SKELETONS - "PEOPLE"
Skeletons create intense, original & revelatory music, working a globe spanning realm of inspirations into a singular & colorful vision of guitar based songcraft. People, their new album, boils down the band's sonic excursions into a collection of concise, fluid & emotive songs. CD comes in mini-gatefold wallet with fold out 10"x10" poster and is limited to 500 copies. The Cassette is limited to 100 copies and comes with a digital download.
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Skeletons new album “PEOPLE” is available on CD, Cassette, LP and Digital April 26th via Shinkoyo / Crammed / Sockets. Info on the Limited Edition Vinyl coming soon.
Get the DIGITAL here: http://skeletonstv.bandcamp.com or through your preferred digital music retailer.
1. L’il Rich
3. More Than the One Thing
4. Walmart and the Ghost of Jimmy Damour
6. Tania Head
7. Barack Obama Blues
“People”, their new album, co-mixed by Rusty Santos (also known for his work with Owen Pallett and Animal Collective/Panda Bear)is the first released in exciting union between Shinkoyo and Crammed Discs, with a limited vinyl edition via Sockets Records. It brilliantly boils down all the band’s thrilling sonic excursions into a collection of concise, fluid and emotive songs: rich, subtly dramatic musical atmospheres envelope Matt Mehlan’s compelling lyrical tales, inhabited by unlikely real-life characters (Jimmy Damour, Tania Head, Lil’ Rich and others) whose stories are told from a viewpoint which is both human and social/political.
Even considering the number of talented, musically globetrotting guitar bands to have emerged from the US thus far this century, Skeletons have always stood out as ‘one of the few contemporary bands who can legitimately be called original’ (in the words of US magazine XLR8R). Previous albums such as “Money” and “Lucas” (on Tomlab andGhostly respectively) saw Skeletons dabble in everything from Prince-indebted pop to free jazz freak-outs to percussion heavy afro-funk, angular art-rock, orchestral folk and “quiet storm” R&B. While many tracks of their earlier careered through styles and sections in a manner both playful and uncompromising (not to mention thrilling), the songs that populate “People” are pointed and meticulously arranged, and resist the urge to nod overtly to anything other than themselves.
It’s an approachability matched in Mehlan’s thoughtful lyrical tales of a species that’s brittle, at times broken, but ultimately in awe at the sheer possibilities that lie, for better or worse, at its fingertips. From a viewpoint both human and social/political, Mehlan tells the stories of Jimmy Damour, the temp worker who was trampled at a Walmart “Black Friday” sale, Tania Head, the head of the World Trade Center Survivors Network who invented a story of 9/11 survival, plus the sad passings of L’il Rich, a young victim of gang violence down the street from Matt’s apartment, and Sean Bell, the unarmed man killed by over 50 bullets from NYC Police Officers the night before his wedding.
The recording of “People” started while the band was touring around Europe and the US. They took to getting their road-tested new ideas to tape wherever possible: a tiny studio beneath a Ukelele shop in London, “East Nile”, the West Coast home of Shinkoyo (the label the band co-founded) in Oakland, and back in Brooklyn in the cold basement of a defunct Catholic school. Having stockpiled a catalogue of mixes and alternate versions, they enlisted the help of Rusty Santos of The Present, who has lent his ears to the mixing of Owen Pallet’s (Final Fantasy) recent records as well as Animal Collective’s “Sung Tongs” and Panda Bear’s “Person Pitch”. He helped hone People” into what it is: a glorious, heartfelt culmination of all that Skeletons have done to date.
Skeletons will be touring North America, Europe and Japan in the Spring and Summer 2011, including collaborating with Deerhoof, Konono No. 1, Juana Molina, Kasai Allstars, and Wildbirds and Peacedrums on the Congotronics Vs. Rockers Tour in July.
- CD is limited to 500 copies and comes in a mini-gatefold with fold out poster.
- Cassette version features alternate art and, when purchased from the Shinko-Shoppe, comes accompanied by a high quality digital download.
- Vinyl LP album with hand screened alternate artwork. Limited to 500 copies worldwide. SOLD OUT!