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Tortoise

Tortoise

    As part of Thrill Jockey’s 20th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign the label are proud to bring back on vinyl the very first Tortoise album from 1994.

    Sold out on vinyl for many years, the 1994 selftitled debut from Tortoise is finally back. This 2012 edition has been remastered to vinyl by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering. The packaging emulates the original with a chipboard jacket that was custom silk-screened by Dan Macadam at Crosshair in Chicago. Also included is an insert and a free download coupon.

    Tortoise’s self-titled debut incorporates many musical styles and influences and combines them into one very distince sound. So distinct that sometime after the release of this record they became recognized as the leaders of a new musical movement.

    Tortoise exploit the recording studio, in that they utilize the recording process as a compostional tool or ‘sixth member’, thus creating a boundless parameter in which to create music.

    Recorded at Idful Studios by John McEntire.

    For this record Tortoise are Douglas McCombs, John Herndon, Dan Bitney, John McEntire and Bundy K Brown.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

    Lightning Bolt

    Sonic Citadel

      For their seventh full length, ‘Sonic Citadel’, Brians Gibson and Chippendale have done the daring, stripping away some of the distortion mask to reveal the naked pop forms as never before.

      Throughout their 25-year history Lightning Bolt have toured the world, performing at Coachella, ATP, Festivals, Pitchfork Music Festival, Austin Psych Fest and FYF Fest, to name a few.

      Brian Chippendale has collaborated with Björk, Boredoms, Andrew W.K. and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. Brian’s comics are published with Drawn & Quarterly and Picturebox. Brian is also in Black Pus.

      Brian Gibson’s game Thumper, produced by his own company Drool, was awarded the 2019 Apple Design Award, was on Gamespot, Hardcore Gamer and IDN’s Best Of 2016 lists and won countless other awards.

      Sequoyah Murray

      Before You Begin

        “A striking set of visionary soul/pop that recalls contemporaries such as MorMor and Sampha, yet his magnetic baritone voice and unpredictable productions also find strong inspiration in the outsider pop works of Arthur Russell.” - KEXP

        At just 22 years old, Sequoyah Murray is crafting the kind of concise, singular musical statements that many artists strive for their whole careers. His mutant brand of modern soul is as deeply eclectic as it is instantly arresting, a quality that drew early comparisons to Arthur Russell. Like Russell, Murray has a boundless, playful approach to composition; an incredible breadth of vision balanced by concise editing. Futuristic electronics, West and North African influenced polyrhythms, gospel vocals and psychedelic Tropicália textures blend seamlessly, anchored by his astounding three-octave baritone.

        ‘Before You Begin’ distils an enormous wealth of ideas, emotion and detail into a stunning debut. Murray’s joyful energy is infectious on his bravely intimate self-portrait, painted with an inventive and unexpected collection of sounds.

        The album is influenced by Murray’s experience growing up in one of the world’s music capitals. Atlanta’s hip hop and trap heritage finds its place in his inventive lyricism, future-seeking sonics and DIY approach to music-making. Although Murray points to rap as one influence, he cites Atlanta’s lesser-known jazz and free-improv scene as facilitating his development as an artist.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Coloured LP Info: Limited edition hi-melt brown coloured vinyl.

        Eye Flys

        Context

          Eye Flys brings together the minds of four musicians known for their work in some of the most extreme, blistering bands today. The quartet was initially started by Full Of Hell guitarist Spencer Hazard and former Backslider drummer Patrick Forrest as an outlet to play aggressive music with equal intensity that would contrast the breakneck speeds of their other projects. After asking Backslider bassist Jake Smith to join on guitar and vocals and Triac’s Kevin Bernsten on bass, Eye Flys’ potential for crafting impossibly heavy songs was solidified.

          Eye Flys’ debut ‘Context’ was written and recorded just a few short months from the band’s inception, drawing on each members’ considerable experience and driven by the excitement of playing in uncharted territory. This is an album of commanding, lean noise rock absolutely brimming with vitriol.

          The direct, raw energy of Eye Flys’ music is simultaneously menacing and intoxicating. Drawing immediate comparisons to bands like Unsane, Cherubs and The Melvins (where they take their name), the quartet’s bludgeoning sound is underpinned by a razor sharp edge. Smith’s vicious lyrics are paralleled by his unrelenting barks with passages like the opening of ‘Weaponize’ literally spat through grinding teeth. Their taut, muscular riffing and pummelling drums lay atop a foundation of deceptively intricate arrangements.

          Eye Flys’ ‘Context’ stands as a testament to its members’ abilities to produce music that is as ferocious as it is addictive. In just six songs Eye Flys not only prove their place among their peers but stand out as a force of sheer, immovable power.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Coloured LP Info: Limited edition smoky black coloured vinyl.

          Lightning Bolt

          Wonderful Rainbow

            For the 25th Anniversary of Lightning Bolt, Thrill Jockey reissue Lightning Bolt’s pivotal album ‘Wonderful Rainbow’, originally released in 2003 on Load Records. Lightning Bolt will be releasing a new album later this year.

            Legendary band Lightning Bolt’s ‘Wonderful Rainbow’ is one of the most quintessential albums to come from the underground in the last 20 years. Included in lists like Pitchfork’s 200 Top Albums Of The 2000s and the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, Lightning Bolt’s seminal record solidified their place as pillars of the underground community.

            ‘Wonderful Rainbow’ saw the duo of Brian Chippendale (drums/vocals) and Brian Gibson (bass) being compared to the likes of Slayer, Ornette Coleman and early Boredoms and captured the bristling, immeasurable energy of their mythical live shows, which continue to astonish audiences today.

            Throughout their 25 year history Lightning Bolt have toured the world, performing at Coachella, ATP Festivals, Pitchfork Music Festival, Austin Psych Fest and FYF Fest to name a few.

            Brian Chippendale releases music on Thrill Jockey with his solo project Black Pus, has collaborated with Björk, Boredoms, Andrew W.K. and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and has published several books of his art through Drawn & Quarterly and Picturebox.

            In 2017, Brian Gibson developed the video game ‘Thumper’ with his own company, Drool.

            ‘Wonderful Rainbow’ is released for the first time ever with the full artwork as initially conceived by Lightning Bolt in 2003. Front and back artwork familiar to fans is still there but now in a full wrap, only previously available in the very early screenprinted version. This wrap has full-colour artwork on the inside, originally only available as a small insert. The LP jacket itself is never before released artwork created at the time of the album. All artwork has been created by Brian Chippendale.

            Alexander Tucker

            Guild Of The Asbestos Weaver

              “Essential listening for anyone who wants to hear why the psychedelic lineage of the past 50 years is fresh and alive” - The Quietus

              Tucker’s boundless and singular vision is on full display in his most immersive and intoxicating music yet. Minimalist motifs are sculpted into deep drone constructions, weaving dense layers of maximalist sound to powerful disorienting effect. The songs occupy a unique territory somewhere between paranormal electronics and cosmosseeking psychedelia, standing as some of Tucker’s heaviest and most hallucinogenic work to date.

              Alexander Tucker is a member of Grumbling Fur, his duo with Daniel O’Sullivan (This Is Not This Heat).

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: I remember seeing Alexander Tucker play about 15 years ago on his own, with a wealth of guitar pedals and even then, he sounded like about 5 people. In this recent, more bombastic iteration you can, at the very least, double that. Huge walls of psychedelic sound and twisting lysergic melody lines and airy drones make for a thoroughly intoxicating and rewarding listen.

              Umberto

              Helpless Spectator

                Umberto is an artist whose work is distinctly cinematic. Composer Matt Hill’s performances and delicate compositions taken together have the cumulative ability to surprise. Hill, whose Umberto moniker is an homage to director Umberto Lenzi, is an experienced and active film composer, most recently scoring the film ‘All That We Destroy’. In addition to film and commercial work, Umberto has released a number of lauded solo recordings.

                On Umberto’s Thrill Jockey debut ‘Helpless Spectator’, his haunting music is otherworldly and affecting alike, leaving the listener with an unsettling and profound air of mystery. Umberto’s early recordings harken back to classic synth- driven sci-fi and horror soundtracks. ‘Helpless Spectator’ uses synthesizers in an entirely different manner. Cold, looming monolith tones are now warm, softer pads that envelope the listener while guitar, cello, banjo and pedal steel add movement and light. Still, Hill unsettles with his arrangements and melodic phrasing. Unexpected shifts and turns in even the most tender movements of ‘Helpless Spectator’ are inflected with a contemplative melancholy and fragility.

                Umberto makes masterful use of varied textures throughout the album, blending supernatural effects and grounded instruments to create distinct atmospheres. ‘Helpless Spectator’ is inquisitive and moving in equal measure, an album of sombre elegance and delicate arrangements whose cumulative effect of unease is entirely unexpected.

                Black To Comm masterfully manipulates sound, his alterations rendering sources unidentifiable and serving as a sort of portal to new realities. Composer Marc Richter collapses the past, present and future of recorded music into kaleidoscopic pieces that transcend genre, bristling with detail, an intense sensory sonic experience. ‘Before After’ charts a hallucinogenic journey through polar extremes of emotion and to the outer reaches of sound; a perfect companion to the darker ‘Seven Horses For Seven Kings’.

                ‘Before After’ was written during the same sessions that gave birth to Richter’s recent, highly acclaimed ‘Seven Horses For Seven Kings’. The intentionally crafted companion pieces mine similar raw sonic materials to yield radically different results. Where ‘Seven Horses For Seven Kings’ was a dark work focused on anger and desperation, ‘Before After’ finds faint glimmers of hope in the same sources. By reappraising the past, Richter divines new futures, opening up parallel timelines and sonic universes.

                The album bookends the current phase of Richter’s output as Black To Comm, a decisive statement piece that leaves the future of the project tantalisingly open- ended.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Barry says: A crackling, dystopian stretch of fractured basses, fizzing electronics and stretched out vocal abstractions. Arresting syncopated melodies and post-industrial soundscapes make for a thrilling and deep journey.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                Jan St. Werner

                Glottal Wolpertinger

                  “[Jan] St. Werner is boldly and single-mindedly straining to redefine what is possible and push electronic music into uncharted new territory.” - Brainwashed

                  Jan St. Werner is a critically acclaimed and internationally recognized sound innovator. In myriad ways; as a solo artist, a collaborator, through his group Mouse On Mars, as a producer, or as a course instructor at MIT, Werner has challenged traditional approaches to creating and experiencing music.

                  The sixth instalment of his ‘Fiepblatter Catalogue’ series, ‘Glottal Wolpertinger’, endeavours to transcribe the phenomenon of sound as anarchic and highly sensitive material. His multilayered presentation of the project highlights the ways in which sound and music can fluctuate and morph depending on context.

                  In keeping with the series’ collaborative nature, the pieces include contributions from guitarists Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, who Werner also collaborated with on Mouse On Mars’ ‘Dimensional People’ and The National’s ‘Sleep Well Beast’.

                  ‘Glottal Wolpertinger’ was initially conceived as a radio installation for documenta 14 with each of the tracks broadcasting individually over the course of ten weeks and culminating in a convergence of all eight tracks at a performance in Athens. The pieces consist of microtonally tuned feedback, multispectral drones which Werner modulated and filtered with a purposeful and indeed vocalized emphasis given to the different frequencies and textures used.

                  Glottal Wolpertinger is released on LP, pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged with a free download card.

                  Sequoyah Murray

                  Penalties Of Love

                    ‘Penalties Of Love’ is the debut mini album from 21- year-old vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and producer Sequoyah Murray. It is a remarkable debut, striking in its maturity and originality.

                    Writing deeply confessional lyrics and creating abstract textured song structures, Sequoyah is a product of his time, place and borderless generation, making music that is both wildly experimental and unforgettably accessible, his lyrics proudly recasting his vulnerabilities as strengths. He was born into a musical family Atlanta, Georgia, one of the music capitals of the world: his mother is a singer and his father a percussionist, both having spent their lives as creative musicians.

                    If his first loves were the east African music introduced to him by his father and his mother’s sumptuous falsetto, the booming baritone of Arthur Russell became one of his oldest friends and most important touchstones. Just like Russell, his music is at once a self-created world and the result of deeply organic collaboration.

                    While Sequoyah serves as his own producer, he enlisted the help of acclaimed producer and remixer James Ginzburg (Empstyset, Ginz, Bleed Turquoise) and David Corney to mix. His family also contributed, with his father’s drumming throughout and his mother and little brother singing on ‘Penalties Of Love’ and ‘Second Born’ respectively.

                    Pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged with free download card.

                    The incomparable duo, Matmos, have done it again! Their new album, Plastic Anniversary, was created using only plastic. Highlighting the crises of convenience, the Duo make music from our refuse. True to form, the band have assembled a promiscuous array of examples of this sturdy-yet-ersatz family of materials: Dominos, Styrofoam coolers, police riot shields, polyethylene waste containers, PVC panpipes, pinpricks of bubble wrap, pills, silicone gel breast implants and most horrifically synthetic human fat. Where did this idea come from? Drew Daniels and M.C, Schmidts own “plastic” anniversary as a couple.

                    Matmos glide from the tongue-in-cheek fun of “Breaking Bread” (literally smashing Bread LPs) to Cronenbergian body-horror of “Interior with Billiard Balls & Synthetic Fat.” The album is playful and poppy while conveying a very serious message and on the darker implications of ignoring the havoc we are imposing on the earth all for the sake of convienience

                    A super special limited edition set will come with a sculptural album, embedded with plastic bottles, that while is the actual album, is rendered viruatlly unplayable by the pastic floating within. This edition also includes the album on a exclusive multi color mashup vinyl, a t-shirt, and a bonus track, all exclusive to the box. All proceeds from this special edition will benefit The Ocean Cleanup.

                    Oozing Wound

                    High Anxiety

                      Chicago’s Oozing Wound are a mass of contradictions: weed lovers whose music hits you with its breakneck head banging force. The band deal with nihilism, yet remain addictively fun. Their music is equal parts sludge and thrash, noise and riff-loaded rock. High Anxiety is an unabashed mocking of the madness of modern living, its chemical induced adventures and establishment absurdity, deriding the industrial complex behind established institutions such as NASA while savaging those who deny science. Oozing Wound on High Anxiety are nihilistic pied pipers making us laugh our way to the apocalypse. The album finds guitarist and vocalist Zack Weil drummer Kyle Reynolds and bassist Kevin Cribbin blending their ferocious energy, sonic experiments and blunt lyricism for a pummeling enjoyable head-banger with an irresistible sneer.

                      On High Anxiety, Oozing Wound’s songs have become more complex, their attacks more ferocious, and bass and guitar lines more captivating. The album was recorded in four days at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio. The trio ripped through live-tracking and overdubs, leaving space to experiment with new sounds and effects. The band, having an affinity for the complexities of prog music, managed to bring prog elements to High Anxiety without sacrificing any of their songs punch. Subtle layers of saxophone, flutes and synths were blended into guitar tones, adding depth and texture without cluttering arrangements. Fist-pumping blasts of whitehot riffing become a Trojan horse for sonic weirdness. The resulting recordings are at once some of their most sonically rich, immediate, and impactful.

                      High Anxiety drips with a caustic vitriol that is both riotous and intoxicating

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      Coloured LP Info: “Nuclear Waste Green” coloured vinyl.

                      Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                      Elena Setién

                      Another Kind Of Revolution

                        Elena Setién is an artist defined by her vivid songwriting and nuanced compositions. Her music exudes the bold individualism and sense of empathy associated with her homeland of Spain’s Basque region. Setién is a skilled multi-instrumentalist and performed nearly every part on the record save for a few select guitar parts by Steve Gunn. While Elena’s recordings are decidedly pop, she has considerable experience as an improviser. ‘Another Kind Of Revolution’, Elena Setién’s Thrill Jockey debut, is a work of entrancing, effortless beauty.

                        Setién grew up during a period of political upheaval in Spain, in the Basque region. The turmoil of the post-dictatorship period of the 1980s and the intensive civic actions left her with a sense of duty to fight for progress. Her lyrics throughout ‘Another Kind Of Revolution’ describe the beauty of everyday life and nature and promote the forces of change, not as a burden but as the very source of hope to draw from.

                        ‘Another Kind Of Revolution’ tells its stories through an expansive sonic palette. Pianos and Wurlitzer take on various timbres for each song, trickling in and out of the foreground with Setién’s distinguished voice gently gliding overtop. Careful attention to specific recording techniques and allowing for the slight imperfections in the instruments and amplifiers, bring a depth to the recordings that is both direct and organic. Elena Setién’s work is elemental and bold. Her music bends simple, familiar sounds and compositional forms into thoroughly unique songs. With ‘Another Kind Of Revolution’, Elena Setién continues to defy convention with songs as gorgeous as they are auspicious.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                        Endon

                        Boy Meets Girl

                          Endon is a band as mercurial as they are ferocious. Comprised of the quintet of vocalist Taichi Nagura, guitarist Koki Miyabe, drummer Shin Yokota and electronics/noisemakers Taro Aiko and Etsuo Nagura, Endon’s music is contained chaos, bending and colliding genres into one another atop a bed of thunderous distortion, feedback, and unearthly squeals. Vocalist Taichi’s voice embodies an unreal number of personalities with wordless howls seething one moment and agonized cries the next, before desperate gasps for air. It comes as no surprise that they have been credited as the most extreme band in Tokyo.

                          ‘Boy Meets Girl’ was envisioned as a soundtrack to an imagined horror film about love. The core of the ensemble’s song structures are often built around Koki’s fuzz-laden guitar and Shin’s drum bombast which propel torrents of hisses and squelches from Taro and Etsuo. Taichi’s largely lyricless screams, moans and whimpers are potent messengers of the songs’ emotional heft. There lies an ecstatic, excited energy amidst the anarchic defiance Endon's music exudes. Born of the same Japanese scenes that gave rise to the likes of Merzbow and Boredoms, their sound is equally diverse and abrasive. ‘Boy Meets Girl’ demonstrates Endon’s singular faculty to produce music that is at once tortured and transcendent.

                          Through his output both as a sound artist and through his eclectic Dekorder record label, Black To Comm (Marc Richter) has established himself as a singular voice of new music. His Thrill Jockey debut, "Seven Horses For Seven Kings", is Richter’s most direct and visceral to date.

                          A relentless sonic explorer, he approaches the studio as his instrument, using sampling, analogue production and digital manipulation to sculpt audio fragments into surprising new shapes. Samples from Richter’s contemporaries like German composer Nils Frahm are bent and compounded with elements of early recorded music and medieval song, creating pieces that transcend time and genre. Richter blurs the lines between organic instrumentation and digital production to the extent that the two become inseparable.

                          "Seven Horses For Seven Kings" was completed during a particularly prolific period for Richter. Working on a broad range of commissions since his last album - from writing for film and theatre works to composing for art installations, apps and sleep music - generated a flurry of new ideas and influences. Extensive touring would equally come to inform a key shift in Richter’s music, simulating the raw, unpredictable energy of live performances on record. While rhythm has been largely absent from previous Black To Comm releases, here the music seems totally bound to it. The album’s breathtaking pace drives Richter’s music to new levels of intensity.

                          'Black To Comm is... like an abandoned museum of late-Twentieth Century instruments whose exhibits are still running at half power.' - New Yorker


                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Barry says: Pulsing doom-laiden ambience, rickety industrial echoes and foreboding strings form the backbone to Black To Comm's most evocative and absorbing work to date. Stunning stuff.

                          Thalia Zedek Band

                          Fighting Season

                            Thalia Zedek’s ‘Fighting Season’ is direct and raw, at times scorching and others fragile. The album features performances by guitarists and friends J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.) and Chris Brokaw (Come).

                            Thalia Zedek has been a been a seminal figure in the independent music scene for over 30 years as a member of Come, Live Skull and Uzi and, most recently, her trio E. ‘Fighting Season’ showcases her best songwriting and performances to date, featuring musicians she has worked with for many years, including longtime collaborator and violist Dave Curry, pianist Mel Lederman, bassist Winston Braman and drummer Jonathan Ulman.

                            ‘Fighting Season’, a term originally coined for the period of time in Afghanistan when winter comes to an end and fighting resumes, is reinterpreted by Zedek with a the focus on a rebirth of resistance brought on by the deteriorating US political landscape. Zedek deftly combines the force of her playing with the urgency of her unmistakable voice to spin tales of discord and struggle from the personal to the political. The potency of her message reflects her exceptional songwriting and playing.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive purple vinyl.

                            Jack Rose

                            Luck In The Valley

                              ‘Luck In The Valley’ is the 10th and final album by Jack Rose and is the yardstick by which many contemporary acoustic guitar albums are measured. This 2018 re-issue makes this contemporary classic available again for the first time since 2010.

                              Jack Rose first rose to prominence with the drone/noise/folk unit Pelt. Pelt can be counted among the early influential new music underground bands such as UN, No Neck Blues Band, Charalambides, Tower Recordings and Six Organs Of Admittance. Along with the influences of John Fahey and Robbie Basho, Rose also incorporated North Indian classical, early American blues, bluegrass and minimalism into his singular style.

                              ‘Luck In The Valley’ came right as Rose’s influence was just beginning to take flight but was sadly his last album before his unexpected death in December of 2009. Still, his music and influence, much like his person, bold, hearty and rooted in traditional American music continues to be a source of reference for guitarists and musicians carrying traditional American music into modern times.

                              “Jack Rose, Versatile Master of the Guitar” - New York Times

                              “The energy behind ‘Luck In The Valley’ all emanates from Rose himself: you can almost see his fingers flying across his guitar strings... energy resonates from within his melodies and his songs, giving ‘Luck In The Valley’ a radiance.” - Washington Post

                              “It’s a big, bold work, just the way Rose was a big, bold guy - confident, honest, and forthright.” - Pitchfork

                              “Jack Rose is acoustic music... Without ever singing a word. Jack Rose could communicate in a way few musicians can.” - PopMatters

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              Coloured LP Info: LP version is presented in an old-style tip-on Jacket with special linen paper and custom print adhered to the cover. The cover and LP package was designed by Jack Rose.
                              Available to independent retailers on brown coloured vinyl.

                              Brendon Anderegg

                              June

                                The music of Brendon Anderegg is a hall of mirrors, multi-layered and self-obscuring. Largely filtered through Mountains - his pioneering electronic project with Koen Holtkamp - Anderegg emerged as a solo artist in the late 90s. He returns now with ‘June’, a vinyl-exclusive release on Thrill Jockey.

                                The music on ‘June’ is a complex network of layers, paradoxically a calm and soothing listen. Collapsing history into its own contemporary sonic movements, Andregg’s methodically created work falls in the lineage of electronic pioneers like Bernard Parmegiani and early ambient projects like Tangerine Dream, Popul Vuh and Cluster and puts his solo work in the realm of New Age figures like Michael Stearns and JD Emmanuel. ‘June’ is a singularly beautiful and challenging work that marks the long overdue re-emergence of Brendon Anderegg as a solo voice.

                                Brendon Anderegg is a Brooklyn-based, Emmynominated composer with clients ranging from Pitchfork to ESPN.

                                Available only on vinyl, ‘June’ is pressed on virgin vinyl and includes a free digital download coupon.

                                On their highly anticipated fifth album Wooden Shjips augment their already rich sound with laid back, classic summer songs. 

                                Wooden Shjips, long-time leaders of the contemporary psychedelic movement, expand their sound with V. On their fifth album the quartet of Ripley Johnson (Moon Duo), Omar Ahsanuddin, Dusty Jermier, and Nash Whalen augment their already rich sound with laid back, classic summer songs. Inspired by the tumult of the modern world, and the desire to offer a contrasting vision of peace, the band has created a record that filters their trademark hypnotic grooves through an optimistic lens, resulting in music that is bright and vital.

                                Each song shimmers with a distinctly Wooden Shjips sound, a relaxed summer vibe. This was a conscious choice, an atmospheric goal that influenced nearly every detail: the tones, the delay types and reverbs used, as well as the synthesizer elements that color the songs. The band’s members collectively share a love of classic rock from the Velvet Underground to Neil Young, as well as more overt love of the San Francisco scene of the 60’s. This commonality in their formative musical years binds them even as they live in different cities. Wooden Shjips has with V. created the most concise, laid back songs of their career. Their music is a balm of sorts, a respite from the insanity that, through its regenerative abilities, empowers continued, calm resistance. A reminder of the simple power of peace and beauty, V. is brimming with optimism and a peaceful energy, aptly timed for release at the height of spring.

                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Barry says: Brimming with feel-good sunny vibes, Wooden Shjips once again confound our expectations with a superb, nuanced ride through classic psychedelia, roaring riffage and sun-soaked pop.

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                CD Info: CD version in four panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                The Sea And Cake

                                Any Day

                                  The Sea and Cake return to their roots, crafting refreshingly intimate pop songs, elegantly arranged on their first new album in six years.

                                  The Sea and Cake deliver a refreshingly intimate collection of elegantly arranged, singular pop songs. For over two decades and 11 albums, The Sea and Cake have honed a sound all their own, comprised of delicate, intertwining guitar patterns, syncopated rhythms and airy melodies. Masters of subtlety, their compositions have continually evolved - through minute alterations in texture, unusual approaches to lyrics and creative production choices.

                                  ‘Any Day’ is testament to The Sea and Cake’s artistry, song craft, and utterly unique sound. The results are intimate songs that speak to the searcher in all of us. Through shifting instrumentation and sonic exploration, the band invites you into a world that is both familiar and unexpected.

                                  “The Sea and Cake occupy an indie rock niche all their own.” - Pitchfork

                                  “After [over] 20 years as a band, The Sea and Cake is still creating vital, evolving music.” - Chicago Tribune

                                  “... theirs remains an abstract, liminal brand of pop, with Prekop’s vocals as delightfully gossamer, and his lyrics as intriguingly impressionistic as ever. Long may they run.” - Mojo

                                  Sarah Louise

                                  Deeper Woods

                                    “Sarah Louise’s music is spiritually and tangibly set apart from her peers’, her 12-string compositions culled from birdsong and rivers as well as the sacred drone of Appalachian folk music.” - NPR Music (Songs We Love)

                                    Praised by Pitchfork as “one of the most exciting figures in solo guitar music,” masterful 12-string guitarist and vocalist Sarah Louise integrates elements of drone, spiritual jazz and minimalism into her compositions.

                                    Her Thrill Jockey debut ‘Deeper Woods’ is her first album to prominently feature her voice. Louise enriches her warm singular vocal sound with a lush variety of instruments as well as layers of harmonies that together create a tapestry of texture.

                                    ‘Deeper Woods’ features performances by Louise’s House And Land bandmate and Steve Gunn collaborator Sally Anne Morgan, as well as drummer Thom Nguyen and Jason Meagher (Black Dirt Studios), who also mixed the album.

                                    Louise has toured extensively over the past year both solo and with House And Land. 2018 will see an appearance at Pickathon Festival as well as continued touring.

                                    Mouse On Mars are joined by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Aaron and Bryce Dessner (The National), Zach Condon (Beirut), Spank Rock, Sam Amidon and many more on their most inventive album to date.

                                    Mouse On Mars’ Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner return with ‘Dimensional People’. The electronic music pioneers have been critically acclaimed for their playful and inventive sound and production techniques on releases spanning from the early 1990s to now. In demand from a surprising array of artists their most recent contributions are featured on the Grammy award-winning album ‘Sleep Well Beast’ by The National.

                                    ‘Dimensional People’ is by its nature a collaborative album. Originally premiering as a spatial composition using objectbased mixing technology playing with the possibilities of sonic design (4D Sound) and collective musicianship, the recording expands upon these ideas. ‘Dimensional People’ expresses itself as a dynamic 50-piece orchestra, telling a story in sound.

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive coloured vinyl.

                                    Acclaimed Malian musician Sidi Touré returns with his fourth album, "Toubalbero". Named after the large traditional drum used to gather people in the Malian region of Gao, "Toubalbero" is a danceable, dynamic and, despite the region’s significant political challenges, joyous album. It's also the first album by the acclaimed Songhaï legend to be recorded with electric guitar and bass resulting in a truly irresistible groove! Recorded in Mali’s legendary Studio Bogolan where Ali Farka Touré, Toumani Diabate and Björk have recorded, the album was then mixed live by Jason Meagher at Black Dirt Studio (Steve Gunn, Black Twig Pickers, Jack Rose).

                                    Since his debut album Touré has toured extensively in both Europe and North America at prestigious venues and leading world music festivals, including New York’s Lincoln Center, London’s Barbican, Chicago’s Millennium Park, the Vancouver Folk Festival and New York’s Summer Stage festival. Touré will tour the US this Spring with appearances at the Brooklyn Bowl’s Festival of Mali, New Orleans Jazz Festival, and The Kennedy Center to name a few.


                                    Keiji Haino & SUMAC

                                    American Dollar Bill - Keep Facing Sideways, You’re Too Hideous To Look At Face On


                                      SUMAC, the trio of Aaron Turner (ISIS, Old Man Gloom, Mamiffer), Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists, Erosion) and Brian Cook (Russian Circles) present their first collaboration with Japan’s cultural provocateur Keiji Haino. 
                                       
                                      Japan’s fearless multi-instrumentalist and cultural provocateur Keiji Haino has made a career out of his freeform musical improvisations and diverse collaborations. Whether deconstructing American blues to a few rogue notes hanging across chasms of empty space in his solo endeavours, sparring with the nebulous fringes of psychedelia in Fushitsusha, or teaming up with musicians like Faust, Boris, Jim O’Rourke, Stephen O’Malley, John Zorn and Peter Brötzmann for fleeting aural experiments. Haino’s work is never preplanned or structured but rather a completely spontaneous exploration of chemistry, texture and dynamics.

                                      SUMAC’s tenure is much younger than Haino’s, though guitarist / vocalist Aaron Turner has covered a similarly large swath of musical territory across numerous projects and collaborations, from the sedated drones of recent projects with Daniel Menche and William Fowler Collins to the modern compositions of Mamiffer and all the way back to the restless evolutions of post-metal stalwarts ISIS. With his cohorts Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists, Erosion) on drums and Brian Cook (Russian Circles) on bass, Turner has dissolved
                                      the rigid forms of heavy music, searching for a balance between disciplined precision and unhinged musical barbarism, crafting music that vacillates between meticulously detailed instrumentation and uninhibited forays into oblique abstraction.

                                      Throughout the course of its hour-plus length, ‘American Dollar Bill’ pushes and pulls at the strictures of metal and bends the stylistic formalities of improvised music to create a sonic purge unencumbered by convention.


                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      2xLtd LP Info: 2xLP pressed on virgin vinyl, packaged in a wide spine jacket printed on uncoated stock with custom slipcase also printed on uncoated stock with
                                      metallic ink and free download card.

                                      Dommengang

                                      Love Jail

                                        Dommengang, the LA-based power trio of guitarist Dan ‘Sig’ Wilson, bassist Brian Markham and drummer Adam Bulgasem, return with the desert cruiser’s dream album ‘Love Jail’.

                                        “The way in which they approach music is refreshing and honest. It is also damn catchy too and you will have a hard time keeping still whilst listening” - Echoes And Dust

                                        “Adrenalized motorik rhythms and burly riffage with the sort of panache heard on the better Hawkwind and Guru Guru albums. It’s fuckin’ intense, dude.” - Seattle Stranger

                                        “Lean, dirty, hungry” - The Quietus

                                        Dommengang have adapted to the arid climates and imbued their particular brand of rock with a heavy dose of the best of 1970’s rock aesthetics.

                                        The album was produced by The Fucking Champs guitarist and engineer Tim Green (Joanna Newson, Wolves In The Throne Room, Fresh & Onlys, Earthless), who perfectly captured the band’s sound while creating the space of older analogue recordings.

                                        ‘Love Jail’ includes Dommengang’s most melodic and lyric-heavy songs to date - a great road trip record and a dynamic listen that is of the moment, organic and earthy with a heavy nod to the clear, lean recordings of a time long before any of its members were born.

                                        OOIOO

                                        Gold & Green

                                          OOIOO’s seminal album ‘Gold & Green’ is finally widely released on vinyl for the first time. Presented as a deluxe double LP in a gatefold jacket with spot metallic ink and full colour inner sleeves featuring glorious artwork. Pressed on virgin vinyl with free digital download coupon.

                                          OOIOO have always created a musical language all their own. Under the leadership of Yoshimi, a founding member of Boredoms, the group have recorded six albums that have subverted expectations and warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music.

                                          ‘Gold & Green’ features guest appearances from Sean Lennon, Seiichi Yamamoto (Boredoms) and Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto).

                                          OOIOO’s Yoshimi is to release an exhilarating new album this Autumn with her group SAICOBAB, featuring sitarist Yoshida Daikiti, bassist Akita Goldman and percussionist Hama.

                                          “‘Challenging’ music doesn’t get more fun than this.” - NPR Music

                                          “OOIOO traffic in a crafty kind of post-punk primitivism… the synths, power chords, polyrhythmic drumming and wordless chants building into an irresistible, throbbing whole” - The Wire

                                          “An extraordinary band.” - New York Times

                                          “OOIOO is tight, lithe and anything but robotic.” - Washington Post

                                          “White Hills have emerged from its deep sheets of psychedelia and smoke machine-cascading haze, glaring lights and all-out noise for a sinister beast of minimalist psych grooves and seductive danceibility.” - Noisey

                                          “A prolific band with a restless streak.” - Paste

                                          “A staple on the touring circuit where their explosive fusion of psychedelic, space rock, post-punk, krautrock, and ambient experimentation makes their performances feel less like traditional rock shows and more like full body and mind experiences.” - She Shreds Magazine

                                          Having continually refined their sound, pushing the boundaries of psychedelic music, White Hills have flipped the script on their new album, ‘Stop Mute Defeat’. Members Dave W. and Ego Sensation have brazenly produced an industrially-charged record that pulsates unlike anything they’ve released before.

                                          Mixed by Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Brian Eno, Afrika Bambaataa), the album was influenced by dance hall, drug den and bar, the Mudd Club - New York’s legendary haunt in the late 1970’s. Following similar techniques to those propagated by William S. Burroughs (a regular at Mudd Club), ‘Stop Mute Defeat’ sees White Hills break free from the guitar-driven structure of their earlier releases and create sounds that call to mind ‘Xtrmntr’-era Primal Scream or Cabaret Voltaire. Despite the band’s newfound approach, their criticisms of rampant consumerism and the proliferation of post-truth mythology are at their most scathing.

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Barry says: Brain-meltingly psychedelic breakdowns, grooving sludgey walls of sound and cosmic synth swells, all accentuated with distorted vocals and churning industrious bass. I loved their album with Manc psych-nutters Gnod, and I love this just as much. You will too.

                                          Brian Gibson

                                          Thumper

                                            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                            For Record Store Day 2017 Thrill Jockey presents a limited edition colour vinyl pressing of the original soundtrack to the critically acclaimed rhythm violence game ‘Thumper’.

                                            All music by Brian Gibson (Lightning Bolt).

                                            Gibson is a seasoned game artist, working on titles such as Amplitude, Guitar Hero, and Rock Band.

                                            The game Thumper, developed by Gibson with programmer Marc Flury through their studio Drool, has been lauded as one of the best games of 2016, with particular note to the music from the likes of FACT, Paste, IGN, Kotaku, and PC Gamer who called Thumper “one of the best music games ever made,” as well as being nominated for and winning awards for Best Music/Audio from Game Developer’s Choice Awards, IGN Japan, New York Video Game Awards, and more.

                                            ‘Thumper’ was also selected by Sony as one of PlayStation’s first releases for their Virtual Reality console when launched in 2016.

                                            “As spartan and laser-focused as Lightning Bolt’s music” – FACT.

                                            The LP is pressed on translucent red vinyl with black paper inner sleeve and free download coupon.

                                            ‘Thumper’ is released in a limited edition of 500 copies for the UK and Eire.

                                            ‘Book Of Changes’, the new album by Guy Blakeslee as Entrance, is a poetic song cycle about the seasons of the heart, tracing an emotional journey through longing and emptiness to peace and redemption. The adventurously produced collection of songs is reminiscent of Townes Van Zandt’s ruminative lyricism and the gypsy flavoured orchestral explorations of Arthur Lee and Love, uniquely channelled through Blakeslee’s 21st Century approach to the spiritual dimensions of American songwriting in a way that gives an old form new power.

                                            ‘Book Of Changes’ follows the release of the ‘Promises’ EP which was supported with a series of live performances including opening for Beach House, Explosions In The Sky and Scott Fagan.

                                            Mixed by David Vandervelde (Father John Misty, Jay Bennett) and Chris Coady (Future Islands, Cass McCombs) with mastering by Grammy nominated engineer Sarah Register (David Bowie, The Shins).

                                            ‘Book Of Changes’ features Blakeslee joined by longtime collaborator Paz Lenchantin (Pixies, Silver Jews) and percussionist Frank Lenz (Pedro The Lion, The Weepies).

                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                            LP Info: LP pressed on virgin vinyl with artworked inner sleeve and free download coupon.

                                            Glenn Jones

                                            This Is The Wind That Blows It Out

                                              Glenn Jones’ debut album ‘This Is The Wind That Blows It Out’ was originally released in 2004 on CD only by Strange Attractors Audio House. Thrill Jockey are proud to give this timeless classic a first time vinyl issue.

                                              Glenn Jones is a master of American Primitive Guitar, a style invented in the late 1950s by John Fahey, whose traditional fingerpicking techniques and wide-ranging influences were used to create modern original compositions.

                                              Jones, who led the post-rock ensemble Cul de Sac, brings his own made-up tunings, the use of custom-crafted partial capos, and a highly skilled picking style on both banjo and guitar, to create personal compositions that are lyrical, emotive and elegant. What sets him apart from the myriad guitarists playing today is his ability to tell stories with the guitar and banjo and to convey a range of emotions. This process starts with the compositions themselves and carries through to his selection of recording environment and engineer.

                                              ‘This Is The Wind That Blows It Out’ stands the test of time in today’s avant folk movement with Glenn Jones emerging as a clear leader. His pensive sentimentality and playful spirit, not to mention his innovative technique, have become just as ingrained into the style’s DNA as any hallmarks of the original Takoma school.

                                              Opening with the title tune, ‘This Is The Wind That Blows It Out’ meanders with heady grace, Delta-delica slide guitar as intoxicating as it is mournful. ‘Fahey’s Car’ bounces and shimmers like some of Peter Lang’s classic Takoma sides and ‘Linden Avenue Stomp’ is an alternate take of an old-timey duet with the late great Jack Rose.

                                              Jones turned away from standard tuning years ago, inventing tunings as a way of escaping the known, his 2016 album ‘Fleeting’ gained much critical acclaim and his convivial live performances prove him to be a compelling storyteller as well as an outstanding musician.

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              Ltd LP Info: The LP is pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a heavy stock jacket with inner sleeve including notes and tunings for each song and free digital download card.

                                              Luke Roberts

                                              Sunlit Cross

                                              The music made by Luke Roberts is wide in scope and spare in structure. It is as universal as it is personal - if you have to label it, the right stamp to put on it might be ‘redemptive blues’. Roberts’ songs, while deeply personal in origin, touch on universal life experiences and emotions. ‘Sunlit Cross’ is unwaveringly honest and raw, as Roberts gets closer than ever to his true self: a person who looks past the dark truths to see a real light.

                                              ‘Sunlit Cross’ features Kurt Vile, Stephen Tanner (Harvey Milk and Music Blues), John Neff (Drive-By Truckers) and Creston Spiers (Harvey Milk).

                                              ‘Sunlit Cross’ was recorded at RonnieJone$ound with Kyle Spence (who, in addition to recording tracks for Kurt Vile’s ‘B’lieve I’m Goin Down’, also drums with Vile and Harvey Milk). Spence worked closely with Roberts to make the record sonically richer than ever before.

                                              “His appreciation of the spiritual beauty of those classic sounds [Americana and southern blues] has given his music a rich warmth.” - musicOMH

                                              “Luke Roberts practices a particular form of bruised, intense country-folk, one that’s both immersive and apocalyptic.” - Stereogum

                                              “Luke Roberts is singing about the no-place of everyplace, the desolation we all know” - Pitchfork

                                              “His voice is somewhere between Townes Van Zandt and Kurt Vile - young and wise, but with an even-older worldview and simplicity.” - FILTER Magazine

                                              “Roberts’ vocals (which contain all the cackle of J Mascis and all the plaintiveness of Townes Van Zandt) are tender and bruised, and… can be legitimately heartbreaking.” - Pitchfork

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              LP Info: LP version pressed on virgin vinyl with free digital download coupon.

                                              CD Info: CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                              Oozing Wound are a thrash trio featuring veterans of Chicago’s underground scene who have played with High On Fire, The Body, Ash Borer, Wolf Eyes, Nazoranai and Black Pus, among many others.

                                              A horrifying concoction of apathy and malaise wrapped in a delectable sheet of hatred drowned in a bath of contempt.

                                              “Oozing Wound are the Chicago trio ripping up the rule book of thrash.” - The Guardian

                                              “Chicago trio Oozing Wound play loud, brash and snotty crossover thrash with a penchant for the kind of big, obnoxious riffs that can’t fail to plaster a huge grin across your face.” - Terrorizer

                                              “Their songs barrel along like Iron Lung bitch-slapping the first Megadeth album or meaty Testament-like guitar gallops infused with an air of frenetic power violence irreverence.” - Metal Hammer

                                              “A whole sweaty, stinking ruck of basement smashing fun” - The Quietus

                                              “So refreshingly anti-bullshit are Oozing Wound that they could conceivably turn out to be the Nirvana of thrash.” - Noisey

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              CD Info: CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package with high gloss varnish and 4 page booklet.

                                              Entrance

                                              Promises

                                                ‘Promises’ is Entrance’s debut for Thrill Jockey Records, featuring four astonishingly unforgettable new songs. ‘Promises’ is the introduction to a fresh chapter in the story of Entrance.

                                                Entrance is the multi-talented singer-songwriter Guy Blakeslee. An artist’s artist, Entrance is a musician with the blues running through his veins.

                                                His newest creations add up to a set of rich, cinematic songs featuring expansive orchestration and imaginative storytelling, as unique to himself as they are, at times, evocative of Townes Van Zandt, Scott Walker and Gene Clark.

                                                Among his fans, he counts the likes of Spike Jonze, who featured Entrance’s interpretation of Skip James’ ‘I’m So Glad’ in the film ‘Her’.

                                                Players on the EP include Paz Lenchantin (Pixies) and Emily Kokal (Warpaint).

                                                Artwork for the EP is by acclaimed LA artist Amanda Charchian and the photos were shot by Edouard Plongeon in Paris.

                                                Pressed on virgin vinyl with free download card.

                                                “Dilating country-blues songs into distorted Velvet Undergroundinspired drones” - The Guardian

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                Grumbling Fur are the UK based duo of Alexander Tucker and Daniel O’Sullivan.

                                                Alexander Tucker’s solo releases on Thrill Jockey include ‘Third Mouth’ and ‘Dorwytch’. A prolific artist, his latest graphic novel, the acclaimed ‘World In The Force Field’, is out now via Breakdown Press.

                                                Daniel O’Sullivan has been at the core of the wildly successful This Heat reconstitution and with Massimo Pupillo of Zu recently realised Laniakea. As part of Norwegian experimental collective Ulver he released the ‘ATGCLVLSSCAP’ album and later this year there’ll be a new album from Æthenor, his ongoing project with Steve Noble and Stephen O’Malley of Sunn O))).

                                                ‘Furfour’ is the band’s second release on Thrill Jockey, with previous releases on Aurora Borealis and Latitudes alongside their last highly successful output on The Quietus Phonographic Corporation.

                                                On ‘Furfour’, Grumbling Fur are joined by This Heat’s Charles Bullen and Isobel Sollenberger from Bardo Pond. The band have also recently collaborated with Charlemagne Palestine.

                                                ‘Furfour’ gradually emerged over three years of writing and recording at 147 Tower Gardens, the mystical, ivy-shrouded house that Tucker and O’Sullivan once called home.

                                                The band’s music is shaped all this are their long-standing shared musical affections, encompassing orchestrated poptones, collage, dub and beatmaking as well as experimental and drone elements - touchtones might include Faust, Arthur Russell, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Moondog, Michael Nyman, Gate, Syd Barrett, Stereolab, Vibracathedral Orchestra, Ashtray Navigations, CC Hennix and Madlib.

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                LP Info: LP version is pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged with artworked inner sleeve and free digital download coupon.
                                                Coloured vinyl initial pressing!

                                                CD Info: CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                                Jan St. Werner, the well-respected artist and musician known for his solo compositions, his work with Mouse On Mars and art pieces, has created a beautifully rhythmic, instantly gripping work with his new album ‘Felder’.

                                                Werner has created sounds that are listenable and inviting, complex but approachable and, mostly, completely unidentifiable. ‘Felder’ means ‘fields’ in German and here the word refers to conceptual frameworks and subjects and sound fields. Werner mixes organic sounds from French horns and cellos seamlessly with synthesized notes created with one-of-a-kind programs. He builds layers of sound with differing cadences upon one another, creating intricate patterns that connect with each other structurally, rhythmically, semantically and historically. Suggestions of jazz, industrial music, drone and even folk float in and out of the electronic compositions in a seemingly effortless manner; paradoxically, ‘Felder’ was meticulously constructed over the course of four years.

                                                “Music that makes you hyper-aware of your place in relation to it and something that removes you from thinking about yourself altogether” - Pitchfork

                                                Werner has collaborated with Markus Popp (Oval), Mark E Smith (The Fall), Damo Suzuki (Can), the scientist / writer Oswald Wiener and the theorist Siegfried Zielinksi on pieces that were premiered at the Chicago Symphony, Phiharmonie Cologne, Barbican London, Radialsystem Berlin, HAU Berlin, Akademie der Kunste Berlin and the German public radio stations WDR, SWR, BR, and DLF. Werner has also shown works at Kunstverein Munich, Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, Museum Abteiberg Monchengladbach, Cubitt Gallery London, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf and Cornerhouse Manchester.

                                                In addition Werner has worked with the visual artist Rosa Barba on pieces premiered at London’s Tate Modern, the MIT List Visual Arts Center and the Reina Sofia in Madrid.

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                LP Info: LP version pressed on virgin vinyl with free download card.

                                                CD Info: CD version packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                                Matmos

                                                Ultimate Care II

                                                ‘Ultimate Care II’ is the new album from renowned conceptual electronics duo Matmos (Drew Daniel and MC Schmidt).

                                                Recorded in the basement studio of their home in Baltimore, the album is constructed entirely out of the sounds generated by a Whirlpool Ultimate Care II model washing machine. Like its namesake, the album runs across its variations as a single, continuous thirty eight minute experience that starts with the grinding turn of the wash size selection wheel, and ends with the alert noise that signals that the wash is done. Between these audio-verité book-ends, we experience an exploded view of the machine, hearing it in normal operation but also as an object being rubbed and stroked and drummed upon and prodded and sampled and sequenced and processed by the duo, with some occasional extra help from an ultra-local crew of guest stars (some of whom regularly do laundry chez Matmos).

                                                Dan Deacon, Max Eilbacher (Horse Lords), Sam Haberman (Horse Lords), Jason Willett (Half Japanese) and Duncan Moore (Needle Gun) all took part, either playing the machine like a drum, processing its audio, or sending MIDI data to the duo’s samplers. The vocabulary of the Ultimate Care II, its rhythmic chugs, spin cycle drones, rinse cycle splashes, metallic clanks and electronic beeps are parsed into an eclectic syntax of diverse musical genres. The result is a suite of rhythmic, melodic and drone-based compositions that morph dramatically but remain fanatically centered upon their single, original sound source.

                                                In addition to releasing a string of acclaimed albums over the past 20 years, Matmos have played the uterus and reproductive tract of a cow at the San Francisco Art Institute, canisters of helium at Radio City Music Hall (while opening for Bjork) and John Cage’s personal collection of conch shells at Carnegie Hall.

                                                Matmos have also collaborated and performed with Terry Riley, The Kronos Quartet, Antony Hegarty, William Basinski and Horse Lords.

                                                Three videos will be serviced: one by Baltimore musician Max Eilbacher (Horse Lords, Needle Gun), one by infamous collage artist / plunderphonic cut-up wizard Vicki Bennett (aka People Like Us) and one by Ed Apodaca of San Francisco motion graphics firm L-inc, who created the ‘Very Large Green Triangles’ video for Matmos’ last album.

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                LP Info: LP pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a heavy stock jacket with full colour inner sleeve and free download card.

                                                Revered Chicago-based instrumental group Tortoise, comprised of Dan Bitney, John Herndon, Doug McCombs, John McEntire and Jeff Parker, have spent 25 years making music that defies description. While the quintet have nodded to dub, rock, jazz, electronica and minimalism throughout their acclaimed and influential six-album discography, the resulting sounds have always been distinctly their own.

                                                It’s a fact that remains true on the hotly anticipated forthcoming new album ‘The Catastrophist’ (Thrill Jockey) and Tortoise’s first studio album in nearly seven years.

                                                Recorded at McEntire’s famed Soma Studios, it’s an album where moody, synth-swept jams like the opening title track cosy up next to hypnotic, bassand- beat missives like ‘Shake Hands With Danger’ and a fantastic cover of David Essex’s 1973 hit song ‘Rock On’ sung by U.S. Maple’s Todd Rittmann. Throughout, the songs on ‘The Catastrophist’ transcend expectations as often as they delight the listen’s eardrums.

                                                ‘Rock On’ isn’t the only vocal moment on the album. Yo La Tengo’s Georgia Hubley distinctive tones are on the bittersweet classic soul/R&B vibe ballad ‘Yonder Blue’. this also marks the first time a Tortoise album will feature a guest vocalist singing original lyrics.

                                                ‘Gesceap’, the first track premiered from ‘The Catastrophist’, is a stunning seven-minute long, minimalist rhythmic piece, morphing from two gently intersecting synth lines into a pounding, frenzied full-band finish.

                                                There’s a deeply intuitive interplay between the group that comes only from two decades of experimentation, revision and improvisation. At a time when our minds are constantly bombarded by myriad distractions, ‘The Catastrophist’ reminds us that there’s something much greater out there. All we have to do is listen.

                                                Tortoise

                                                Beacons Of Ancestorship

                                                  "Beacons Of Ancestorship" is Tortoise's sixth full-length album, and their first release of new material in five years, since 2004's "It's All Around You". A characteristic Tortoise album is one that traverses an encyclopaedia of styles and reference points, a document of where musical intersections and dialogue are occurring at a given moment in time. "Beacons Of Ancestorship" is no different, with nods to techno, punk, electro, lo-fi noise, cut-up beats, heavily processed synths, and mournful, elegiac dirges. We see these ideas working out in compositions like "High Class Slim Came Floatin' In", an eight-minute track which playfully references the world of ecstatic rave and dance culture with a curiously ambivalent, multi-part suite overlaid with robotic, machine-sounding melodies that stop and start in several different time signatures before the song's ultimate resolution; and again in "Yinxianghechengqi", which begins as a straightforward uptempo math-rocker before steadily accelerating into a wall of fuzzy atonal sqwonk.

                                                  Tracklisting
                                                  1. High Class Slim Came Floatin' In
                                                  2. Prepare Your Coffin
                                                  3. Northern Something
                                                  4. Gigantes
                                                  5. Penumbra
                                                  6. Yinxianghechengqi
                                                  7. Fall of Seven Diamonds Plus One
                                                  8. Minors
                                                  9. Monument Six One Thousand
                                                  10. De Chelly
                                                  11. Charteroak Foundation

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                  Dave Heumann, leader of the beloved Arbouretum, branches out with his debut solo record ‘Here In The Deep’. While Arbouretum were on a year-long hiatus Heumann continued writing, finding himself with a collection of material that displayed a different style of songwriting from his past efforts.

                                                  The recording of these songs gave Heumann a chance to play with a talented group of friends, including Walker Teret of Lower Dens, drummer / percussionist Mike Kuhl, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and accomplished pianist Hans Chew, among others.

                                                  The songs on ‘Here In The Deep’ were arranged with a mind to explore textures outside of what Arbouretum typically embody.

                                                  Significantly, ‘Here In The Deep’ was mixed by John Parish (Perfume Genius, PJ Harvey, Tracy Chapman, Jenny Hval), whose sense for the deep, warm spaces the songs occupy allowed him to give the album a distinct clarity not found on any Arbouretum album.

                                                  Highly informed by folk and pop traditions, the album’s ten tracks are so well crafted that they seem instantly familiar. Lyrically, the songs touch on themes at once cosmic and universal: the connection of the human spirit to its environment and different routes to navigate within. There is a paradoxical lightness to the recording juxtaposed with a deeply resonant sense to the words.

                                                  ‘Here In The Deep’ is a lush showcase of the considerable lyrical, vocal and guitar talents of Dave Heumann and, for the listener, a rich escape.

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  LP Info: LP version includes artworked inner sleeve and free download coupon.

                                                  Dan Friel creates intense, colourful and intricate instrumentals that, for all their complexity, are melodic pop songs. Equally at home in the DIY scene and the contemporary art world, Friel has been at the forefront of a movement of musicians who create dance music with a clear affinity for the extremes of noise and metal, eschewing the traditional dance clubs and adhering to the ethics of the underground.

                                                  On his second Thrill Jockey album ‘Life’, Friel uses his surprisingly small arsenal of gear to distort and manoeuvre his beloved Yamaha Portasound into an expansive sound that is incredibly varied in tone and texture. This toy keyboard, his first instrument, is manipulated beyond recognition to create songs that are frenzied and epic.

                                                  ‘Life’ also has moments that are incredibly sweet, idyllic, and fragile - sentiments that make perfect sense coming from a new father whose instrument of choice is his childhood keyboard.

                                                  All throughout ‘Life’, Friel exploits his intentionally simple set-up to ever surprising effect, using simple electronics to mirror the sounds of guitars, drums and harmonicas. It is an irresistible and genrebending collection of underground anthems.

                                                  ‘Life’ was written and recorded by Friel at his home studios in Brooklyn and was mixed by Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts, Liturgy).

                                                  ‘Life’ is Friel’s sophomore Thrill Jockey release following ‘Total Folklore’.

                                                  “Punchy instrumentals instilled with the raw energy of punk” - Pitchfork

                                                  “Full of technicolor chirp, sugar-rush whoosh, and a bucket of adrenaline” - Stereogum

                                                  “A merry onslaught” - New York Times

                                                  “It’s pretty much bottled raw power” - Tom Ravenscroft, BBC

                                                  “Fucking great” - Kurt Braunohler

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  CD Info: CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package. LP version includes free download coupon.

                                                  “Eleventh Dream Day have forged one of the most durable sounds to emerge from the indie-rock underground. Balancing ragged guitars against fragile melodies and sweet vocal harmonies, the Chicago group’s albums perfectly encapsulated the promise - both artistic and commercial - of post-punk alternative rock.” - Rolling Stone

                                                  On ‘Works For Tomorrow’ core Eleventh Dream Day members Rick Rizzo, Janet Beveridge Bean, Mark Greenberg, and Douglas McCombs are joined by James Elkington (Brokeback, Tweedy), marking the first time the band have recorded with a second guitarist since 1994. Elkington’s addition has unleashed the band’s strengths. The ferocious and visceral interplay between Rizzo and Elkington charge the band with a joyous exuberance that sweeps the listener in for the 43 minutes of ‘Works For Tomorrow’.

                                                  The album also features performances by long time friend Martin Wenk (Calexico) and Rich Parenti on horns.

                                                  Eleventh Dream Day are known for their raw, inexhaustible live performances. They honed the songs on ‘Works For Tomorrow’ during an extended residency at Chicago’s legendary club venue The Hideout and the packed, sweaty energy of those shows is unmistakable on this new recording. Drummer and sometime lead vocalist Janet Beveridge Bean breaks free as never before with her vocals igniting the songs with an animalistic urgency as she furiously propels the songs with pure command from behind the kit.

                                                  Eleventh Dream Day’s fiery performances and inventive arrangements make for the most complex and compelling record of their career. ‘Works For Tomorrow’ finds the band fixed on the road ahead, barrelling toward the horizon with the radio turned way, way up.

                                                  ‘Works For Tomorrow’ was recorded and mixed by Mark Greenberg at the Loft (Wilco’s studio) and Mayfair Recordings.

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  LP Info: LP version features alternate cover artwork and is pressed on virgin vinyl with a free digital download card.

                                                  Dommengang

                                                  Everybody's Boogie

                                                    Dommengang are a Brooklyn-via-Seattle rock trio fronted by Pacific Northwest psych mainstay Sig Wilson (Holy Sons, Castanets, Scout Niblett) and Brooklyn musicians Brian Markham and Adam Bulgasem (currently members of Holy Sons’ live band).

                                                    While the trio’s affection for electric blues and proto-punk bombast is clear, their music abandons traditional song structures and replaces their recognizable tropes with progressive frameworks. The band’s debut, ‘Everybody’s Boogie’, pivots between gloriously inventive riffs and fuzzed-out experimentation, a combination so potent that the listener hardly notices that they rarely sing.

                                                    ‘Everybody’s Boogie’ was recorded live in the studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with minimal overdubs.

                                                    Recommended for fans of Pontiak, Endless Boogie, Earthless and Goat

                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                    LP Info: LP mastered and cut to vinyl by Josh Bonati at Bonati Mastering and pressed on virgin vinyl with free download card.

                                                    CD Info: CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                                    White Hills are one of the most legendary acts in psychedelic rock today and remain a consistent top seller, often selling through multiple vinyl pressings quickly upon release.

                                                    ‘Walks For Motorists’ showcases a new intensity for the band, emphasizing rhythm and groove. It is their definitive statement.

                                                    The album was recorded at Bryn Derwen Recording Studio in Wales with David Wrench (Caribou, Bear in Heaven, FKA Twigs, Owen Pallet).

                                                    White Hills have recently appeared in Jim Jarmusch’s film ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’, toured with both The Cult and Kylesa and were selected by Scion for their AV Club compilation.

                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                    LP Info: LP version pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a high gloss jacket with spot varnish, artworked inner sleeve and free download coupon.

                                                    Liturgy are a Brooklyn-based, self-styled ‘Transcendental Black Metal’ band whose yearning, energetic music exists in an uncanny space between avant rock, black metal, fine art and shamanic ritual. Led by songwriter and conceptual architect Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, who is joined by guitarist Bernard Gann, bassist Tyler Dusenbury and drummer Greg Fox, the band exist as a 21st Century total work of art (gesamtkunstwerk), activating divine potencies by means of music and culture even as they underscore the contradictions inherent in such a project during the internet era.

                                                    ‘The Ark Work’ is the much anticipated follow up to Liturgy’s 2011 breakout album ‘Aesthethica’.

                                                    ‘The Ark Work’ hums and churns with Hunt-Hendrix’s inventive arrangements, drenched with glockenspiels, bagpipes, strings, ritual chanting and MIDI horns. It supplements its metal energy with motifs from unlikely, disparate genres; crossfertilizing hard-style beats, occult-oriented rap and the glitched re-sampling of IDM, with structures from Medieval sacred music, Romantic classical music and minimalism. The result is a rich, seething cyber-fantasia that is improbably listenable, conveying the disarming, authentic emotion that is Liturgy’s hallmark - a blend of startling invention, high calibre musicianship, raw energy and profound, cosmic sadness.

                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                    2xLtd LP Info: Deluxe double LP packaged in a gatefold jacket with high gloss varnish on inside panels and spot varnish and debossing on front cover. LPs are pressed on virgin vinyl and housed in artworked inner sleeves with free download coupon.
                                                    Special white vinyl format exclusively available to independent retailers.

                                                    White Hills

                                                    Glitter Glamour Atrocity

                                                      'Glitter Glamour Atrocity' is a snapshot of the band in the midst of an incredible burst of creativity, and was recorded during the same sessions that produced 'Heads On Fire' and 'Abstractions & Mutations'. Sonically, it is radically different from anything else coming out of the New York underground at the time, and it set the template for the singular concoction of heavy psychedelic music, krautrock, and a worship of pure sound they have explored in different variations ever since.

                                                      Throughout the album the band explores themes of greed, misinformation, war, hypocrisy and their outcomes within the world’s political and economic systems, presenting these weighty topics with the same air of mystic understanding that underpins their music. Glitter Glamour Atrocity includes the song “Under Skin Or By Name,” the longest running staple in the band’s live set, which the band performed in the acclaimed film Only Lovers Left Alive at the request of director Jim Jarmusch. It is one of only two performances in the movie, which is enamored with the music making process and record collector culture.

                                                      Following the mood-setting intro track and the meditative bombast of “Under Skin or By Name,” WHITE HILLS settle into the sparse groove of “Spirit of Exile,” an expression of a desire to live apart from a culture that one does not fit into. These songs glow with the burning vitality and passion of free thinkers trapped in the waning years of the Bush administration. Those sentiments are perhaps most compellingly expressed on “Love Serve Remember,” a warped, surreal vision of life after 9/11 seen through the eyes of someone who witnessed the event first-hand, interspersed with a brilliantly edited speech by Bush himself in which he admits “I was a threat to the United States.”

                                                      Glitter Glamour Atrocity was recorded with the first iteration of the trio line-up with Dave W on vocals, guitar, synthesizers, and sound collage, Ego Sensation on bass and vocals, and Bob Bellomo on drums. It was recorded at Bellomo’s studio in Passaic, NJ, and produced by Dave W.

                                                      The Soft Pink Truth is the solo alter ego of Drew Daniel, one half of celebrated Baltimore-based electronic duo Matmos.

                                                      After a decade of silence in which Daniel concentrated on Matmos and becoming a Shakespeare professor, The Soft Pink Truth is set to release ‘Why Do The Heathen Rage?’, whose subtitle ‘Electronic Profanations Of Black Metal Classics’ reveals its bizarre agenda as an unrequited love letter to a justly divisive genre.

                                                      A gleeful queer travesty of black metal’s undying obsession with kvlt authenticity, ‘Why Do The Heathen Rage?’ is also a formally precise homage executed with a scholar’s obsession. With the guitar chord transcription assistance of Owen Gardner (Teeth Mountain, Horse Lords) and a coven of guest vocalists including Antony Hegarty (Antony And The Johnsons), Terence Hannum (Locrian), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak) and M.C. Schmidt (Matmos), Daniel meticulously transposes the riffs, structures and patterns of black metal chestnuts and deep cuts by Darkthrone, Venom, Mayhem, Sarcofago, Beherit and more into oddly hybrid new forms. Cruising camp absurdity by forcing a sticky tryst between the two mutually incongruous early 90s subcultures of rave and black metal, the results are bracingly strange on first listen but curiously addictive as the album sinks in.

                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                      CD Info: CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                                      Glenn Jones

                                                      Welcomed Wherever I Go

                                                        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                        Brand new 16 minute 12“ EP from Glenn Jones pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a full colour LP jacket with free download coupon.

                                                        Limited to only 1,000 worldwide.

                                                        All exclusive, never before released material.

                                                        Limited to 120 copies for the UK and Ireland.

                                                        A Minor Forest

                                                        Flemish Altruism / Inindependence

                                                          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                          Classic albums from the early days of Thrill Jockey.

                                                          Originally released in 1996/1998 - these have been out of print on vinyl for nearly a decade.

                                                          Both albums are being re-issued and will be sold as a 4xLP set.

                                                          ‘Flemish Altruism’ will feature new/updated artwork.

                                                          Both will include download coupons for the first time.

                                                          A Minor Forest recently reunited and played a very well received show in San Francisco (with a Bay Guardian cover story)

                                                          The band will tour the US in April & May of this year.

                                                          Limited to 60 copies for the UK and Ireland.

                                                          2013 was a notable year for Thalia Zedek. She released her first album in five years, ‘Via’, which PopMatters called a “rumbling, sweet, muscled set of tunes, as resilient as they are beautiful,” followed by a tour across North America with Low. She also reunited with Come, the classic band she formed with Chris Brokaw in 1990, reissuing their classic debut ‘Eleven:Eleven’ and playing their first shows in over a decade across the US and Europe. Following this intense flurry of activity, Thalia regrouped with herband in Boston to record an EP, harnessing the creative energy she had accumulated during her time on the road.

                                                          ‘SIX’ is a brand new 29 minute mini-album following ‘Via’, which was praised by Pitchfork, Spin, PopMatters, Paste, American Songwriter, Magnet, and Under The Radar.

                                                          ‘SIX’ opens with a full band version of ‘Fell So Hard’, a characteristically mournful dirge that exudes a tenacious, slowmoving intensity. Zedek explores the complexities of interpersonal relationships, employing some of the most sparse arrangements of her career. The spareness of tracks like ‘Julie Said’ and ‘Afloat’ achieve incredible emotional heft, letting Thalia’s lyrics, delivered in her unmistakable voice, take centre stage.

                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          CD Info: CD version packaged in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                                          CD includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                          D. Charles Speer & The Helix

                                                          Doubled Exposure

                                                            D. Charles Speer, aka Dave Shuford, is a founding member of both Rhyton and No Neck Blues Band, and also known for his work with Enos Slaughter, The Suntanama, Egypt Is The Magick #, and Coach Fingers.

                                                            On ‘Doubled Exposure’ The Helix take their loose and free country rock boogie and enhance it with the blistering psych Speer explores in Rhyton, and the traditional Greek melodies delved into on the Speer solo album, ‘Arghiledes’ (also on Thrill Jockey).

                                                            ‘Doubled Exposure’ was recorded by Jason Meagher at the increasingly legendary Black Dirt Studios in upstate New York, where Blues Control, Expo 70, Jack Rose and Psychic Ills have also recorded.

                                                            The Helix band member Hans Chew (keyboards) has released solo music on Three Lobed, while Marc Orleans (pedal steel) has performed with Catherine Irwin, Steve Gunn, Meg Baird and Chris Forsyth.

                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                            CD Info: CD version comes in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold
                                                            package.

                                                            Wooden Shjips’ rise to prominence from the psychedelic underground to the rock and roll overground has been a steady sojourn. With each consecutive release, the band has found new ways of transforming heady psychedelic rock into minimalist masterpieces, bridging the gap between the woozy freeness of Les Rallizes Denudes and Crazy Horse and the tightly wound simplicity of Suicide and the Velvet Underground. Back To Land, the quartet’s follow-up to West, is the first Wooden Shjips record to be conceived outside of San Francisco. Ripley Johnson and Omar Ahsanuddin moved to Oregon, where the lush climates became a major influence on the songwriting. The band’s scope expanded to include more earthy, grounded tones, such as the acoustic guitar, without abandoning their modernist psych core.

                                                            There is an increased brightness to many of the songs on Back To Land, an easiness with which the band has flirted with in the past but never fully realized until now. The nervy urgency of West has evolved into an assured confidence, from the alliterative, interlocking guitar and organ groove of “Ruins” to the languidly compelling guitar solos of “Servants.” The addition of the acoustic guitar to the band’s textural palate is coupled here with some of the most melodically direct songs the band has written.

                                                            Still, there are still plenty of signature Shjips songs, with distorted riffs, modal keys, and a steady, crisp drum sound unfolding intensely while the elongated melodic guitar lines drift in and out of the foreground. On Back to Land this energy is captured in clear detail, designed as an immersive experience rather than a passive blasting. Back To Land was laid to tape at Jackpot Recording Studios in Portland by Kendra Lynn and mixed by Larry Crane. It was recorded over an 11-day session, resulting in some of the most detailed and spacious recordings of their career.

                                                            Back To Land is a breakthrough record for the Wooden Shjips: nuanced, varied and utterly addictive.

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Andy says: The Shjips sail on, doing the same mega thing, but better!

                                                            ‘Mediation Of Ecstatic Energy’ is the third album from Dustin Wong, and the conclusion of a trilogy that began with ‘Infinite Love’ (2010) and continued with ‘Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads’ (2012).

                                                            Dustin Wong was a founding member of Ponytail and Ecstatic Sunshine.

                                                            “Wong makes intricately layered guitar music that is as hypnotic as it is beautiful.” - The Fader

                                                            “While Brian Eno and Robert Fripp first brought the music-as-system aesthetic within hailing distance of pop music in the mid 70s, Wong is way ahead of them when it comes to making his system turn out things that sound like pop songs.” - Dusted

                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                            CD Info: CD version packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style
                                                            gatefold package.

                                                            ‘Drifter’s Temple’ is Plankton Wat (aka Dewey Mahood)’s second album for Thrill Jockey, following last year’s ‘Spirits’.

                                                            Mahood utilized 6 and 12 string guitars, lap steel, bass, organ, and synth to realize these richly detailed songs. ‘Drifter’s Temple’ harkens back to Mahood’s childhood in Northern California, both sonically and conceptually. A loose narrative is woven through these ten instrumental tracks, touching on the Gold Country and Mt. Shasta that populate his native countryside.

                                                            The album unfolds with the grace and contour of the landscape that inspired it, with fingerpicked melodies slowly growing to gigantic peaks of lysergic bliss. His guitar style is as far reaching as ever on ‘Drifter’s Temple’, which shows him seamlessly integrating his love of the Appalacian folk music of Dock Boggs and Roscoe Holcomb into the subtle Grateful Dead-isms, nods to 70s cosmic music, and overt Crazy Horse moves he has explored on recent releases.

                                                            ‘Drifter’s Temple’ features contributions from Dustin Dybvig (Horse Feathers and Edibles), Matt McDowell (Sagas) and John Rau (Royal Baths and Edibles).

                                                            Dewey Mahood was a founding member of Eternal Tapestry and has performed in Gärden Söund (with Barn Owl), Edibles, Bloodbiker, and Jackie-O Motherfucker.

                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                            CD Info: CD version comes in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                                            White Hills

                                                            So You Are... So You'll Be - Bonus 12" Edition

                                                              This LP is available exclusively to independent retailers in the UK packaged with a bonus 3 track 12” featuring 30 minutes of all-new material. This format is expected to be extremely limited. This bonus material will not be available anywhere else.

                                                              White Hills’ seventh studio album, ‘So You Are... So You’ll Be’, features Dave W on guitars, synthesizer and vocals, EgoSensation on bass, synthesizer and vocals, and Nick Name on drums. The album is their most concentrated blast of psychedelic interstellar rock to date. Building on the solid foundations laid by last year’s excellent ‘Frying On This Rock’, they went back to BC Studios, Brooklyn to record once more with Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans), emerging with a concentrated blast of White Hills at their fullest potential. 

                                                              ‘So You Are… So You’ll Be’ is a blazing totem of rock & roll empowerment. After the deconditioning and deprogramming blast of electronic noise which is ‘InWords’, the album opens properly with the call to arms ‘In Your Room’, a skyscraper razing slab of mantra metal, which bids you abandon all doubt and fear so you can start your quest into inner space. ‘The Internal Monologue’ is an ecstatic shivering sliver of celestial acidic drone followed by the post-Hawkwind transmission of ‘So You Are... So You’ll Be’. 

                                                              White Hills command that you cower before the altar of the mind warping, machinetooled riff that is ‘Forever In Space (Enlightened)’, but after this cataclysmic shock, there is barely time to process what just happened before you are lowered into the howling lysergic swamp rock of ‘Rare Upon The Earth’. Only the echoing synthesized landscape of ‘Circulating’ offers some respite. The album builds effortlessly to the sumptuous ‘MIST (Winter)’ which features a John Carpenter synth line engine inserted into a glistening La Dusseldorf chassis, forming some kind of god-like chariot.

                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                              Ltd LP Info: Deluxe LP version is pressed on high quality virgin vinyl and presented in an old-style tip-on gatefold jacket with UV high gloss printing and free download coupon.

                                                              Mountains

                                                              Mountains Mountains Mountains

                                                              ‘Mountains Mountains Mountains’ was originally released in 2008 on the Catsup Plate label in a tiny edition of 500 copies that quickly sold out.

                                                              Thrill Jockey are happy to re-issue the album in a limited edition of 1,000 copies with different artwork (an inverted colour scheme from the original) pressed on high quality virgin vinyl with a download coupon for the first time.

                                                              This re-issue follows the band’s latest album ‘Centralia’ (released in January of this year to critical acclaim). The band toured the US and Europe this year in support.

                                                              Koen Holtkamp describes ‘Mountains Mountains Mountains’ thusly: “One thing that strikes me on listening back 5 or so years later is both how different and similar it sounds to what we are currently doing. While these pieces are clearly more minimal and intimate on some level and our technical approach has changed somewhat, the dynamics between the acoustic and electronic elements remain fairly consistent throughout our releases. Which is something we’ve been engaged with from the beginning and part of what defines us as a band.”

                                                              The record’s artwork mirrors the band’s ability to create music that encourages personal revelation through universal consciousness: “We made sign up sheets with instructions for people to right the word Mountains which we had by the door at a few of our shows and left in a couple record stores in NY. Each ‘signature’ is in a unique handwriting by a different person, but all writing the same word.”

                                                              Mountains vinyl remains in very high demand, with ‘Centralia’ already in a third pressing.

                                                              Peals

                                                              Walking Field - Bonus 7" Edition

                                                                Limited deluxe LP edition (150 copies for the UK, exclusively available to independent retailers) includes a bonus 7” with two unreleased non-album tracks (‘Night Train To Tuscan’ / ‘Believers II’). The 7” is packaged in its own jacket and included with the LP.

                                                                Peals is a new band led by William Cashion (Future Islands) and Bruce Willen (Double Dagger), members of two of Baltimore’s most dynamic live bands.

                                                                The instrumental music on ‘Walking Field’ was created with acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, tambourines, toy pianos, and other sonic tools to create a stripped-down, warm living room atmosphere.

                                                                The music that sprang from these sessions, simultaneously exultant and cerebral, took the duo into unexpected territory. While the emotional intensity of their other projects is on full display here, a more gentle, melancholic and often abstract expression recalls Robin Guthrie and minimalist recordings from the sonic pioneers of the 1970s German scene - all direct inspirations for Peals as the songs that would become ‘Walking Field’ took shape.

                                                                ‘Walking Field’ was recorded with no bass guitars or drums - all percussion sounds were generated by contact with guitars and microphones - the emphasis here is placed on texture and feeling.

                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                Ltd LP Info: Just found one copy of this!

                                                                Peals is a new band led by William Cashion (Future Islands) and Bruce Willen (Double Dagger), members of two of Baltimore’s most dynamic live bands.

                                                                The instrumental music on ‘Walking Field’ was created with acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, tambourines, toy pianos, and other sonic tools to create a stripped-down, warm living room atmosphere.

                                                                The music that sprang from these sessions, simultaneously exultant and cerebral, took the duo into unexpected territory. While the emotional intensity of their other projects is on full display here, a more gentle, melancholic and often abstract expression recalls Robin Guthrie and minimalist recordings from the sonic pioneers of the 1970s German scene - all direct inspirations for Peals as the songs that would become ‘Walking Field’ took shape.

                                                                ‘Walking Field’ was recorded with no bass guitars or drums - all percussion sounds were generated by contact with guitars and microphones - the emphasis here is placed on texture and feeling.

                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                CD Info: CD version packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold
                                                                package.

                                                                Survival are a New York trio featuring Hunter Hunt-Hendrix (Liturgy), Greg Smith, and Jeff Bobula.

                                                                This self-titled debut was recorded by Colin Marston (Krallice, Dysrhythmia) at The Thousand Caves and mastered by Heba Kadry at Timeless Mastering.

                                                                ‘Survival’ is an album of dark and meditative heavy rock. Syncopated riffs, intricate rhythms and atypical time signatures create dramatic and complex melodic lines that provide a bed for chant-like lyrics. The group operate as a collective, writing lyrics, riffs and singing with one voice. The album is a unique document that harkens back to post-hardcore, Black Sabbath, Magma, Aphrodite’s Child, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Aaron Copeland, The Smashing Pumpkins, and the first wave of math rock.

                                                                Survival were formed out of the ashes of Birthday Boyz, whose 2007 tour of China was documented by Vice TV for an instalment of the Music World show ‘Rock Under The Red Flag’.

                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                CD Info: CD version packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                                                John Parish is an accomplished composer, solo artist, and producer. Parish has worked with PJ Harvey since the 80s (when she was backing singer and guitarist in his cult band Automatic Dlamini), producing and performing on many albums with her, including the 2011 Mercury Prize-winning ‘Let England Shake’.

                                                                Parish has also worked with Eels (he co-wrote and performed on Eels’ 2001 album ‘Souljacker’), Sparklehorse, 16 Horsepower, Tracy Chapman, Adrian Utley, Rokia Traore, Jenny Hval, and Howe Gelb / Giant Sand.

                                                                ‘Screenplay’ compiles music created for the films ‘Little Black Spiders’ (2012, Patrice Toye, Belgium), ‘Sister’ (2012, Ursula Meier, Switzerland), ‘Nowhere Man’ (2008, Patrice Toye, Belgium), ‘Plein Sud’ (2009, Sébastien Lifshitz, France).

                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                2xLP Info: Deluxe 2LP version includes eight tracks not on the CD
                                                                format, and is pressed on high quality virgin vinyl
                                                                packaged in a gatefold sleeve. A coupon for a free
                                                                download of the music with a digital booklet is included.

                                                                CD Info: CD version is packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package with a 4 page booklet.

                                                                Stygian Stride is the solo guise of the New York based musician Jimy SeiTang, who was a member of Psychic Ills and is currently a member of New York experimental / improve / psych trio Rhyton with Dave Shuford (D. Charles Speer & The Helix, No Neck Blues Band) and Spencer Herbst (Messages, Matta Llama). Rhyton released albums on both Thrill Jockey and Three Lobed in 2012.

                                                                Stygian Stride is an album of gauzy electronic music reminiscent of Gas and the classic era of Mille Plateaux and Chain Reaction, with nods to Manuel Göttsching, Tangerine Dream and Popul Vuh.

                                                                The album artwork was created by Arik Roper (Sleep, Sunn O))), Howlin Rain, Earth, High On Fire, Weedeater).

                                                                The album was recorded entirely on analogue equipment, without MIDI synching, at Black Dirt Studios by Jason Meagher (D. Charles Speer, Jack Rose, Expo 70, Blues Control).

                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                CD Info: CD version is limited to 500 copies worldwide and
                                                                packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                                                Matmos deliver their first material for Thrill Jockey in the form of ‘The Ganzfeld EP’, which is nearly 30 minutes in length. A new full length album, ‘The Marriage Of True Minds’, is to follow in 2013.

                                                                The EP and the album have the same conceptual basis: Telepathy. ‘The Ganzfeld EP’ features two new Matmos tracks that are explicitly based upon psychic session material, and a throbbing minimal techno remix by RRose of the Matmos song ‘You’. Careening from widescreen electronic pop to eerie choral music, the results are eclectic, fun, and disorienting in equal measure. Matmos are one of the most prominent experimental electronic artists of the last decade. Their seven albums have been some of the most significant and acclaimed in the genre, and their high profile collaborations and shows with artists like Bjork and Kronos Quartet have given them definite exposure that extends far beyond the world of heady electronic music.

                                                                “Matmos are an innovative electronica duo... playing their tactile and thunderously crunchy work” - The New York Times

                                                                “Matmos have always heard symphonies in life’s smallest details, sampling things like thawing streams and liposuction vacuums and building busy pop tapestries out of them” – Pitchfork

                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                CD Info: The CD version is packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package with a 4 page booklet.

                                                                Matthew Friedberger

                                                                Solos

                                                                  ‘Solos’ is a six album box set from The Fiery Furnaces’ own Matthew Friedberger.

                                                                  Each album focuses on a different instrument: ‘Napoléonette’ - piano; ‘Old Regimes’ - harp; ‘Cut It Out’ - drums; ‘Arrested On Charges Of Unemployment’ - bass; ‘Meet Me In Miramas’ - guitar; ‘Death-In-Life’ - organ.

                                                                  Each LP is a full length album packaged in a full colour LP jacket. All six LPs are housed in a heavy duty box with removable lid and hand-pasted cover artwork. These albums were released individually in limited supply in 2011.

                                                                  The albums were mostly recorded in France and are all mastered by Joe Lambert at JLM Sound in New York.

                                                                  Friedberger has released eight albums with The Fiery Furnaces, the band he runs with his sister Eleanor. ‘Solos’ is designed to illustrate the following Cretan-Lacedaemonian principle: Every group of instruments against every other group of instruments; every instrument against every other instrument; and especially, every instrument against itself, all alone.

                                                                  The ‘Solos’ series has been reviewed extensively by Altered Zones, Entertainment Weekly, Spin Magazine, Pitchfork, Stereogum, AV Club and The Village Voice, amongst many others.

                                                                  “Friedberger throws himself at it with such joyous abandon that one would think he’d been kept from it months against his will” - Under The Radar

                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                  6xLP Info: NB Postage info: This is housed in a heavy box and the postage rate is equivalent 8 LPs.

                                                                  Plankton Wat is the solo sound world of Dewey Mahood, known for his work in Eternal Tapestry, Gärden Söund (with Barn Owl), Edibles, Bloodbiker, and Jackie-O Motherf*cker. Beginning as a home recording project in 2001, Mahood has slowly built a collection of highly personal music that has filtered out into the underground via tape labels such as Stunned, Digitalis, and Sloow. 2009 saw the release of Dawn of the Golden Eternity, a full length LP on DNT which brought together many of Mahood's influences - kosmische drones, spiritual improvisation, burnt out psych, and sun baked folk.

                                                                  Raised in rural Northern California, and calling Portland, OR home since the early 90s, Mahood has spent his life dedicated to the outsider fringe of experimental music. Early bands like Ungutta, and Kino-Eye explored DIY punk and free improv, while Elephant Factory (with Larry Crane of Tape-Op magazine fame) took on avant guitar rock in the tradition of Mission of Burma. Mahood's music has gradually moved into the dark realm of psychedelia first traced in early 2000's bands The Cosmos Group, and Scuffle & Dustcough, both of which borrowed from late 60's San Francisco acid rock. Upon meeting Nick Bindeman and forming Eternal Tapestry in 2005 there has been no looking back. In recent years Mahood has also worked with Barn Owl in the project Gärden Söund, drenched his music in dub with Edibles, blasted hardcore punk with Bloodbiker, and laid down the bass groove with Jackie-O Motherfucker.

                                                                  Spirits, the Plankton Wat debut for Thrill Jockey, takes these diverse experiences and creates a record of soaring exploration and raw beauty. The album is intended as a meditation on the Pacific Northwest environment - the dramatic landscape of the Cascades, high desert, rugged coastline, and ever changing sky. Recorded throughout 2011 on 4-track cassette in Mahood's basement, Spirits traces a year of changing seasons, feelings, and emotions. Inspired by the "universal music" of Don Cherry and Alice Coltrane, the album uses a variety of instruments including electric and acoustic guitar, bass, hand drums (played by Dusty Dybvig (Edibles, Horse Feathers) on the title track), synthesizer, harmonium, banjo, cymbals, drum machine, and voice in a layered approach reminiscent of Sandy Bull and Brian Eno. Both a celebration of the magical possibilities of life, and a contemplative look into the darkness, Spirits creates a warm blanket of sound perfect for watching the sunset from a high coastal sand dune. Exotic and esoteric as the ancient city of Angkor Wat which Plankton Wat takes its name, this is future primitive music for mental escapism.

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Darryl says: A wonderful mix of avant drones, burnt out psyche-folk, and kosmische induced synthy sways.

                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                  LP Info: LP version includes free download coupon.

                                                                  White Hills newest and most energized recording to date is bursting with raw energy packed into their most concise songs to date. Fear not long time White Hills fans, there is still loads of killer guitar work and fuzzed out psychedelia on 'Frying on this Rock. The album opens with an under five minute scorcher and closes with a 15 minute track that reminds us why space rock gatekeepers like Julian Cope were very early supporters. The end result, Frying on this Rock, is an invigorating deep space rock album. An album that is at once able to channel the energy born of a collective anger into a swirling psychedelic, brutalizing musical statement that mainlines the thrill of defiance straight to the listener’s heart.

                                                                  “...White Hills have established themselves as some of America’s foremost proponents of fuzz-driven space rock... Its latest effort H-p1 expands upon the the legacies of Hawkwind, Can, and early Tangerine Dream with synapse-frying deepspace epics” - SF Weekly; “A darkly hypnotic mix of churning guitar, distant vocals and swirling synth drones, this record conjures a riff-heavy psychedelic vibe that picks up where the Velvet Underground and Spacemen 3 left off. Far out.” - Los Angeles Times.

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Darryl says: More epic fuzz-psyche onslaughts from the current leaders of the pack, the White Hills. Molten guitars and a pummelling rhythm section, create a swirling wave of noise taking space rock to new dimensions.

                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                  CD Info: CD version comes in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                                                  High Places is Rob Barber and Mary Pearson. The two create danceable pop music that is both artistic and refined. While very much involved in the music scene of New York and later migrating to Los Angeles, High Places has always been on its own unique musical path. The consistent dialog between the duo over the span of three albums is always through rhythmic and melodic ambient space. The two mix their particular internal rhythms with a long-standing love of UK and US dance sensibilities such as that of UK garage, drum and bass, Chicago/NYC house, Detroit techno, dub reggae, and electro dancehall. The early influence of visceral live experiences of NYC/Philly hip hop of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s is evidenced in the band’s massive sound system. With Original Colors, they are at once pushing forward with much heavier and more complex beats, but also returning to their more gritty, electro-acoustic roots.

                                                                  Recorded in the band’s home studios in Los Angeles, Original Colors dives headlong into driving bass pulses and dynamic rhythms. Rob and Mary’s singular visions are built upon a foundation of syncopated beats, while still adhering to their layered, collaborative style of writing. From the four-on-the-floor dance rhythms of album opener “Year Off” to the more extended and darker phrases of tracks like “Sophia”, the end result is more forceful than ever. Throughout their nearly five years of existence, the band has traveled extensively and performed in a multitude of environments. Whether it’s at the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan or in an industrial warehouse in Santiago, Chile, their travels are reflected in Original Colors. The album is dotted with sun-drenched references to Australia’s inimitable foliage, the expansive desert of Northern Mexico, and the crystal, blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Such allusions are presented over a bed of swirling stereo rhythms and infectious melodies that are the band’s signature. Each track possesses a specific texture and emotion that serve to create a variegated yet unified album that is held together by the binding force of Mary’s mezzosoprano vocals. The air of naïveté has been peeled away since the first album, and her voice is pushed to the fore; liberated from the dense sonic waves of previous work, and blossoming into a truly melodic instrument.

                                                                  Visual art plays an important role in Mary and Rob’s collaboration. The two make video projections for their stage shows, keep a photo blog that documents their travels (http://hellohighplaces.blogspot.com), and create their own album artwork. In this way and others, Mary and Rob challenge the conventional parameters of a rock band and instead give us a multisensory aesthetic partnership that continually defies expectations.

                                                                  High Places has plans to tour this fall; bringing their sound to new environments, always in the hope of collecting experiences that will shape the evolution of their truly unique sound.


                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                  CD Info: CD version comes in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                                                  Wooden Shjips, as it is today, started in 2006. The band self released a 10” and 7” that year and started playing shows shortly thereafter. Prior to 2006, Wooden Shjips was an experiment in primitive and minimalist rock. After it imploded, Ripley Johnson, guitar and vocals, assembled the current lineup of Dusty Jermier on bass, Nash Whalen on organ, and Omar Ahsanuddin on drums. 'West' marks the first time the band recorded in a proper studio, as well as the first time with an engineer (Phil Manley). All previous recordings, either self-released, for Holy Mountain, or Mexican Summer were done more piecemeal in the band’s rehearsal studio. 'West' was recorded and mixed in six days at Lucky Cat Studios in San Francisco. It was mastered by Sonic Boom at Blanker Unisinn, Brooklyn, with additional mastering by Heba Kadry at the Lodge in New York.

                                                                  The over riding theme for the album (as indicated by the title) is the American West, and all of the mythology, romanticism, and idealism that it embodies. The band members grew up on the East Coast, so for a long time the history and literature of the West was an abstraction and a fascination for them. Part of the allure of the West, which is part of the myth, is the concept of Manifest Destiny, the vastness, and the possibilities for reinvention, which is not to say that is what each song is specifically about, but it was very much an undercurrent during the songwriting of the album. The artwork also touches on the same theme by using an iconic structure that is both a gateway in a literal and metaphorical sense.

                                                                  It is easy to see why these would appeal to Wooden Shjips, as their music lends itself to exploration. It is both transformative and transporting, the sum being far greater than it’s parts. The steady driving rhythms are the elliptical motion machine driven by the often thick and distorted guitar lines, melodic and boundless. Where they may lead cannot be anticipated but following them is exhilarating. It is all about getting there, the destination, while the experience of getting there is an adventure. It is the guitar lines that guide both the listener and the band on the literal and metaphorical journey into the vastness. The ghostly vocals, obscured by dense layers of instruments surrounding them, are alluring with their airy mystery. This elusive quality further draws the listener in, while they attempt to grasp at their meaning. While indebted to both the psych music of the ‘60s and mid-‘70s, electric Neil Young, and even the induced travels of Spacemen 3, the Wooden Shjips’ music is modern and in every way their own. 'West' is an epic journey to the edge and beyond.

                                                                  Thank You could only come from one city, at one moment in time. Like Pere Ubu’s Cleveland and Joy Division’s Manchester, post-industrial Baltimore serves as simultaneous playground, obstacle course, and muse to this show-stealing art-rock trio. Jeffrey McGrath (everything), Michael Bouyoucas (everything), and Emmanuel Nicolaidis (everything) are veterans of a cold era when the Baltimore music scene barely exceeded the carrying capacity of a warehouse elevator. Things change, and the band’s urgent collision of rhythm, melody, and noise has placed them at the creative center of today’s Baltimore renaissance, sharing stages and tours with such acts as Beach House (Sub Pop), Lungfish (Dischord), Celebration (4AD), Dan Deacon (Carpark), Zomes (Holy Mountain), Jason Urick, and Future Islands (both Thrill Jockey).

                                                                  Launched in 2006 with original drummer Elke Wardlaw (who now resides in Berlin), Thank You carved out a new sound drawing inspiration from the innovative post-punk of This Heat and Swell Maps and the polyrhythmic attack of The Ex and Dog Faced Hermans. Their live shows have become the stuff of (living) legend, a tension-and-release pile-on that drops jaws and leaves organs vibrating; their recordings, crafted with collaborators such as J. Robbins (Jawbox, Yeasayer, Ponytail, and Mary Timony) and Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House, Gang Gang Dance, TV on the Radio), all vital documents of the recent future as performed by six arms and three sets of teeth.

                                                                  Thank You’s first full-length with new drummer Emmanuel Nicolaidis follows closely on the heels of 2009’s sold-out 12” EP Pathetic Magic. A band that once limited its vocals to hums, grunts, and chants has entered the next phase, delivering a stellar collection of challenging rock-and-roll songs. But Golden Worry eschews easy, anthemic sing-alongs, instead dipping into the vocabularies of Krautrock, post-punk, no-wave, and noise to produce what is at once Thank You’s most melodic and most aggressive record.

                                                                  Here we have guitars, drums, and vocals -- but also ‘60s Vox organs, harmonica, mini-moog, jaw harp, sampler, and Fender Twin Reverb amps -- all in the service of six hypnotic tracks of Baltimore-built avant-rock. From the first-jangling, then-jagged guitars of album-opener “1-2-3 Bad” to the triumphant swirls and squeals of “Continental Divide” and the dexterously deconstructed instrumental bridge of galvanizing closer “Can’t/Can,” these songs are intricate yet immediate stunners. Attacked with the ecstatic, fierce energy of a Thank You live set – and then perfected in the studio with ears attuned to dub, Eno, 20th Century classical, and Konono No. 1 – Golden Worry is a new world in which we listeners can lose ourselves: the sound of Baltimore at the vanguard as we enter the Two-Thousand Teens.

                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                  CD Info: The CD version comes in a four panel mini-LP style
                                                                  gatefold package.

                                                                  Daniel Higgs

                                                                  Say God

                                                                    Daniel Higgs is a musician and artist from Baltimore, Maryland on whose behalf superlatives are destined to fail. It’s not that his artistic output – spanning three decades, numerous albums, books of poetry and collections of drawings – simply eludes classification, it defies it. Often we hear that a true work of art is meant to speak for itself, and with the work of Daniel Higgs the maxim rings truer than ever. Daniel is best known for his work as the lyricist and frontman of Lungfish, whose work on Dischord Records has spanned 3 decades. In addition to his work with Thrill Jockey, Daniel has released solo work on Holy Mountain, Northern Liberties, Open Mouth and Ideal Recordings. "Say God" is an album of gospel songs and poems, recorded with the help and enthusiasm of David Andrew Sitek (TV On The Radio).

                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                    2xCD Info: The double CD version is presented in a 4 panel
                                                                    gatefold mini-LP style package with fold out 8" x 10"
                                                                    insert.

                                                                    Mi Ami

                                                                    Steal Your Face

                                                                      Highly anticipated Thrill Jockey full length album from Mi Ami. Produced by Phil Manley (Trans Am).

                                                                      Mi Ami is committed to their own particular joyful noise, to the intersection of vicious high-energy playing with ebullient communal experience. In this climate, when pretty much every band has some dub records at home and myriad musical influences have been rendered mundane, Mi Ami defines itself by turning inward.

                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                      CD Info: CD version comes packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package with 4 panel insert.

                                                                      Double Dagger

                                                                      Masks

                                                                        Baltimore trio Double Dagger’s songs are meant to be experienced, rather than just listened to - either at one of their intense performances or with the volume turned up loud enough to feel it in your gut. Their performances have highlighted their hometown Baltimore Whartscape Festivals, upstaged the likes of The Jesus Lizard and Melt Banana, and left smouldering rubble around the US and in Europe on tours with Dan Deacon, Parts & Labor and The Deathset. 2009’s ‘More’ album captured that intensity on what their local City Paper called the year’s best local album.

                                                                        Music reviewers have compared Double Dagger to (in alphabetical order) At The Drive In, Big Black, Cop Shoot Cop, Dead Kennedys, The Fall, Fucked Up, Happy Mondays, Henry Rollins, The Hold Steady, Led Zeppelin, Les Savy Fav, New Order, Nirvana, No Age, Rites Of Spring, Shellac, Steve Reich, Unwound, The White Stripes and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, among others. While this description is generally apt, Double Dagger continues to push the boundaries of what some critics have dubbed agit punk, art rock, DIY, future shock, hardcore, metallic funk, minimalist punk, post-grunge, post-hardcore, post-pop, post-punk, post-rock, or underground music.

                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                        Ltd CD Info: The "Masks" package is designed by the band’s design studio Post Typography.
                                                                        The CD is available in three different covers, all with custom die-cut jackets printed as different mask drawings with 'eyes' that change colour depending on the orientation of the sleeve. Limited to 675 copies.


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