ENTRANCE -Promises EP
An artist's artist, ENTRANCE (singer-songwriter Guy Blakeslee) is a musician with the blues running through his veins. His newest creations add up to a set of rich, cinematic songs featuring expansive orchestration and imaginative story telling, as unique to himself as they are, at times, evocative of Townes Van Zandt, Scott Walker and Gene Clark. Among his fans, he counts the likes of Spike Jonze, who featured ENTRANCE's interpretation of Skip James’ “I'm So Glad” in the film “Her.” Continuing in this vein, his Thrill Jockey debut will be the emotive EP, Promises.
Meanwhile, throughout the summer, ENTRANCE will be drawing on material from a forthcoming 2017 album in a series of select shows throughout Europe & the US. Both solo and with his new band, ENTRANCE's performances are deeply moving, emotional experiences that linger on long after the lights have come on.
Promises is a 23 minute 12" EP featuring four brand new tracks from ENTRANCE, pressed on virgin vinyl with free download card. The first 350 copies are pressed on blue vinyl.
Grumbling Fur - Furfour
Somewhere, in the still-remaining quiet places of London, Grumbling Fur is at work. This being is the joint manifestation of Alexander Tucker and Daniel O’Sullivanwhich, since 2011, has birthed a series of increasingly focused albums of psychedelic pop. Their new album, Furfour, is a record that’s the sum of a dizzying array of creative projects by two key figures in an esoteric underground still thriving despite the pressures and pains of modern London.
Furfour is the fourth album by the British duo, and features performances by This Heat's Charles Bullen and Isobel Sollenberger from Bardon Pond. Tucker and O'Sullivan create simple, hypnotically engaging songs from paradoxically freeform beginnings. Shaping the lot are their long-standing shared musical affections, a polyglot music encompassing orchestrated poptones, collage, dub and beat-making as well as experimental and drone elements: touchtones might include Faust,Arthur Russell, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Moondog, Michael Nyman, Gate, Syd Barrett, Stereolab, Vibracathedral Orchestra, Ashtray Navigations, Cc Hennixand Madlib.
LP version pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged with artworked inner sleeve and free download coupon. First 300 LPs pressed on translucent green vinyl. CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.
Luke Roberts - Sunlit Cross
The music made by Luke Roberts is wide in scope and spare in structure. It is as universal as it is personal – if you have to label it, the right stamp to put on it might be “redemptive blues”. The songs themselves are not looking for or extolling redemption, but the search for liberty that underlies them and the sense of freedom they express (often between the lines) leave the listener with a sense of optimism that can only be called redemptive. Roberts’ songs, while deeply personal in origin, touch on universal life experiences and emotions. Both the music and the musician celebrate the quest for liberty: What is it? Can it be imbibed? Embodied? Sunlit Cross is unwaveringly honest and raw, as Roberts gets closer than ever to his true self: a person who looks past the dark truths to see a real light.
Roberts has long searched for freedom — even as a kid growing up in East Nashville, he began train-hopping, exploring who he was and where he should be in the world. Four years after the release of his second album The Iron Gates at Throop and Newport, Roberts has gone from living in a trailer in Montana to living on acreage in Tennessee, where he is learning how to farm. In the passing years, Roberts dealt with heartbreak and wanderlust, driving between New York and Nashville, living out of his car for weeks, traveling to Cambodia and Thailand and finally to Kenya, where he stayed with a family whose day-to- day challenges and simple needs impressed him. It was in Kenya where the songs on Sunlit Cross originated. The record is a lullaby, Roberts says, one that pits darkness and disenchantment and the ugly side of life against levity, love, and childhood.
Sunlit Cross was produced by Kyle Spence (Harvey Milk, Kurt Vile) and features guest appearances from Kurt Vile, Creston Spiers (Harvey Milk), and John Neff (Drive By Truckers)
LP version pressed on virgin vinyl with free download coupon. First 300 LPs pressed on clear vinyl. CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.