New & Upcoming Releases
Book Club – One-Way Moon (Cassette)
Mountain Party – Love and Money (Cassette)
Love and Money is ultimately an album about family.
The 12 songs that make up Mountain Party’s second full-length album were recorded in the same room where they were written, at home, and in many ways the subject matter and recording environment are inseparable. These songs are folk tunes about lovers, siblings, parents, children, and what families must deal with as individual lives come and go: pain, tension, habits, money, hospitals, funeral homes.
Showcasing a textural sound that highlights the simplicity of folk songs and the lush arrangements and experimentation afforded by the studio, Love and Money is the most fully realized entry in Justin Green’s songwriting career and is a calculated step forward for the Mountain Party project.
Love is of course the one thing we’ve all been told is all we need. But is that really the case? Can love truly keep us together?
Love and Money is presented on pro-dubbed and imprinted clear transparent cassette tape with burgundy imprint, including a full color two-sided 5-panel J-card with all lyrics and an alternate cover on the interior so you can fold the J-card however you’d like for a choose-your-own-cover adventure.
100 Watt Horse – EAFAFAFATTTA (Cassette) **PREORDER**
Anyone who has seen one of 100 Watt Horse’s many shows over the past year or so knows that George Pettis and Anna Jeter can silence a room with no microphone and just an acoustic guitar. It is with this familiar intimacy that the debut full-length album from 100 Watt Horse opens with “Bees 1” – an appropriately lo-fi acoustic strum and an enveloping tape hiss, showcasing a sparse arrangement that in no way lessens the power of the song as an opening statement. And while 100 Watt Horse consistently returns to this spare and honest approach throughout the album, they also occasionally approach pop and folk songs through more a experimental lens, incorporating analog synths and drum machines and studio wizardry into their arresting compositions. The result is a cohesive but eclectic achievement.
Everything Is Alright Forever and Forever and Forever and Thank You Thank You Thank You Amen. is a subtle but memorable debut long-player for 100 Watt Horse and a satisfying follow-up to 2014’s self-titled EP. While the EP saw 100 Watt Horse treading familiar paths, the debut LP sees them cutting their own new path through a dense forest of distraction, boiling down these compositions into only what needs to be there.
EAFAFAFATTTA is available 06.16.2015 in a first edition of 100 pro-dubbed and imprinted light blue cassette tapes with black imprint, as well as digitally on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. Streaming on Spotify and Rdio.
***Note: this is a preorder. All tapes will ship on or before 06/16/2015.
Coma Girls – Coma Girls (Cassette) **PREORDER**
After more than a year of playing as many gigs as possible, Coma Girls‘ self-titled debut album arrives just in time for summer, harkening back to a time when well- dressed bands with actual instruments ruled pop radio and soundtracked clambakes and barbecues. This is music made by kids who may have grown up on Weezer but eventually dug into their parents’ old records and fell in love with The Four Seasons, The Beatles, and The Beach Boys.
Chris Spino’s silver-laced hooks and melodies drive each song in tandem with fuzzy guitar, while Chandler Galloway’s furious keys and organs hold court and lend a virtuosic and vintage sound to otherwise straightforward pop songs. The incredibly tight rhythm section rounded out by drummer Tyler Dean and bassist Rocky Culver cut through the melodies to give each composition a sense of urgency and completion. Spino’s lovelorn lyrics are the perfect bridge between the saccharine lines of 50’s & 60’s pop songs that might’ve been played at a themed school dance, and the so-called “indie rock” songs of the early aughts, when esoteric rambling was the art du jour. The result is a bullshit-free lesson in pop songwriting. These are songs that stay in your head long after the record is finished, from the soaring hooks to the memorable codas that watermark each song.
Coma Girls is presented on pro-dubbed and imprinted light blue cassette tape with white imprint.
Available 06.30.2015 digitally on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. Streaming on Spotify and Rdio.
***Note: this is a preorder. All tapes will ship on or before 06/30/2015.
Small Reactions – Similar Phantoms (Cassette)
Small Reactions’ debut full-length album, Similar Phantoms, is a record of dark recesses viewed through a pop lens. It’s not common—rare, even—that such stream-of-consciousness, death-affected narratives become fodder for pop music, but that juxtaposition defines this record. This is a pop album, but these aren’t love songs. And that’s precisely the point.
Similar Phantoms contains pop songs from an alternative perspective, for the other side of the coin. Set atop a foundation of noisy guitars, droning organs, weird angles, and a hypnotic rhythm section, the songs become equally tangible and challenging.
An album the listener has to invest with is not traditionally considered “pop,” but Small Reactions challenge that notion. Similar Phantoms might be a pop album, but its a distinctly atypical one by all regards. And that’s precisely the point.
We are proud to present Similar Phantoms on pro-dubbed and imprinted yellow tint cassette tape with alternate artwork by Guy Maddin in an edition of 100, as well as digitally.
Cute Boots – A Fresh Start in the Same Old Town (Cassette)
In November of 2013, after enduring a number of setbacks including the loss of auxiliary vocalist, Jenae Roseen, the band shacked up in a gorgeous white cabin in John’s Creek, GA and recorded what would become A Fresh Start in the Same Old Town.
The album is a memorable and dynamic showcase of Cute Boots’ uniquely driving folk-rock. Beginning with the one-two punch of the anthemic “Wrong (I Am)” and equally rambunctious “Gilbert Hill,” A Fresh Start opens and unfolds with earnest slowburners like “I Saw Cain” and “Grace” and ends with a beautiful encore and curtain call starting with the mission statement “More Time.” The stories that unfold in between are like episodes of each act, like scenes from a prodigal son epic. Each song is its own story, but taken as a whole (I recommend loudly on a long drive with the windows down) the album plays like a multi-part saga of redemption and catharsis.
We are proud to present A Fresh Start in the Same Old Town on pro-dubbed and imprinted clear cassette tape in an edition of 100, as well as digitally.