Via Kevin Barnes:
We’re so excited to soon be able to welcome our new album ‘Aureate Gloom’ into the world!
We recorded the album at Sonic Ranch, an amazing analog studio in the desert of west Texas, this past September. I wanted the album to be in the spirit of early punk/no wave/glam so we recorded all of the basic tracks live to a Studor 24 track tape machine through a late 70’s Neve console. I wrote a lot of the material while on a writing retreat in NYC this summer. It was very inspiring to wander around the Village, Chelsea, SoHo…chatting with the ghosts of the great musicians,writers and artists that once walked the same streets. The lyrics on the album are very personal, perhaps egregiously so, but I wanted it to feel like an open diary.
My amazing brother David Barnes created the art work for the album. I asked him to make it look like the cover of a vintage sci-fi novel. To me the artwork seems like what the world would look like if David was God. Kind of a scary thought. The first single, “Bassem Sabry”, is a funky paean to all of the brave figures of totalitarian/fascist opposition throughout the world. I hope you can dig it!
‘Aureate Gloom’ drops 3.3.15 via Polyvinyl Records. Stream “Bassem Sabry” below.