Taste the rain, Beau.
Taste the rain, Beau.
Our pals over at BIRP.fm just posted up a full download of Born Gold’s Bodysongs. Go scoop it up and dance your brains out! We still have some copies of the 12” left so grab that over at Insound if you haven’t yet, before they’re all gone and you’re full of regret.
Everyone knows that the Poconos are known for the prolific local yoga culture, but occasionally the harmony of middle aged movement is interrupted by foulest murder. This mixtape was commissioned by The Pennsylvania Poconos Tourism Board to get everyone a bit more into the spirit of things. Judge Noah Wall presiding.
Streaming: Pocono Yoga Murder Mystery We’re selfishly pushing copies of Noah Wall’s limited edition debut cassette here.
Another still from the “Lawn Knives” video shoot in upstate New York, August 2011.
Everything about the sound of Hèloïse unfolds from the centrality of Noah Wall’s voice, whether it’s new wave disco or simpler pop being treated to his almost maximalist production. Though that same centrality tends to lend the album a melancholic edge, the sensation is in no way inescapable. These songs are an homage - to Noah’s mother, Hèloïse Wall - and their emotional significance unfolds in a more spectacular array of color and energy than conventional albums. For those of us still graced by the presence of our mothers, a sense of that significance is elusive, but Noah’s homage ultimately achieves a certain unity of transcendence that we can all know.
All through the summer we’ve been commissioning a handful of our favorite artists and friends to help us follow-up The Cyclist’s stunning debut LP, Bending Brass, with Crash Symbols’ first remix album; a bridge to bring our Derry-based friend into a larger community and an opportunity to have his darkly buoyant techno taken down a few different avenues. The first new treatment that we’re rolling out comes from SPORTS, and they’ve given us the even rarer chance to hear that “darkly buoyant techno” covered as a synth-pop anthem. Look for the rest of the new remix album (Rending Brass?) in November.
Appropriately, both bands’ albums on Crash Symbols are now in insanely short supply - consider offering a home to the last copies of SPORTS’ s/t debut and the absolute final copy of Bending Brass, here and here, respectively.
For the past couple of weeks we’ve remained amazed by Rivka’s ability to seamlessly blend hip-hop and tropical sounds into brilliant dreamscapes. So much so that we’ve opted to put out a new digital single with the duo; something we hope will lead to more fruitful ventures together in the future. Delicate vocals weave in and out of the track while swollen synth lines, thick bass and rapid snare pops keep you in a delightful haze that is hard to escape if for no other reason than you won’t want to.
Born Gold - Alabaster Bodyworlds
Our friends over at Yours Truly just premiered the first track from the upcoming Born Gold (formerly Gobble Gobble) LP! Bodysongs is Crash Symbols’ first vinyl release and will drop September 20 in a limited 300 quantity. Head over to Insound to pre-order your copy now!