GENERATIONALS PREMIERE NEW SINGLE “BLACK LEMON” WITH NPR MUSIC
‘As the end of summer nears, here’s one more bouncy tune to carry you into fall. “Black Lemon” mixes marimba-based jolliness and lyrics tinged with darkness. It looks at life’s ties that bind and searches for ways to chill and not fight every battle.’ - NPR
New Orleans-based Generationals have released a new song from their forthcoming album, Alix. Titled “Black Lemon,” the lead song off the band’s upcoming fourth full-length LP is now currently premiering over at NPR MusicHERE. Helmed by notable producer Richard Swift (The Shins, Tennis, Foxygen) and being released via Polyvinyl Record Co., Alix reveals itself as perhaps the band’s most confident record yet, full of history and as multiphase as members Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer’s long-standing friendship.
NEW ALBUM, ALIX, OUT SEPTEMBER 29 (UK) VIA POLYVINYL
‘A feel-good party track that is about emptiness, despair, and the meaningless futility of life” - Esquire
Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, friends since high school and Generationals co-captains since 2008, have been in each other’s faces for most of this century. Natural songwriting partners, they made their first three records at home with the help of mutual friend Daniel Black, and in 2013 they launched straight into their fourth with surprising post-tour energy. But after years of creative brain-melding, the dyad had reached a point of ultra-familiarity and comfort in their work routine that, to them, threatened quicksand. They began to suspect their own productivity of being rut in disguise.
Determined to keep things fresh, they sought out a new producer in Richard Swift, the renowned singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who they felt would be able shake things up, surprise them and bring something new to the project. The Louisiana duo then made their way, yellow brick road-style, to Cottage Grove, Oregon, ready to give their tapes over to Swift’s cultishly venerated magic touch, but the collaboration was hardly the scrap-it-all, start-from-scratch, give-up-the-reins-and-let-the-guru-do-his-thing scenario Joyner and Widmer had expected—hoped for even—when they began their pilgrimage to the producer’s National Freedom studio in February. Swift deemed the demos album-worthy after all and the original versions were saved at his urging. With a little tightening rather than a vibe transplant, the songs solidified into a cohesive, finished record.
“I looked at the demos objectively and really just helped organize the sounds into something that was sonically cohesive,” Swift said. “I knew they spent a lot of time on their own, on their headphones creating these beats and bells and whistles and felt no need to drastically change them.”
Built up with layer upon layer of rhythmic lines, computer noises, RZA beats and poppy vocals that sometimes sound like a Janet Jackson/Prince face-off, Alix is everything Joyner and Widmer like about music–old and new, vinyl and YouTube, vocal chord and microKORG–gathered up from everywhere and arranged with great care into a good-smelling, subtly sexy, catchy-or-die mish-mosh of sensibilities and time-warp senselessness. It is an album lightly peppered with that signature Swiftian element but undeniably Generationals in taste. As Swift had decreed: ‘tis a good idea, to tear down and rebuild, but it’s not always necessary to start from scratch.
New album ‘Kingfisher’ to be release via Topshelf Records on 12th August 2014
Formed in Ridgewood, NJ in the summer of 2007, Prawn has extensively toured the US, self-released two EPs and one tour demo. The band self-released their first full length You Can Just Leave It All in June 2011 with Topshelf Records releasing it on vinyl that winter. The band followed up their first full length with an EP/LP entitled Ships in the summer of 2012 — which they made their first trip to Europe and the UK in support of over a five week tour. The band has continued touring throughout 2012 and 2013. A split release with Joie De Vivre was released in February, preceding the release of new LP, Kingfisher.
1. Scud Running
2. First as Tragedy, Second as Farce
3. Prolonged Exposure
4. Dialect Of
5. Old Souls
6. Glass, Irony
7. Absurd Walls
9. Runner’s Body
10. Halcyon Days
FADED PAPER FIGURES NEW ALBUM RELICS GETS EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE WITH PASTE MAGAZINE
‘Relics, the latest LP from Los Angeles-based indie trio Faded Paper Figures, is one catchy crop of tunes. Much like the meditative astronaut that adorns the album’s cover art, the band’s delightful pop is out-of-this-world yet grounded in self-examination.’ – Paste
ALBUM DEBUTS AT #92 ON CMJ TOP 200
RELICS OUT AUGUST 25TH IN THE UK, ON SHORTHAND RECORDS
““I expected this group to deliver ‘smart’ music and dammit, they do. They do the synth movement proud. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED” - PopDose
“Forward thinking electro pop, with the glistening production shrouding a chassis which borrows from indie rock songcraft [...] emotive songcraft and delicate arrangement” - Clash
“Relics promises to be their most honest, sophisticated, and ambitious offering yet” - Wonderland
“Relics . . . pulls us into the future with a kaleidoscope of cascading synths” - BULLETT
Electro-synth trio Faded Paper Figures release their fourth studio album, Relics, on August 25 via Shorthand Records but have been slowly leaking tracks all summer long. BULLETT originally debuted cinematic synth supernova, ”Breathing” saying, “The track pulls Egyptian mythology into the future with its kaleidoscope of cascading synths.” Clash premiered the “sweetly cerebral electronic pop” of “Spare Me” from the, “Intriguing, inventive electronic three piece” and just before the fourth of July holiday, Wonderland featured, “On The Line” noting, ““Relics promises to be their most honest, sophisticated, and ambitious offering yet.”
Paste Magazine now has the exclusive album premiere of Relics and is streaming the record in full…
The album is currently at radio and debuted this week at #92 on the CMJ Top 200
The “day jobs” of this bi-coastal group aren’t exactly your usual musician side-gigs: Heather Alden (keys /vocals) is in residency after graduating from medical school, R. John Williams (vocals/guitar) is a full-time professor of English at Yale (just published his first book), and Kael Alden (guitar/drums/keys/machines) writes music for a production company in Los Angeles where his music appears in films, TV shows, video games and ads. Ok, that one makes sense but you know what I mean.
Faded Paper Figures seems to have fully mastered not only their signature sound (electronic beats, gorgeous guitar riffs, and beautiful harmonies), but also accelerated full force into a brave new world of sitars, analog synths, and intense vocals. Relics spans a vast musical and lyrical spectrum, from epic synth-pop anthems on questions of life and death, to quiet, intense meditations on the passage of time. This is further emphasised by the album cover of the meditating astronaut.
Everyone has seen pictures of astronauts floating in space on an orbiting shuttle arm, walking through ancient moon dirt, driving space pods, and so on, but one thing you never see is an astronaut sitting down and meditating on his or her place in the universe–even though it seems obvious that those thoughts must be in an astronaut’s mind while floating out above earth’s atmosphere. To become a meditating astronaut, in the band’s view, means using technological and political tools to come to a more thoughtful, earth-saving perspective, realizing that our place in the cosmos is small, sacred, and fragile.
Faded Paper Figures release Relics on August 5 and will be announcing select tour dates for the fall.