Nomen Novum's ATLANTVM Out Now

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Nomen Novum

ATLANTVM

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CD Digipak (Edition of 125)

Deer Bear Wolf Records is proud to announce that Nomen Novum’s new full-length album ATLANTVM will be out March 23. Over five years in the making, ATLANTVM is a concept album, guiding you through different zones of a mythological, post-apocalpytic, or dreamed Atlanta.

“Early in the making of the album,”  Nomen Novum aka David Norbery explains, “my work relocated to Doraville, near Spaghetti Junction, and these grey, industrial new environs were a massive influence on the tone and lyrical content of the album. A lot of the lyrics and titles reference real places around there. A hospital. A strip club. A motocross park. A gas station. All pretty mundane stuff, but the names were evocative to me, and I tried to imagine what else they could stand for.”

“At one point it was going to be a double album,” says Norbery. “At least ten additional songs were recorded and then abandoned, including a few I originally thought of as singles. There are sides of my music that I don't find flattering, and with this record I tried to be more aware of how I present myself. The cover is this great fresco my dad painted in the 80's, depicting an ancient structure and person disappearing in a flood, and while I wasn't thinking of Atlantis during the making of the record, it seemed appropriate.”

 

ATLANTVM Track List:

 

  1. Microsleep
  2. Yellow Shadow
  3. Noncommittal
  4. Half Light
  5. Angler's Corner
  6. Simulcast
  7. Hidden Acres
  8. Moon Lingerie
  9. Integrity Heights


ATLANTVM is the follow up to Nomen Novum’s 2014 Lookalikes EP, the inaugural release from Deer Bear Wolf Records. ATLANTVM will be available in a limited edition CD Digipak on March 23. 

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Watch New Book of Colors Video "Hologram of Thought"

Book of Colors has just released its new music video for “Hologram of Thought,” the latest single from their long-awaited debut album, available February 5th, 2016 on Deer Bear Wolf Records. Do yourself a favor and watch it right now. It’s only three-and-a-half minutes long and is sure to warm even your cold, cold heart.

The video opens with a caption: “We filmed our family and friends as they listened to this song for the first time.” What follows is an emotional reflection on the passage of time, the difficulties we perpetuate in our own lives, and ultimately, our ability to transcend the mental landscapes we create in order to experience the beauty of the present moment.

Book of Colors’ mastermind André Paraguassu sings this lushly orchestrated lullaby as a duet with beloved Atlanta songstress Adron. The entire visual tale is told through a montage of extreme close-ups, and features a diverse cast of more than eighty people whose ages range all the way from the tiniest of newborns to people well into their nineties.

The purposeful simplicity of director Brandon Ross’s vision brings the music and lyrics into direct focus, and the clarity and intimacy of Alison Daye Himes’ cinematography serves as a perfect compliment to the unapologetic honesty that Paraguassu offers up so tenderly in this beautiful new track from Book of Colors.

"This video offers a heartwarming perspective on the passage of time, the difficulties we perpetuate in our own lives, and ultimately, our ability to transcend the mental landscapes we create in order to experience the beauty of the present moment. The video perfectly encapsulates “Hologram of Thought” as a whole, bringing the music and lyrics into focus so that the listener can experience the same emotions that the individuals in the video are feeling. And you can’t help but feel as if this is how the song was meant to be heard, with your full attention given to it — feeling and reflecting." -Open Ears Music

Book of Colors Debut Album Out Now

Book of Colors
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Book of Colors

Book of Colors

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CD (Edition of 100) or Tape Casette (Edition of 50)

The much-anticipated debut album from Book of Colors is out February 5th, 2016 on Deer Bear Wolf Records. This first, self-titled record sees Book of Colors’ mastermind André Paraguassu surrounded by an impressive cast of fourteen players that includes members of Little Tybee, Adron, Ryan Gregory (Christ, Lord, Lily and the Tigers), and Chris Childs (Hello Ocho, Faun and a Pan Flute). Recorded by Ben Price at studilaroche in Atlanta, Book of Colors is a dreamy and hypnotic journey, constantly skirting the edge between torn-open soulfulness and delicate restraint.


“There is an amazing music scene happening in Atlanta right now. It’s a major city overflowing with world-class talent, but the amount of camaraderie within the artistic community makes it feel like a small town,” André says as he reclines lazily on the classically southern front porch of their drummer’s home in Little Five Points where they rehearse. “I’ve always loved playing with large ensembles and this city has been the gift that keeps on giving in that regard. Everyone is so supportive and eager to collaborate. I feel incredibly lucky to be working in such an inspiring creative atmosphere.”

 

The arrangements for all ten songs on Book of Colors are notably dense. Vocal harmonies and instruments seem to stretch off into infinity in every direction with orchestral elements such as the violin, viola, marimba, vibraphone, and flute blending seamlessly with horns, piano, organ, pedal steel, guitars, and synthesizers. The result is a collection of songs with a unique, fully realized sound that’s simultaneously genuine and refined.

 

The first track on the album, “Why Don’t You,” pairs African percussion instruments with distinctly Middle-Eastern harmonic scales. A heavy rhythm & blues bass line and gritty Rhodes piano move the song steadily forward as it eventually swells into an ocean of overlapping harmonies and rhythms. The voices multiply and build in intensity until they become a mass of screaming and muttering, finally dropping away as the band returns to its initial slow groove. It’s a fitting start to an album that takes a multitude of unexpected turns and weaves together a wide array of seemingly incongruous styles.

 

Even when he’s employing a sense of irony, as in the smirking epic “Oh Your Backwards Smile,” Paraguassu never hides behind his tricks. He is a songwriter who faces weariness with childlike wonder, pain with wisdom, and indignation with unrelenting sweetness. It’s music that feels nostalgic the first time you hear it, like an old friend you didn’t know you had.

 

André’s list of songwriting influences is long and eclectic, but the majority of artists and albums he mentions are from the sixties and early seventies, with a heavy slant toward music made in the UK, Brazil, France, and the southern United States during that time period. As such, traces of Nick Drake, Harry Nilsson, Otis Redding, and Sam Cooke can all be heard in his vocal delivery, with dark raspy low notes and a soaring, bell-like upper register. Psychedelic elements that bring Broadcast, Pink Floyd, and Caetano Veloso to mind mix with introspective lyrics and symphonic orchestration in Paraguassu’s often complex song structures.

 

Book of Colors has played alongside national and international acts that include Kishi Bashi, Bright Black Morning Light, Horse Feathers, Della Mae, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and Streets of Laredo. They’ve also performed in numerous festivals and events in and around Atlanta and the Southeastern United States.


Book of Colors will be the 11th release in less than two years for Deer Bear Wolf Records. It will be available on CD and tape cassette February 5th. The release party will be February 27th at Terminal West with Little Tybee and Hello Ocho.

 

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Oryx & Crake // Marriage
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Oryx & Crake

Marriage

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CD Digipak (Edition of 500) or Double Vinyl Record (Edition of 250)

A commitment. An adventure. A journey. People use these words all the time in relation to marriage, in vows and explanations and elegies. So, too, do husband and wife Ryan Peoples and Rebekah Goode-Peoples of Atlanta’s Oryx & Crake. Though, chances are, they mean it in a totally different way.

“There’s a beast in me/and I know you know this,” Ryan sings on “Strange as You Are,” the opener of the band’s latest album, Marriage. But knowing and seeing are two different things entirely, and Oryx & Crake make hay of the tension that lies between the two, loading on Patterson Hood’s “duality of the Southern thing,” abandoned religion and nods to more than one of the great post-apocalyptic novels of our time forgood measure. Ostensibly, Marriage is about commitment — in a broad sense, not just between romantic partners — but it’s even bigger than that. Marriage is also about ambivalence.

For an album to tackle such big and slippery themes, it almost has to be cinematic, and in that regard, Oryx & Crake do not disappoint. Marriage displays the grandeur of Arcade Fire’s finer moments with the lyrical and emotional heft of Sufjan Steven’s more personal cuts. Tracks like “The World Will Take Care of Me” show off the group’s range, beginning with nothing but a voice and a guitar and gradually sneaking inlayer after layer of sound, creating a sense of something rich and organic, which permeates the album.

Crafted in the Goode-Peoples home over the course of four years (and blooming with little intimate Easter eggs, like a recording of their friends singing at a Christmas party, or the voices of their children), Marriage sounds much bigger than the rooms it was made in. This is thanks in large part to strings from Matt Jarrard (cello) and Karyn Lu (violin), as well as Ryan’s sound designer tinkerings with audio both “found” around the house and created.

Such big sounds, themes and richness of detail could have made the record sag under its own weight. But Rebekah — who did her masters work in epics — helped give it structure in the well-worn fashion of the classics. The songs, like the epics, move in cycles — from the first blush of a thrilling new thing to the “underworld moment” of “The Well”’s dirge-like crawl to the woozy singing saw and blistered toes of closer“The Road,” which tips its hat at — who else? — Cormac McCarthy.

The album art, by Bo Bartlett, is the perfect visual representation of the multi-layered themes on Marriage. On the front, in “Car Crash,” a couple embraces beside a crunched and overturned car, under an ochre sky. On the back is that painting’s equal and not-quite-opposite, “A Miraculous Outcome.” It’s exactly the same scene, only now the sky is blue and fairly clear. It’s “The Well” versus “The Road,” two sides of a coin that will be familiar to anyone who’s ever stuck it out – whatever “it” is.

It’s not the kind of journey that looks great on TV. But it’s an important one. Because it’s real.

 

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