The next release on GRR will be another Conveyor 7”, which is obviously the best type of news. It drops on 12/10 and is limited to only 250 copies pressed on gold vinyl. You can pre-order it right now.
And so, notwithstanding a significant amount of work put toward the follow-up long-player to 2012’s Conveyor, here are two new songs that stand unequivocally alone. The songs appeared concomitantly during writing sessions for a full-length record. They are brusque, physical - violent and sexual id-based reactions to a surplus of structured, adaptive thought. The implication is that of a psychosexual totality that gurgles, inchoate and unrestrained, inviolate, despite and in spite of, and in stark relief against the forthcoming Conveyor full-length, due in 2014.
This release marks the first entry in an ongoing 7” series titled GOLD, where Gold Robot presents a limited pressing on gold vinyl featuring minimalist packaging and a common visual thread. These records will only be available through the band and directly from the label. We love the 7” format and its history, so we’d like to continue nodding at our predecessors by creating an artifact that fits comfortably in the short-player lineage.
VICE Noisey got the jump on the b-side: “Imagine the fret-abusing angles of early Battles plus some sunny surf-pop melodies fed through 49 distortion pedals and compressors and you’re coming close to the sound of Conveyor’s new track.”
Check out the handmade custom jacket we’re giving away (along with a test pressing) to someone who pre-orders Monster Rally’s new Return to Paradise 12”. There are still a handful of the limited edition Ocean Blue vinyl records available as well as the Classic Black vinyl edition. PRE-ORDER HERE!
Finally, we’re able to announce a new LP by Meanest Man Contest! Everything worth mentioning drops on 10/29 as a limited pressing of 250 12” records on white vinyl. Pre-order it here!
"Merit, the 2003 debut from California duo Meanest Man Contest, remains an underrated collection of DJ Shadow-indebted instrumental hip-hop that contains a seductive darkness inside its psychedelic tapestries. A decade later, Noah Blumberg and Eric Steuer are back with Everything Worth Mentioning, out October 29th via Gold Robot, and those familiar with Merit might be thrown for a loop by the first single, “In the Dark”, which is more tear-stained electro-pop than anything that approaches good ol’ boom-bap— but it still retains the DIY bedroom charm of their older material. “Do you ever think of me in the dark?”, dolorous vocals ask as they’re stretched across a woozy bed of synths; elsewhere, guitars shimmer like rays of mid-morning light, giving our first taste from Meanest Man Contest’s return a bittersweet flavor.” - Pitchfork
Monster Rally - Orchids (from the Return to Paradise LP)
Pre-order the limited edition 12” here.
Monster Rally’s Return to Paradise will drop on October 29th as a limited edition 12” record + digital. The pressing is limited to 250 copies on Ocean Blue vinyl and 750 copies on Classic Black vinyl. It also features a single-gatefold jacket and a printed inner sleeve. One person who pre-orders the album will also receive a test pressing featuring a custom handmade jacket by Monster Rally.
Following his move to Los Angeles from Ohio, Ted Feighan has returned with the next installment in his growing oeuvre as Exotica beatsmith, Monster Rally. Feighan’s third full-length as Monster Rally, Return to Paradise, is decidedly faster paced and more percussion-heavy than last year’s Beyond the Sea, producing an aesthetic that closely resembles his live performances. The tracks melt together in a mysterious, blissful, and romantic haze invoking that signature Monster Rally thrill of being in a timeless, hypnagogic limbo. The album is pure pictorial fantasy, translating the images of a half-century of National Geographics into 17 tracks that’ll have both tiki drink connoisseurs and scotch aficionados swaying and bopping to the sweat and crackle of Feighan’s latest beatscapes. As with his past releases, Feighan is eager to have his passport stamped, reluctant to stay in one paradise for too long. His wanderlust samplings travel from Peru to Japan, Detroit to Maui, and Ghana to Barcelona expressing the pageantry and ceremony of destinations only the truly intrepid have tasted before.
The artwork of Return to Paradise is greatly inspired by the LP jackets of classic Exotica albums: Martin Denny’s Quiet Village, Les Baxter’s Jungle Jazz, and Arthur Lyman’s Bwana to name just a few. Over fifty different varietals of flowers and plants from around the world decorate the blossoming arrangement on R2P’s cover. In addition, the packaging features printed sleeves showing a take on traditional Hawaiian patterned prints of native flowers and tropical birds. The inside of the gatefold jacket is a visual imagination of the kind of space Return to Paradise inevitably occupies.
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.