is the bold, beautiful and powerful sound of Tears For Fears finding themselves together all over again.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. No Small Thing
                      2. Tipping Point
                      3. Long, Long, Long Time
                      4. Break The Man
                      5. My Demons
                      6. Rivers Of Mercy
                      7. Please Be Happy
                      8. Master Plan
                      9. End Of Night
                      10. Stay

                      "Source - We Move" finds Garcia reinventing her Mercury Prize-nominated album, "Source", through new collaborations with several artists and producers including; Dengue Dengue Dengue, Georgia Anne Muldrow, DJ Harrison and Moses Boyd. The reworked tracks retain the inspiring musicianship and blend of jazz and other influences found on the original, whilst also moving in a more beat-driven, electronic direction.

                      Perfect for DJs exploring more slower and sensuous moods, these lavish and highly musical grooves remind me of nights spent at Mr. Scruff and Eyes Down; with a spaciousness that allows turntablists and MCs to perform at will. The electrical innovation works incredibly well with Garcia's source material which should appeal to hip-hop heads, beat diggers, jazz nerds and soul boys alike. Mega stuff this, check it! 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Millie says: Now this is truly gorgeous, these remixes are paired back versions from her 2020 album Source and but it’s like discovering her music all over again. With remixes from the likes of Kaidi Tatham, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Moses Boyd these tracks are just so smooth.. it’s super limited so don’t sleep!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. La Cumbia Me Está Llamando Feat. La Perla (Kaidi Tatham Remix)
                      2. Together Is A Beautiful Place To Be (Nala Sinephro Remix)
                      3. The Message Continues (DJ Harrison Remix)
                      4. Inner Game (Blvck Spvde Remix)
                      5. Boundless Beings Feat. Akenya (Georgia Anne Muldrow Remix)
                      6. Stand With Each Other Feat. Ms. MAURICE, Cassie Kinoshi And Richie Seivwright (KeiyaA Remix)
                      7. La Cumbia Me Está Llamando Feat. La Perla (Suricata Remix)
                      8. Source (Dengue Dengue Dengue Remix)
                      9. Pace (Moses Boyd Remix) 

                      John Coltrane

                      Another Side Of John Coltrane

                        This collection showcases some of Coltrane's best recordings as a side artist and features collaborations with such jazz greats as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Tadd Dameron, and Art Taylor. Primarily focusing on Coltrane's recordings as side man from 1956 and 1957 on the Prestige, Riverside, and Jazzland labels, it also includes a guest appearance (and legendary tenor saxophone solo) with Miles Davis on the track "Someday My Prince Will Come" (from the 1961 Miles Davis Columbia album of the same title).

                        The 2-LP vinyl edition contains two extra tracks that are not available on the CD and digital editions: Nutty (Originally released on the album Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane (Jazzland JLP 46) and Birks' Works (Originally released on the Red Garland Quintet album Soul Junction featuring John Coltrane and Donald Byrd). The liner notes were written by Doug Ramsey, winner of the Jazz Journalists Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Ramsey is the author of the award-winning biography Take Five, The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond. His other awards include two ASCAP Deems Taylors.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Side A
                        1. SONNY ROLLINS QUARTET: Tenor Madness (12:08)
                        2. MILES DAVIS AND THE MODERN JAZZ GIANTS: 'Round Midnight (5:22)
                        3. THE MILES DAVIS QUINTET: Oleo (6:17)
                        Side B
                        1. THE MILES DAVIS QUINTET: Airegin (4:21)
                        2. TADD DAMERON WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Soultrane (5:22)
                        3. ART TAYLOR: C.T.A. (4:39)
                        4. THELONIOUS MONK: Monk's Mood (7:48)
                        Side C
                        1. THELONIOUS MONK WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Epistrophy (Alternate Take) (3:07)
                        2. THELONIOUS MONK WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Trinkle, Tinkle (6:39)
                        3. *THELONIOUS MONK WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Nutty* (6:36)
                        4. *RED GARLAND QUINTET FEATURING JOHN COLTRANE AND DONALD BYRD: Birks' Works* (7:32)
                        Side D
                        1. THE RED GARLAND QUINTET WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Billie's Bounce (9:21)
                        2. MILES DAVIS: Someday My Prince Will Come (9:02) 

                        * Vinyl Bonus Tracks.

                        Elvis Costello

                        Hey Clockface

                          “Hey Clockface” was recorded in Helsinki, Paris and New York and mixed by Sebastian Krys in Los Angeles. Following the solo recording of, “No Flag”, “Hetty O’Hara Confidential” and “We Are All Cowards Now” at Suomenlinnan Studio, Helsinki by Eetü Seppälä in February 2020, Costello immediately traveled to Paris for a weekend session at Les Studios Saint Germain. Costello tells us, “I sang live on the studio floor, directing from the vocal booth. We cut nine songs in two days. We spoke very little. Almost everything the musicians played was a spontaneous response to the song I was singing. I’d had a dream of recording in Paris like this, one day.”

                          The assembled album, “Hey Clockface” is “An Elvis Costello & Sebastian Krys Production” following on from their work together on Elvis Costello and The Imposters Grammy-winning album “Look Now.” The motion picture of “We Are All Cowards Now” by Eamon Singer & Arlo Mc Furlow features images of flowers & pistols, smoke & mirrors, tombstones & monuments, courage & cowardice, peace love and misunderstanding.

                          Matt Berninger

                          Serpentine Prison

                            Serpentine Prison is the debut solo record from Matt Berninger front man of The National. The album, produced by renowned Memphis multi-instrumentalist Booker T. Jones (of Booker T. & The MG’s fame) will be released via Book Records, a new imprint formed by Berninger and Jones in conjunction with Concord Records.

                            “The song ‘Serpentine Prison’ was written in December 2018, about a week after recording The National’s I Am Easy to Find,” Berninger explains about the new track. “For a long time, I had been writing songs for movies and musicals and other projects where I needed to get inside someone else’s head and convey another person’s feelings. I liked doing that, but I was ready to dig back into my own garbage and this was the first thing that came out.”

                            Berninger continues, “The title is from a twisting sewer pipe that drains into the ocean near LAX. There’s a cage on the pipe to keep people from climbing out to sea. I worked on the song with Sean O’Brien and Harrison Whitford and recorded it about six months later with Booker T. Jones producing. It feels like an epilogue, so I named the record after it and put it last.”

                            The album features contributions from a wide array of notable artists, including Matt Barrick (The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire*Eater), Andrew Bird, Mike Brewer, Hayden Desser, Scott Devendorf (The National), Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz), Booker T. Jones, Teddy Jones, Brent Knopf (EL VY, Menomena), Ben Lanz (The National, Beirut), Walter Martin (The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire*Eater), Sean O'Brien, Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan), Kyle Resnick (The National, Beirut), Matt Sheehy (EL VY, Lost Lander) and Harrison Whitford (Phoebe Bridgers). Additional production on the album was provided by Sean O’Brien.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Barry says: Matt Berninger has had our attention for a long time, fronting and writing songs for The National. It comes as a little surprise then, that he's smashed out a solo album with the band still fully intact (just not the done thing is it?). Anyway, he's forgiven because what we have here is a beautifully emotive but comfortingly different creative path than his 'Day Job'. How the songs keep flowing at this quality is beyond me, let's just hope they keep flowing.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. My Eyes Are T-Shirts
                            2. Distant Axis
                            3. One More Second
                            4. Loved So Little
                            5. Silver Springs
                            6. Oh Dearie
                            7. Take Me Out Of Town
                            8. Collar Of Your Shirt
                            9. All For Nothing
                            10. Serpentine Prison

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