Excited to announce the next release on Gold Robot Records. Time of Joy, the debut LP by Dim Peaks, will drop on 9/3 as a limited edition 12” record. We’re pressing 500 of them on milky clear vinyl, and each record comes with a MP3 download card. As an added bonus, one person who pre-orders the album will receive a test pressing.
Time of Joy evokes a place: trails worn deep by quiet guitars, whispers in the ear at dusk, beers on summer waters, the anticipation of new beginnings, light and heavy moments in an expanse of California sun and unexpected storms. There is a natural ease to the way the songs spill out and flood the room. Listeners be warned: you may see yourself within this album crying happily into your reflection.
Dim Peaks is a California-based band led by guitarist/vocalist Niilo Smeds with Russell Higbee (keyboards), Dylan Tidyman-Jones (bass) and Tomas Galvan (drums). Time of Joy was recorded in semi-sporadic sessions over the course of a year by Rob Jackson at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland CA. Overdubs and final mixes were done by Smeds at home, and the results were mastered by Paul Oldham.
Listen to a wonderful track off the album below, and then go ahead and pre-order the limited edition vinyl.
Proud to announce our next release, a 12” by Oakland’s Roman Ruins titled Homebuilding. We have pressed only 250 copies of this beauty on translucent milky white vinyl. The vinyl edition also is cut as a continuous A-side and B-side to highlight how the tracks were created.
Homebuilding is the debut album by 31 year-old Oakland-based songwriter and producer Graham Hil (Roman Ruins). Hill is an architect and landscape designer, with a thirst for methodical and process-oriented craft. Since 2008, Hill has played drums on tour with Beach House and Papercuts, and contributed to the recording of the former’s critically lauded album, Teen Dream. The music on Homebuilding creates a sense of home, lyrically exploring the range of bonds that hold families together. Hill began constructing these songs while on tour in Europe in early 2010, daydreaming in the van about his pregnant wife at home. Following the birth of their son that summer, it became clear that Hill was ushering in a family of songs about the process of growing a home, both architecturally and spiritually.
The record will be released on February 28th, you can now pre-order the album. All pre-orders will receive the MP3 files before the release date.
The first track, “Mighty Love”, premiered this morning on Ears of the Beholder and you can also stream/download through Soundcloud below.
If you haven’t listened to this new 12” by Primary Structures, then you’re really missing out. The debut from this San Francisco band was recorded at Paradiso Studios and mastered by Paul Oldham. Check out another track below, and buy the 12” for only $12 here.
The next limited edition vinyl release from Gold Robot is by San Francisco’s own Primary Structures. The self-titled debut LP for San Francisco’s Primary Structures builds upon previous releases as Lady Genius and Volunteer Pioneer. The record was engineered and recorded by Jason Kick at Studio Paradiso (San Francisco, California) and mastered by Paul Oldham. Here’s a tracklist and the first single from the album.
01. Primary Structures - Jet Set
02. Primary Structures - The Farm
03. Primary Structures - Balsa Tree
04. Primary Structures - Cannibals
05. Primary Structures - Land of Terror
06. Primary Structures - Flora and Fauna
07. Primary Structures - Bad Kreuznacht
08. Primary Structures - Green Islands
After getting to catch Primary Structures live last week (which was an absolute pleasure), I started playing some of their older recordings and thought I’d share a track off the Volunteer Pioneer EP that came out a while back. I just loved this EP and imagine you will as well.
This track also appears on our free MP3 sampler, which you can grab here.
Fox Hands is another project by Todd Webb, the talented dude behind Seamonster. It’s certainly more sampled-based and electronic-leaning, he’s got a penchant for creating a weird fall-sounding landscape. There are two official EP’s out and plans for a cassette on the new Crash Symbols label. Here’s the title track off the latest EP.
Also just found out that Todd has sold out of his stack of the Seamonster Two Birds 7”, there are still a few available here.