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New Music From Krautrockers, Dinowalrus

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“…a heady concoction of swirling mellotron and jangling guitar, a deep Madchester groove that will inspire some serious head-nodding.”Stereogum

“…the magical surrealism that could only come from a band named Dinowalrus”NPR

“…a strange and heady brew of psychedelia, Krautrock, Gang Gang Dance-style electro experimentation and, perhaps most strangely of all, take on late 80s British indie-dance.”The Line of Best Fit

“…will leave you feeling all kinds of happily dazed.”Consequence of Sound

Brooklyn DIY stalwarts Dinowalrus are announcing their latest endeavor – the fourth studio album from the band will be released September 23, and the world can get a preview with the jangling psych-gaze single, “Tides.”

FAIRWEATHER, the fourth album from omnivorous Brooklyn rockers Dinowalrus, sees the quartet refining their potent post-modern psychedelia and distilling the successes of their previous two outings, COMPLEXION and BEST BEHAVIOR, into a coherent and compelling package of eleven single-worthy songs, covering territory ranging from baggy Madchester party beats to melancholy space ballads and perpetual-motion-machine krautrock groovers. After albums marked by exuberance and moodiness, FAIRWEATHER is more even-keeled—the sound of a fundamentally playful band that has attained a steady level of confidence, calm, and poise, even as they bob and weave through their ocean of sounds.

The album begins with psych-rock offerings “Tides” and “Falling to the Periphery,” fueled by jangly guitar and punchy mellotrons, with sunny textures belying a cosmic angst via a ’60s meets ’90s meets 2016 aesthetic. Next, the album’s tempo gradually increases into an acid rock/house-derived middle section anchored by the lumbering squelch of “Guilty,” with frontman Pete Feigenbaum begging for forgiveness: “I’m guilty—do you still believe me?” After the Motorik minimalism of “Light Rain,” the album descends into a murky, shoegazing dreamworld of infinite breakbeats yielding optimistic flashes (“Compass Rose”) and futuristic wall-of-sound doomscapes (“The Silent Earth”).

Produced by the band in their own studio, FAIRWEATHER brings back the excitement and playfulness of their debut album % (PERCENT), while imbuing a newfound sense of refinement and clarity to the mixes, coupling the experience from their recent studio endeavors with more concise and quick-moving yet provocative arrangements.

Although heavily dosed with electronics, FAIRWEATHER contrasts the dystopian industrial arpeggiators of their previous albums with a warm, timeless palette of organs, looped breakbeats, and radio-ready vocals, including the occasional psychedelic flourish of reversed guitars and exploding delay trails. As a result, the music moves forward by looking back, bringing to mind the work of contemporaries like Jagwar Ma, Tame Impala, and Deerhunter, while also incorporating some of the more exciting and psychedelic pop sounds of the early ’90s Creation Records back catalog with aesthetic nods to The House of Love, Primal Scream, and Ride.

Dinowalrus will also be playing a hometown release show at Rough Trade NYC on September 25 (tickets available here). The band will be joined by Sharkmuffin, Dead Leaf Echo, and Drawing Boards.

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FAIRWEATHER Tracklist:
  1. Tides
  2. Falling to the Periphery
  3. Plain Sight
  4. Guilty
  5. The Payoff
  6. Light Rain
  7. Scarcity
  8. Final Wave
  9. Compass Rose
  10. The Silent Earth
  11. The Painted Desert

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Check ‘Em Out: BL_NK SP_C_S

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“Equal parts chilly krautrock majesty and proto-synthpop menace  – NME MAGAZINE

New York based one man project, BL_NK  SP_C_S has released his debut album on the fledgling You Records label.

Memory Man, recorded with producer Martin Dubka (Aeroplane / Kitsune), features ten tracks including the recent critically acclaimed and BBC 6Music,  XFM and Amazing Radio endorsed download single “The Great Shark Hunt”. A special video single of the “Memory Man” track, which was inspired by David Bowie’s “The Man Who Fell To Earth” and Maya Deren’s classic  “Meshes Of The Afternoon” short, can be viewed here:

BL_NK  SP_C_S began making his own take on electronic pop music last year and records everything on tape in his bedroom based analogue studio. His synth laden melodies, krautrock guitars and pop sensibilities draw influence from Eno, Neu, Morricone and The The, but there is something truly new and exciting about his sound. Soaring and uplifting there are too may highlights to mention, but album opener “A Parting Gift”, “Sneaking Back In”,  “No Sleep”, “Start”, “Heavy The Lay The Crown” and the eponymous album title track are as diverse and catchy as any great songs you will hear this year and beyond.

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Album Tracklisting:

01. A Parting Gift

02. Too Far Gone

03. Sneaking Back In

04. No Sleep

05. Start!

06. The Great Shark Hunt

07. As Good As It Gets

08. Heavy Lay The Crown

09. Memory Man

10. Talk The Talk

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