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Dehd

Water - 2024 Reissue

    Five years on Dehd's "Water" stands as a monument in the ever evolving indie trio's catalog - It's the record that took them out of the basement and onto festival stages.

    Love is everyday magic. That's the impression you get listening to Water, the new album by Chicago trio Dehd. Veterans of Chicago's increasingly fruitful DIY scene Jason Balla ( Ne-Hi and Earring) Emily Kempf (Vail and formerly with Lala Lala) and drummer Eric McGrady share a strange and inexplicable chemistry. Love rises up into the atmosphere like steam off a summer sidewalk and makes you wild. Love breaks your heart and you consider yourself lucky for it. Like water itself, it surrounds us, it supports us; it's what we're made of. It takes the shape of its container. The music is hazy and reverb-drenched, a scuzzy and hyped-up take on surf rock that could only come from the Third Coast. It's all animated by the red- lining feel- good spirit of the Velvet Underground's Loaded and the breezy melodicism of C86- era indie rock, with a dash of the Cramps' spooky- hop bop courtesy of McGrady's locomotive drumming.It's a clear- eyed look at the wild nature of everyday life that's been spun up in sugary sweet melodies and scratched-crystal sounds. More than anything, it's the embodiment of Dehd's m.o. from the start: As Kempf puts it, "Work with what you have and make it magical."

    TRACK LISTING

    Wild
    Lucky
    Baby
    Do You
    Wait
    On My Side
    Sunbeat
    Push The Crowd
    Love Calls
    Lake
    Happy Again
    Long Way Home
    Water

    Pure X

    Rare Ecstasy 2009 - 2019

      Pure X is the last band, has always been the last band. Not that there won’t be future acts, more that Pure X understands that all this pageantry, this civilization is wrapping up. It burned hot and bright like thermite used to bust a safe open, but now is the age of radiating waves, each one buckles the foundation more than the last. Rare Ecstasy 2009-2019 is a collection of recordings and rarities that span the more than a decade career of the Austin underground legends. Referred to by Pitchfork as the ‘druggy, wall-of-sound escapism that put them on the map’. These 12 tracks embody the Pure X sound, breaking it down and offering up a raw emotive portrait that cycle the Band’s expansive output. A must have addition to the collection of any Pure X fan.

      TRACK LISTING

      Pressure Drop
      Alexandria
      One Day At A Time
      I Don’t Wanna Make Love (With Anyone Else But You)
      Make It Look So Easy
      Valley Of Tears
      Baby
      Making History (Instrumental)
      Utopia
      Streets Are Haunted
      Crazy Lust
      Please Please Please

      Pure X

      Crawling Up The Stairs - Reissue

        Crawling Up The Stairs is the sophomore album from Austin underground luminaries Pure X, re-issued on 180 gram vinyl by Fire Talk.

        The anticipated follow-up to debut ‘Pleasure,’ the new record places Nate Grace’s ragged vocals upfront in the mix with more clearcut, refined production choices, while still imbued with the jagged sexual tension and undercurrent of catastrophe that has won them fans across the world.

        More accolades from the press followed, notably Pitchfork calling the record ‘sophisticated and self aware,’ lending a further upward trajectory to the band’s steadfast cult status. The duality of vocals from Grace and Jenkins for the first time evoke an even more enthralling immediacy to Pure X’s continued evolution of their nightmarish visions, a spellbinding combination that will find appeal in old fans and new listeners alike.

        TRACK LISTING

        Crawling Up The Stairs
        Someone Else
        Written In The Slime
        I Fear What I Feel
        Things In My Head
        Shadows And Lies
        I Come From Nowhere
        Never Alone
        How Did You Find Me
        Thousand Year Old Child
        Rain At Dawn
        All Of The Future (All Of The Past)

        Pure X

        Pure X

          Pure X is the last band, has always been the last band. Not that there won’t be future acts, more that Pure X understands that all this pageantry, this civilization is wrapping up.

          It burned hot and bright like thermite used to bust a safe open, but now is the age of radiating waves, each one buckles the foundation more than the last. Recorded live in single takes in the Texas hill country by Danny Reisch (Shearwater), this is their clearest, most focused work to date. The rhythm section is locked in--a night train through the desert. There is more singing, the weary wisdom of the lyrics ringing like Tibetan bowls. In 38 minutes, Pure X weave a culmination, all the delays and distortion, the grinding mortar of touring, the low-tide pulling them out from a cult band, to a legacy band, it’s here, understood and forgiven.

          The album’s cover (designed by long time collaborator Christopher Royal King) depicts a coffin necklace set against a wide open blue sky. It’s as if we carry our mortality like a pendant on a chain. Learning to own up and accept ourselves through self reflection. It would be understandable to express such forbidden fatalism in a brittle, harsh nihilism, the stark echo of a stone rattling down an endless well. But on this album, their fourth and first in six years, there is a predawn kindness. It may be funereal, but it is a Viking pyre ablaze in the middle of a river, one of those moments when the water seems to pause and reflect the clouds blooming like smoke from an invisible glass pipe.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Searing walls of guitar swooning around the heartfelt vocals and slo-mo percussive stomp, Pure X is a cacophony of noise, but shifting quickly enough to form chords above the tuned dirge and heady vocal soar. Melodic shoegazing for the hypnotised.

          TRACK LISTING

          Middle America
          Hollywood
          Angels Of Love
          Free My Heart
          Making History
          Fantasy
          Man With No Head
          How Good Does It Get
          Slip Away
          Grieving Song
          Stayed Too Long
          I Can Dream


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