Posts Tagged ‘Touche Amore’

It feels as though at times Touché Amoré‘s Jeremy Bolm and I would be best friends in music. The guy has incredible taste in music and a lot of the bands that he’s into, I am as well. he loves Nine Inch Nails, so that’s a no-brainer. With his Secret Voice label, he has been putting out some releases by some really great bands that may have gone unnoticed. It started with releasing the Single Mothers 7″ and most recently, the label’s eighth release is by Newmoon.

Newmoon hail from Belgium, a country that has produced quite a few great bands, especially hardcore and metal ones. Their debut release is the 7″ for Invitation To Hold. The music is everything that is great in this newgaze and dream pop movement that has been all over in the past two or so years. Newmoon though, set themselves apart in being a truer representation of the shoegaze and indie pop sounds from the 90’s out of the Manchester scene.

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The 7″ EP is available on two colors: Opaque Pink and Opaque Yellow. Each is limited to 1,000 copies. A rather larger run than previous releases by Secret Voice.

The artwork and design were done by Nick Steinhardt of Touché Amoré. If you know some of the previous design work he has done for bands and their releases, then you know he’s very adept at making the art and design fit flawlessly with the album they accompany. The floral motif and vibrant colors that adorn the Invitation To Hold 7″ EP are a very visual representation of the music contained within and perfectly projects Newmoon‘s style of music.

In my opinion, this is the perfect band and release for anyone who loves that 90’s shoegaze and indie music but also has been getting into current bands like Whirr, Nothing, Death of Lovers, and the short-lived Center Of The Sun.

You can still snag the 7″ from the good folks of Deathwish Inc. here.

Now, to butter someone up for a test press of this 7″. Ha!

 

 

 

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WIFE – Pipe Candy 12″ LP

Posted: November 3, 2011 by Juan D. in Record Nerds
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Whenever members of a band make the decision to stretch themselves out musically in side-projects or other bands, it can be either disastrous and turn off fans or it can be a new and exciting expression of their art. Thankfully with WIFE, we have the latter. WIFE is comprised of Nick Steinhardt (Touché Amoré) and Andrew Thomas. Just two guys. All sounds and music created with guitars and bass. That’s it. No drums. No vocals. Nothing else. Sounds intriguing doesn’t it?

It definitely is intriguing and very different than anything you’d expect from a member of Touché Amoré. WIFE‘s sound straddles the line between Shoegaze and Ambient. The music creates more of a mood and feel to just let yourself go in. You can either let it play in the background or listen intently and pay close attention. Either way, you will be enjoying this to no end. I know I am.

I had heard of the band a while back but didn’t really get on buying the record until earlier this week when Deathwish Inc. posted it on their distro. It’s a bit pricey for an LP ($20) but considering the quality of the release, it’s very well worth it:

The packaging features a Stoughton vintage style tip-on gatefold jacket, metallic/spot UV inks, and Wife embossing on the record sleeve. The vinyl itself is 180 gram clear / bubble gum, “Half N’ Half” virgin vinyl.

The LP seems to be the first elease by Dios Mio Music (judging by the #001 catalog number, maybe?), is according to their blogpost page, “an outlet for composer/musician/sound engineer Andrew Thomas to share his work with the world.” Thomas being the other half of WIFE of course.

And looking at it…it’s like a giant piece of bubblegum!

There are no center labels which adds to the aesthetic of the record. Nothing to break up the clear and bubblegum pink colors.

Oh yeah…it’s limited to 250. I know you only care about that sort of stuff anyways.

If you’re curious about the band and how they sound…which I’d be wondering why since you should’ve already ordered this record anyways…WIFE has a Soundcloud page with a few songs off the LP (“Terraines” and “Ecuador”) and a few non-LP ones. Check them out here.

There’s also this video from their record release performance at Vacation Vinyl in L.A. Enjoy.