The cuties over at PORTALS just premiered a new track from our upcoming tape with the loveliest of ladies, Little Spoon. Give it a listen and then go ahead and pre-order the tape. We can guarantee this one will go fast.
While we make preparations for Halasan Bazar’s 12” LP Space Junk, enjoy a new album of demos for their 2012 cassette with Moon Glyph, How to Be Ever Happy. The band’s public speaking appendage, Fredrik, describes the album: “a 12 song collections of demos from 2008-2011 reconstructing our casette from last year How to Be Ever Happy in alternative versions. See it as an entertaining companion to the real album, not an artistic statement or anything. Enjoy!”
Though Digitalis released and sold out of its vinyl edition of Nightrunners, the second (more or less) album from Altar Eagle, last year, delays kept the cassette edition trapped at our pressing plant until just before Christmas (just after the onslaught of obligations began to tumble over us). Hence the delay, but we’re eager to get these guys shipping so read up on a the release and stream some songs below before ordering a copy at our bandcamp. If you’ve already bought the LP, the cassette edition still has plenty to recommend itself - namely, an exclusive track-by-track remix album on the b-side of the tape, with treatments from producer Cosmic Sound, Ghibli, and Ricardo Donoso just to list a few.
“When the adjective optimistic is used to describe electronic pop music, the sounds of treacly, unimaginative boy-girl duos with musical knowledge so primitive they make Beat Happening look like Beethoven in comparison often come to mind. A highly welcome change of pace, Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Altar Eagle pen mature, subtle electronic pop songs with a finely honed appreciation for sounds and dynamics” -The Needle Drop
“Everybody knows that Brad Rose is a busy man. Lucky for us, dear reader, he still finds time to sit down with his wife and kick out stellar pop music under the Altar Eagle banner.” -OMG Vinyl
“Nightrunners is their neon-hazy [second album], perhaps slightly more industrial pop oriented, with strong traces of the early 4AD records they grew up with. Eden’s voice takes a leading role, contrasting her dreamy sweetness with Brad’s raspy, steppin’ drum machine patterns and layers of synth, guitar and electronics. The robust delicacy ‘Carousel Ocean’ is the perfect example, at once whimsical yet calculated and even noisy, while the rest of the LP passes through an alternating weather system from the dark clouds and driving pace of ‘Runaways’ to the gauzy shimmer of ‘Piglette’ and the churning turmoil of ‘Get Over It’ to fractured, Morr style techno-pop on ‘No Spring Till Summer’ or the jagged noise pop of ‘Hologram’.” -Boomkat
Purchase the cassette here.
The boys from unhappybirthday just started offering a free download of their new live EP recorded during a recent show in Paris. Click through to their bandcamp to download, it’s only free for the next week.
Pitchfork reviewed Wish on Wednesday! Though we’re not of a mind on the album, let’s (you and I, sensible reader) bond in knowing that we disagree on the same points. Check that out here.
In other news, Soft Riot’s extensive treatment (remix would be a demerit) of “Dont Let Me Down” premiered the same day on FADER. Click through here to read their post or just stream the track below. While you’re at it, we’re down to our last cassette copies of Wish over on bandcamp.
Stream/Download: Window Twins - Don’t Let Me Down (Soft Riot’s Wormhole Version)
New Halasan Bazar video, clipped from various bits of footage shot by Jean Painlevé. Can’t wait to share some news regarding their upcoming LP with us, though we’ll probably be in a position to show some of the packaging designs in the coming weeks. In the meantime, their cassette How to Be Ever Happy is still available from Moon Glyph, though their supply is dwindling.
single from my upcoming release with crash symbols.
recorded in my bedroom
mixed/mastered by jake yuhas
album art by patrick farchione
One of the most bedroom-appropriate albums I’ve listened to as of late is Ghibli’s latest release, Rare Pleasures. The title accurately describes the sample-based smooth, silky house vibes that the Edmonton resident, Thomas Michael, delivers…
The folks at Windy & Warm just shared some lovely words about our cassette with our favorite house producer that rides a moose through the plains of Venus.
Welcome, to our Outlands “über post”. This week our new pressing of their EP went on sale and you can grab a copy here - we’ve got some spare press copies of other albums floating around so everyone that orders today will get their choice of another in print Crash Symbols title. Just mention the name of the tape you’d like in your paypal comments section when you check out.
We also wanted to point y’all toward a couple of spectacular instances of “press” for the band. First off, a groovy mix that the duo made for I Vacation in Your Hell, one of the better named blogs we’ve had the pleasure of brushing up against. You can check that out here. This is Fake DIY also recently premiered a Text Beak & DEFA remix of their song “Com Ocean”, clearly much beloved of remixers. That one’s up to stream at DIY.
Now that we’ve solicited your business and attention, here’s a streaming version that you don’t even have to click through a link to get to.