Dream Boat: The Rose Explodes
The Rose Explodes is the lush and percussive sophomore album from Athens, GA psychedelic collective Dream Boat. The band began as a collaboration between Page Campbell and Dan Donahue. Two artists/musicians who were born on the same aquarian day. Together, they bridge several generations of Athens' psychedelic collectives and musical freak families. Page has performed in Hope for Agoldensummer, among other projects for over a decade. Dan, a longtime Elephant 6 collaborator, has penned lyrics for Bear in Heaven, Of Montreal, and Elf Power. With engineer/musician Suny Lyons, Page and Dan weave the sounds of many amazing players, such as Scott Spillane (Neutral Milk Hotel), John Fernandes (The Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System), Andrew Reiger (Elf Power), Claire Campbell (Hope for Agoldensummer), James Husband (Of Montreal), and Kris Deason (Dark Meat, Hot Fudge). On their new album, Dream Boat continues their exploration of heavenly soundscapes, wrapping them around a new, more vibrant intensity. The Rose Explodes is, like the name implies - soft and sensual on the surface, with a seething power just under the skin. With intimate, cosmic energy, themes of sexuality, love, loss, and being lost.
Circulatory System: Mosaics Within Mosaics
Circulatory System are back with a new double album called "Mosaics within Mosaics". They are led by Will Cullen Hart, visual artist and one of the main songwriters of the psychedelic pop band The Olivia Tremor Control. Coinciding with a tour with old friends Neutral Milk Hotel, including an appearance at Pitchfork Music Festival, the album will be released June 24th, 2014. The album was culled together in the style in which Will has always worked, using recordings from his copious back catalog of home recordings spanning from twelve years ago to now. It was masterfully assembled by Derek Almstead (Faster Circuits) with overdubs by John Fernandes (Dream Boat, Jacob Morris, The New Sound of Numbers, Old Smokey), Heather McIntosh (The Instruments), AJ Griffin (Laminated Cat), Peter Erchick (Pipes You See, Pipes You Don't), and Jeff Mangum & Jeremy Barnes (Neutral Milk Hotel). The lyrics feature Will's unique observations and impressions of life - poetic and meaningful. The music is entrancing, sometimes flowing into long instrumental passages that set a very pleasant atmosphere. Since the mixes originated in Will's bedroom, they all have his signature deep-focus production style. He is very enamored with using the mixes of songs from the day they were recorded instead of trying to capture the same magic when re-recording them. It makes sense because the sound of the recordings have as much impact as the songs themselves in creating an enveloping world of words, melody, and texture. Available on limited edition vinyl (1000 copies), digital, and CD.
Old Smokey: Wester Easter
Old Smokey is a unique five piece ensemble featuring Jim Willingham on banjo, Jason Trahan on lap steel, John Fernandes on violin/clarinet/bass clarinet, Jacob Morris on cello, and Rob Lomax on drums. Their quixotic and sometimes haunting sound has developed organically; the way the instrumentation of the band blends is both complementary and evocative. This distinctive unit began playing together over two years ago. Old Smokey's first full-length album, "Wester Easter" will be released on Cloud Recordings, April 29, 2014.
Despite a wide adventurous berth, "Wester Easter" is not the soundtrack of a flippant genre-jumping band. Throughout the album, their strong, sonorous mark is consistently there, as the instruments blend, swirl, and crescendo, then break down, from time to time, into the spidery banjo, drums, and plucked-cello skeletal substructure. Led by Jim's reedy lead vocal, spinning narratives or spilling out constellations of imagery, the whole band often joins, in chorus, to create layered harmonies or group chants.
Old Smokey is compiled of veterans of the Athens music scene. Members have played with bands such as The Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System, Vic Chesnutt, Ham1, Moths, Madeline, The Good Ship, and The New Sound of Numbers, to name just a few of their past and current projects. Their previous 7 inch and ep can be purchased at gypsyfarm.net.
The New Sound of Numbers: Invisible Magnetic
The New Sound of Numbers is an experimental post-punk band based in Athens, GA. It is fronted by Hannah Jones on 12-string electric guitar and features members of Pylon and The Olivia Tremor Control. Their album “Invisible Magnetic” is the follow up to their debut album “Liberty Seeds” which was released in 2006 by Cloud Recordings. The new album has a more celebratory feel than the first, and the driving rhythms and layered percussion lend themselves to both a sense of urgency and instant danceability Violin, clarinet, melodica, synth, and trumpet beautifully interplay throughout the songs, and occasionally take a turn towards musique concrete while also bolstering the upbeat feel of the songs. The rhythms of “Invisible Magnetic” are even more tribal, with an African influence, than those of “Liberty Seeds”, whose songs were described by Electrelane’s Mia Clarke in a review for Wire Magazine as “giving a nod to the Slits and Lizzie Mercier Descloux” The New Sound of Numbers can be placed categorically next to fellow Athenians Pylon and the B-52s. Recommended if you like The Raincoats, Deerhoof, Neu!, and Electrelane.
Faster Circuits: Tunes of Glory
Dream Boat: Eclipsing
Dream Boat is the music of Page Campbell and Dan Donahue, two artists, musicians and longtime participators in the Athens, GA psychedelic underground. Page (Hope For Agoldensummer, Creepy, Dark Meat) and Dan (Elephant 6 collaborator, who has contributed lyrics for Elf Power, Of Montreal, and most recently Bear in Heaven), have spent years writing and recording music together.
Jacob Morris: Moths
Jacob Morris is from Athens, Georgia. He started playing cello in Austin, TX at the age of four, and played with his musical family until he left home. The unique music community that is Athens attracted him years back. and since then he has supported some of its finest musicians and songwriters playing cello, guitar, bass, and keys with artists such as Ham 1, Vic Chesnutt, Liz Durrett, Madeline, and currently Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers. Taking cues from the psychedelic pop and folk of this robust scene, Jacob has crafted a stellar debut with his Moths album. A beautiful voice--reminiscent of Elliott Smith, Love is Overtaking Me-era Arthur Russell, and John Cale--paired with a timeless songwriting sense that evokes reflection and meditation akin to a late 60's Nick Drake or Roy Harper track, Morris seams it all together with a roster of eclectic musicians that have played with everyone from The Olivia Tremor Control, Silver Jews, Clem Snide, and many others. Madeline added some chilling harmonies that give some songs a Tusk-era Fleetwood Mac feel. A good post-breakup listen, Moths was recorded over three sessions throughout the past two years in Nashville with the amazingly patient and talented producer/engineer Loney John Hutchins. The result of all this patience is a lush sonic landscape that is breathtaking at its most beautiful moments and unassumingly charming at its most humble.
The Olivia Tremor Control: Black Foliage: Animation Music (Remastered & Expanded)
Remastered and expanded re-issue of The Olivia Tremor Control's ambitious, highly influential second album from 1999, which originally sold 40,000 copies. Comes with a bonus disc featuring over and hour of unreleased, compilation, b-side, and live material. Perfect symphonic pop songs in an elaborate tapestry of tape manipulation, free jazz, and electronics. Guest appearances by The Apples (in Stereo) and Neutral Milk Hotel. Reissue to coincide with the band's tour of America and Europe, including an appearance at the Jeff Mangum curated ATP in December. "Pop at its most playful and the avant-garde at its cuddliest - a 27 song trip in which structure and chaos keep leap-frogging each other. Dedicated headphone junkies should be thrilled with the deep focus production and tidal wave of melody. Even the most elaborate concept albums can be fun." - Rolling Stone
The Olivia Tremor Control: The Game You Play is in Your Head, Parts 1, 2, & 3
A trilogy of new songs by The Olivia Tremor Control. Soulful and psychedelic. The Olivia Tremor Control are back, finishing a new album, and touring America and Europe this year.
Pipes You See, Pipes You Don't: Lost in the Pancakes
Lost in the Pancakes was recorded at home over the last few years by Peter Erchick of The Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System, The Instruments, The Wedding Band, among others. It is the follow up to his albums Individualized Shirts and Special Fanfare for Anything.
Largely a solo effort (Erchick plays most of the instruments including piano, other keyboards, guitar, bass, percussion etc.), there are also contributions from Elephant 6 cohorts John Fernandes, Eric Harris, Bill Doss, Heather McIntosh, Derek Almstead, Robbie Cucchiaro, Heather Heyn, and Emily Growden.
Supercluster: Paris Effect / Neat in the Street
"Paris Effect"-a dreamy haze both wistful and yearning anchored by a wall of sound and pristine guitar previously only available on a very limited record day compilation from Wuxtry records. This recording by Supercluster, from Athens, Georgia features a "dream team"of musicians including Vanessa Hay (Pylon), Hannah Jones (The New Sound Of Numbers), Bob Hay (Squalls/Bob Hay & the Jolly Beggars), Bill David (North Georgia Bluegrass, Monkey), Kay Stanton and Jason NeSmith (Casper & The Cookies),Bryan Poole (of Montreal/The Late BP Helium) and John Fernandes (Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System and many others).
Supercluster: I Got The Answer b/w Sunflower Clock
In a world where some people prefer the crisp sound of digital recording, while others prefer the warmer sound of vinyl, Athens, Georgia super-group SUPERCLUSTER offers its audience the opportunity to experience the best of both genres. Supercluster’s ï??rst CD, Waves, was released in 2009 to critical acclaim.
In a nod to the old school, Supercluster has now released two of its most popular songs, “I Got the Answer” and “Sunï??ower Clock” as a 45 on heavy mixed color vinyl, sure to become a collector’s item. The seven inch single comes with a hand-screened mini-poster, signed and numbered by Athens artist Amanda Burk. The mini-poster and record are limited to an edition of three hundred. Jason Nesmith of Bel Air Studios produced the 45, and Rodney Mills at Masterhouse mastered the recording. Hannah Jones (THE NEW SOUND OF NUMBERS, SUPERCLUSTER) designed the label. This is from Studio Mouse Productions, distributed by Cloud Recordings. Features members of PYLON, THE OLIVIA TREMOR CONTROL, CIRCULATORY SYSTEM, THE NEW SOUND OF NUMBERS, CASPER AND THE COOKIES, etc. Limited Edition, hand-numbered. Recently opened for the B-52’s.
Circulatory System: Signal Morning
Seven and a half years in the making, culled from hours of recorded material sculpted in at least seven different studios, the new Circulatory System album is an absolutely stellar document of song and sound. Still concerned with matters of the inner / the outer, the incomprehensibly huge and the very, very small. An imperative blast of kinetic motion, composed by W. Cullen Hart while in the midst of battling Multiple Sclerosis within his own system - broadcasting his urgent pleas to the world(s) to evolve into a higher dimension, or for existing patterns to reveal themselves at peace within the natural order of the universe. Featuring all the members of The Olivia Tremor Control, as well as Jeff Mangum and Julian Koster of Neutral Milk Hotel. Thick with textures, layered percussion, angular guitars, vibrating strings, woodwinds, and brass. Eagerly anticipated since the first record, with mounting excitement enhanced by tours with the Elephant 6 Orchestra, the Instruments, Pipes You See, Pipes You Don't, the New Sound of Numbers, Need New Body, and the Sea & Cake. The new tracks that were posted on the Circulatory System myspace page were immediately reviewed positively by Pitchfork. The band plans on major touring when the album comes out.
Nesey Gallons: Eyes & Eyes & Eyes Ago
Eyes & Eyes & Eyes Ago was recorded by Nesey Gallons (The Music Tapes, Circulatory System), and includes Julian Koster of The Music Tapes and Neutral Milk Hotel. The soft and gentle songs feature pump organs, acoustic guitars, banjos, singing saws, minimal drums, xylophones, sounds of nature, and delicate, childlike vocals. It was recorded from October 27th, 1906 to January 8th, 1907 in Old Bennington, Vermont, except "Aurora Borealis" which was recorded around Easter 1907 on an island in Maine. Gallons used an 8-track tape recorder, tube preamps, tube compressors, and a lot of RCA ribbon microphones. He recorded and produced the album, singing most of the vocals through a phonograph flower. The record is about the pursuit of friends not yet found/lost souls?the idea of childhood sorrow as if it were nothing more than coming into awareness of these missing souls?the difficulty of human life causing one to long even more deeply for the absent to be here, everywhere... Highlights include "Forest-Lit Dinners" with duet vocals by Sarah Moran and a fantastically booming bass drum, and the haunting pop anthem “Aurora Borealis”. Recommended if you like Elliott Smith, The Music Tapes, Neutral Milk Hotel, and The Microphones.1
SUPERCLUSTER is an Athens super-group featuring members of PYLON, THE OLIVIA TREMOR CONTROL, CIRCULATORY SYSTEM, DEERHUNTER, CASPER & THE COOKIES, THE NEW SOUND OF NUMBERS / SOUND HOUSES, INSTRUMENTS, BOB HAY & THE JOLLY BEGGARS, and THE SQUALLS. It has been described as “Appalachian Wave” because of the combination of an eclectic mix of elements - three female vocalists, upbeat rhythms, violin, cello, mandolin, clarinets, acoustic guitar, keyboard, and angular electric guitar. Bringing together many generations of Athens music, they have been developing their sound over the last couple of years through consistent practicing and live shows. They are going to be doing more shows in support of the album including a show opening up for the B-52s. This is also one of the last documents of the guitar skills of Randy Bewley (PYLON), who passed away earlier this year. Bradford Cox of DEERHUNTER, a longtime fan of PYLON, stepped in to help SUPERCLUSTER in the studio after Randy passed away. Heather McIntosh of INSTRUMENTS / GNARLS BARKLEY / LIL’ WAYNE also appears on the record and is playing live with the group now as well.
The New Sound of Numbers: Liberty Seeds
Visual artist and electronic musician Hannah Jones (percussionist with Circulatory System) presents her pop/experimental/post-punk full-length as The New Sound Of Numbers. Imagine the Raincoats with Sun Ra in the style of This Heat's "Repeat".
Tall Dwarfs: Weeville
Remastered reissue of the 1990 masterpiece by legendary New Zealand band Tall Dwarfs. The influence of Chris Knox and Alec Bathgate's fractured pop has been felt far and wide in the American independentmusic community for many years - with their lengthy list of fans including Pavement, Yo La Tengo, and Neutral Milk Hotel. Includes a beautiful 20-page booklet.Chris Knox and Alec Bathgate have made music together since 1977, as founding members of one of NewZealand's first punk bands called The Enemy. They then formed the band Toy Love in 1979, which signedto WEA, had a few charting singles, and then broke up. In 1981 Chris and Alec returned as the Tall Dwarfs.Chris Knox purchased a TEAC 4 track and from there The Tall Dwarfs became pioneers of lo-fi recording.
Tall Dwarfs: Fork Songs
Brilliant 1991 album by New Zealand duo Tall Dwarfs. Songs that will seep into your cells and liveinside you for many years to come. The sound is perfect and resonates pure joy with lyrics thatsend your thoughts colliding and then stilled in full appreciation of this perfect moment. Also includes their classic EP "Dogma" from 1987.Chris Knoxand Alec Bathgatehave made music together since 1977, as founding members ofone of New Zealand's first punk bands called The Enemy. They then formed the band Toy Love in1979, which signed to WEA, had a few charting singles, and then broke up. In 1981 Chris andAlec returned as the Tall Dwarfs. Chris Knox purchased a TEAC 4 track and from there The TallDwarfs became pioneers of lo-fi recording.
Icy Demons: Fight Back!
Icy Demons are an excellent new band led by bass player Griffin Rodriquez. They perform highly sophisticated pop songs with beautifully pure falsetto vocals and exquisite orchestrations featuring the rich warm tones of the upright bass, bowed along with chord organs and woodwinds, or rocking within the complex percussion patterns of Chris Powell.
The Olivia Tremor Control: Black Foliage: Animation Music
Long awaited re-issue of The Olivia Tremor Control’s ambitious, highly influential second album from 1999, which originally sold 40,000 copies. Perfect symphonic pop songs in an elaborate tapestry of tape manipulation, free jazz, and electronics. Guest appearances by The Apples (in Stereo) and Neutral Milk Hotel.
“Pop at its most playful and the avant-garde at its cuddliest ? a 27 song trip in which structure and chaos keep leap-frogging each other. Dedicated headphone junkies should be thrilled with the deep focus production and tidal wave of melody. Even the most elaborate concept albums can be fun.” ? Rolling Stone
Circulatory System: Circulatory System
Circulatory System is a new project of W. Cullen Hart of The Olivia Tremor Control. He is joined on this album by several of his former bandmates, as well as masterful collaborators such as Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel. After touring the globe with bands like Stereolab, Beck, Super Furry Animals, and R.E.M., Will returned to his home studio in Athens to create his most personal and intimate album to date. Twenty-two sweet and melancholy song cycles bathed in hazy layers of dimension. Fuzzed out rock decorated with unique instrumentation.