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2015-08-07
Heathered Pearls: Body Complex
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For Jakub Alexander, the languages of music and visual art are permanently intertwined. And he's always been this way - from his birthplace in communist Poland, to growing up outside of Detroit, to his current home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. "When music like Gas, early Dial Records, and Mille Plateaux releases in the 2000s popped up in my headphones," Alexander begins, "it was completely visual for me. Something clicked from collecting pages out of old Architectural Digest magazines and being completely overwhelmed with inspiration for my own visions of interior architecture." The concept carries on still, now as an integral part of Body Complex, his second album as Heathered Pearls, which also features contributions from fellow Ghostly artists The Sight Below, Shigeto, and Outerbridge (mem. Beacon). Body Complex represents a new form of Alexander's visually inspired sound creation, but just as it points to changes in direction for the ambient-inclined producer, it also revisits the past experiences that make his music possible.

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Night Beds: Ivywild
CD  $12.99     LP  $18.99    

Night Beds, the musical project of 26-year-old Colorado Springs native Winston Yellen, received much acclaim for his 2013 debut album, Country Sleep, scoring plaudits for its tortured take on alt country and Yellen's soaring vocals. But after finishing that album and before Country Sleep was even released, Yellen began experimenting with the kind of melancholic, neon-tinged R&B that makes up the mesmerising Ivywild.

The thread that weaves through all of Yellen's music and holds it together is his unmistakable voice - plaintive, yearning, soulful, heartbreaking. Whether it's ascending over the luscious epic-electronics of "Tide Teeth" or aching alone on Country Sleep's opener "Faithful Heights", Yellen's voice has a unique beauty matched by few of his contemporaries.

The second Night Beds album draws on Yellen's original love of Bill Evans through to J Dilla and is made up of what Yellen calls "sad sex jams" and was inspired by a long-term love and a break-up which looms large throughout the albums veiled lyrics. Its genesis can be found in the stoned night in Nashville when Yellen first heard Yeezus. Lying on the floor, Yellen blared the album at top volume.

Ivywild is a truly collaborative effort with a makeshift team of 25 musicians, notably Abe, Yellen's younger brother and closest friend - his credit on the album comes above Winston's own, so much value does he place upon the work Abe put in. Additional vocals come from Heather Hibbard, a singer from Maine who features on over half of the 16 track album, and was contacted by the gregarious Yellen through YouTube, after he found a video of her covering one of his songs. She came out to the studio the very next day.

Finessing the poignant assortment of songs was a sometimes painful task, but dedicated to the core. "I felt at some points we were losing our minds," he says. Initial versions of "Me Liquor and God" band "On High:" were 17 and 33 minutes respectively while "Finished" took four months to record. His editing process though was simple: "If it makes you cry, keep it in." Field recordings also flood the record, offering it a deep textural grain. "It is a luxury record, but it has a worn shirt feel," explains Yellen. "It's lived in. It's like a quilt - but it took forever, cutting up all the vocals and letting it breathe."

Black Mountain: Black Mountain (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Available in limited edition Grey Vinyl. Black Mountain's self-titled debut album is a new classic rock, with reference points arcane and clear, its sound fresh, unfamiliar and irresistible. Savor the compact, spacey brilliance of this cosmic, heavy and subtle album, expanded now with a raft of delicious bonus tracks scavenged from the Black Mountain Army archives.

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2015-06-23
Cayucas: Dancing at the Blue Lagoon
CD  $12.99     LP  $16.99    

As Zach Yudin and his twin brother and bandmate, Ben, went in to create their new album, what it all came back to was something personal. While they now call Los Angeles home, they drew from the nostalgia of their childhood growing up in Davis, CA; the nostalgia in their music that is as much about a place they've never been as any actual experience. And it was that wandering imagination and a punchy California dream that eventually grew to become Dancing at the Blue Lagoon.

While their sun-drenched, jangly, sometimes melancholic sound is quintessentially Californian, the album very much their California. It's the sound of kids from the suburbs who fantasize in Technicolor, whose view of the Golden State is its own form of idealism. Dancing at the Blue Lagoon is all about a band testing its comfort zone and asking us to do the same. Zach and Ben would "create bands that were more like a musical idea," record a few songs, and then move on. Cayucas grew out of this period of experimentation. Cayucas has taken sound we thought we knew and turned in into something personal and complex.

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2015-06-23
Cayucas: Dancing at the Blue Lagoon (Bundle)

Dancing at the Blue Lagoon on CD and limited edition""Lagoon beach" two-toned yellow and aqua vinyl LP

"Moony Eyed Walrus" 7-inch featuring exclusive B-side, "Petals of the Last Flower"

Uniquely numbered keychain for The Blue Lagoon

Double-sided 11"x17" poster

Digital download code for the album (as a .zip file containing 320kbps mp3s) redeemable on June 9th, two weeks before release date

Cayucas: Dancing at the Blue Lagoon (CD + Coffee Bundle)

"Cayucas Blend" - a 12oz bag of coffee beans, picked by the band and roasted in collaboration with Equator Coffees & Teas. This blend is rich and hella mellow with a smooth mouth-feel and accents of cedar, almond, berry and nutmeg. Perfect for dancing at the blue lagoon. Dancing at the Blue Lagoon on CD. Double-sided 11"x17" poster. Digital download code for the album (as a .zip file containing 320kbps mp3s) redeemable on June 9th, two weeks before release date. Due to us wanting you to have the freshest beans, coffee bundles will arrive 1-2 weeks after release date. About Equator Coffees & Teas: Every cup of coffee yearns to tell a story: of its region, altitude, climate, soil, and production method. Equator's passion is bringing that story to life. When sourcing a new coffee, Equator roasts and cups it over and over again, translating that coffee's story into a language of flavor that unfolds in each sip. Their calling is to source the world's best coffees. Their craft is to coax out its potential. Their joy is to bring it to people who truly love coffee.

Cayucas: Dancing at the Blue Lagoon (LP + Coffee Bundle)

"Cayucas Blend" - a 12oz bag of coffee beans, picked by the band and roasted in collaboration with Equator Coffees & Teas. This blend is rich and hella mellow with a smooth mouth-feel and accents of cedar, almond, berry and nutmeg. Perfect for dancing at the blue lagoon. Dancing at the Blue Lagoon on standard black vinyl. Double-sided 11"x17" poster. Digital download code for the album (as a .zip file containing 320kbps mp3s) redeemable on June 9th, two weeks before release date. Due to us wanting you to have the freshest beans, coffee bundles will arrive 1-2 weeks after release date. About Equator Coffees & Teas: Every cup of coffee yearns to tell a story: of its region, altitude, climate, soil, and production method. Equator's passion is bringing that story to life. When sourcing a new coffee, Equator roasts and cups it over and over again, translating that coffee's story into a language of flavor that unfolds in each sip. Their calling is to source the world's best coffees. Their craft is to coax out its potential. Their joy is to bring it to people who truly love coffee.

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2015-06-09
Sharon Van Etten: I Don't Want to Let You Down

One of music's most astute cartographers of the heart, able to squeeze enormous sentiments into especially small spaces, Sharon Van Etten offers up documents of surrender and disappointment, admission and longing with this 5 song EP, I Don't Want to Let You Down.

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2015-06-09
Sharon Van Etten: I Don't Want to Let You Down

One of music's most astute cartographers of the heart, able to squeeze enormous sentiments into especially small spaces, Sharon Van Etten offers up documents of surrender and disappointment, admission and longing with this 5 song EP, I Don't Want to Let You Down.

Includes: 1. I Don't Want to Let You Down ep on 12" vinyl. 2. I Don't Want to Let You Down ep on CD in a 6 panel wallet. 3. Limited Edition 7" featuring exclusive b-side "All Over Again." 4. 17" x 11" poster featuring album artwork. 5. Instant download of the title track. 6. Digital download code for the album (containing 320kbps MP3s) redeemable 2 weeks before release date on 05/25/2015.

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2015-05-26
Headphones: Headphones (White Vinyl)
LP  $17.99    

10-year anniversary LP pressing! Headphones is the new band featuring David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Tim Walsh (Pedro the Lion, TW Walsh), and Frank Lenz. The self-titled album was engineered and mixed by Jared Hankins in Seattle in the early days of 2005. The band's debut is built wholly from synthesizers (no guitars!), live drums, and the familiar warmth of Bazan's syrupy vocal delivery. Headphones kindly tips their hat to modern stalwarts like Depeche Mode, The Flaming Lips, Kraftwerk, and Radiohead who seamlessly integrated electronics into the fabric of rock and pop music. But here, Bazan and company defy easy assumptions about music made electronically avoiding kitsch and cutesiness, delivering deft arrangements with timeless melodies and uncanny lyrical depth.

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2015-05-26
Headphones: Headphones (Bundle)

+ Pre-order will ship on May 22, 2015
+ Limited edition pressing of 1k copies on white vinyl
+ Double sided insert w/ lyrics
+ Download card includes "Five Chord" as a bonus track
+ 3-color 18" x 24" silkscreened poster was designed by Jesse LeDoux
+ Poster bundle is limited to 200 copies


10-year anniversary LP pressing! Headphones is the new band featuring David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Tim Walsh (Pedro the Lion, TW Walsh), and Frank Lenz. The self-titled album was engineered and mixed by Jared Hankins in Seattle in the early days of 2005. The band's debut is built wholly from synthesizers (no guitars!), live drums, and the familiar warmth of Bazan's syrupy vocal delivery. Headphones kindly tips their hat to modern stalwarts like Depeche Mode, The Flaming Lips, Kraftwerk, and Radiohead who seamlessly integrated electronics into the fabric of rock and pop music. But here, Bazan and company defy easy assumptions about music made electronically avoiding kitsch and cutesiness, delivering deft arrangements with timeless melodies and uncanny lyrical depth.

Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles: Oh Man, Cover the Ground
CD  $11.99     LP  $14.99    

Shana Cleveland is a rare artist who seems dismissive of time. She's been performing with a rotating batch of musicians tagged as The Sandcastles for over six years, and yet Oh Man, Cover The Ground is their first proper album. It would be easy to chalk up the delay behind the debut to a slacker lifestyle--Oh Man, Cover The Ground's laid-back vibe certainly suggests an extremely casual approach to songcraft. But Cleveland is no slacker. In the years since she first started playing out under her own name, she's helmed a number of other music projects; most notably her revered Girls In The Garage-inspired band La Luz. In her downtime, she's crafted a set of 37 trading cards dedicated to obscure acoustic guitarists and a calendar of drawings depicting rock bands of yesteryear. The glacial pace of Oh Man, Cover The Ground's development has little to do with work ethic and everything to do with doing things in a way that feels right. "I don't really think of it as a proper band," says Cleveland. "The line-up has been different for almost every show depending on which arrangements I thought would be best for the atmosphere. Some shows I played alone; some with bass, clarinet, and backing vocals; some with the addition of drums, cello and piano. We've played shows really selectively throughout the last few years--just sticking to shows that I thought sounded really interesting. Like, I'd rather play these songs for people in their bedrooms or in a field at night than on a three band bill at a bar." In an industry fixated on striking while the iron is hot, getting an artist in front of as many people in as short of a time as possible, Cleveland's insistence on atmosphere over arbitrary numbers is a bold move. That insistence on operating outside of its pressures and tedious reminders has enabled Cleveland to make something that feels, well... timeless. Oh Man, Cover The Ground came together according to its own clock and calendar, and consequently feels removed from the bustle of everyday life. "I think these songs have a lot to do with the weirdness of being inside your own head all the time in the outside world. Sort of an internal monologue of thoughts I have but wouldn't say. It's about laziness, and lust, and wanting to eat other people's food when it looks better than mine." The LP is available in a limited pressing of 1,000 copies on custom Lake Blue color vinyl. A digital download card for MP3 is included.

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2015-05-26
Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Multi-Love
CD  $12.99     LP  $16.99    

The threads of our past never unravel, they hover like invisible webs, occasionally glistening due to a sly angle of the sun. On Multi-Love, Unknown Mortal Orchestra frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson reflects on relationships: airy, humid longing, loss, the geometry of desire that occurs when three people align. Where Nielson addressed the pain of being alone on II, Multi-Love takes on the complications of being together.

Multi-Love adds dimensions to the band's already kaleidoscopic approach, with Nielson exploring a newfound appreciation for synthesizers. The new songs channel the spirit of psych innovators without ignoring the last 40 years of music, forming a flowing, cohesive whole that reflects restless creativity. Cosmic escapes and disco rhythms speak to developing new vocabulary, while Nielson's vocals reach powerful new heights. "It felt good to be rebelling against the typical view of what an artist is today, a curator," he says. "It's more about being someone who makes things happen in concrete ways. Building old synthesizers and bringing them back to life, creating sounds that aren't quite like anyone else's. I think that's much more subversive."

While legions of artists show fidelity to the roots of psychedelia, Unknown Mortal Orchestra shares the rare quality that makes the genre's touchstones so vital: constant exploration.