New pre-orders: Wreck and Reference, Kayo Dot, All Your Sisters, Have a Nice Life

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Pre-orders for the new albums by Wreck and Reference, Kayo Dot, and All Your Sisters go live today at 10am PT.

Also going for sale will be a new pressing of Have a Nice Life’s Deathconsciousness.

This is a new pressing of Have a Nice Life’s Deathconsciousness. The engineer that cut the first Flenser edition of Deathconsciousness felt that he could improve the quality of the pressing. The result is a louder and clearer edition of the most important record we have ever been a part of. Pressed at RTI. All print work is identical to the previous edition.

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Wreck and Reference – INDIFFERENT RIVERS ROMANCE END

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WRECK & REFERENCE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM, ‘INDIFFERENT RIVERS ROMANCE END’

Due out July 22nd from The Flenser / Listen to new song “The Clearing” here

California’s multi-instrumentalist masterminds Ignat Frege and Felix Skinner, better known as Wreck and Reference, have announced their third-full length album: Indifferent Rivers Romance End. Due out July 22nd through longtime partner The Flenser, the album is a winding composition of ballads interrogating the endurance of purpose, love, and change, against the backdrop of disillusionment draining into nihilism. The first single “The Clearing” is streaming today as a preview to the album and it can be heard on Soundcloud or Youtube.

Indifferent Rivers Romance End was recorded by the band and mixed/mastered with Samur Khouja (Joanna Newsom, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) in Los Angeles, CA earlier this year. The album contains 10 new tracks, clocking in at 44 minutes in length. This new album sees Wreck and Reference employ the pristine clarity of IDM and the rhythmic flood of trap, as an experiment in pop, metal, and noise with the increased use of digital synthesizers over previous works, creating a greater sense of fluidity and movement.

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Wreck and Reference formed in 2011 and recorded their first EP, Black Cassette, in a garage, drawing upon the blown out intensity of black metal and the angularity of noise rock, with themes of determinism and Cormac McCarthy-esque isolation. Instead of guitars, the instrumentation on Black Cassette was constructed of samples played through distorted amplifiers. In 2012, their debut full length Y̶o̶u̶t̶h̶ represented a dramatic expansion of their sonic palette. In deeper, darker tones, Y̶o̶u̶t̶h̶ was a reflection on the opposing forces of dismissal and longing for both the past and the future, questioning the value of the life lived and life that is still to come. These sounds and themes were pushed further in Wreck and Reference’s second full length Want in 2014. Described by Pitchfork as having “radical vision” and “boundless experimentation,” Want expanded into a darker and more brooding territory, plumbing the depths of isolation, sadness, and hopelessness, as if written from inside a room with only a dimming window into a perfectly callous world. In contrast to Wreck and Reference’s past work, Indifferent Rivers Romance End is an album that allows the possibility of change, even the necessity of it, when the self comes to face the inevitability of continued life amidst the construction and destruction of relationships. The cover depicts a statue of Heraclitus, the tearful Ancient Greek herald of change, tied to a brick and drowned in a river of liquor and dirt.

Tracklist:
1. Powders
2. Flight But Not Metaphor
3. Ascend
4. The Clearing
5. Liver
6. Modern Asylum
7. Manifestos
8. Bullwhips
9. Languish
10. Unwant

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More songs from Indifferent Rivers Romance End will surface soon and the album is up for pre-order at NowFlensing.com on Friday May 6th at 10am PT along with new albums by Kayo Dot, All Your Sisters, and a Have a Nice Life repress.

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Muscle and Marrow support tour with Marissa Nadler

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Muscle and Marrow North American Tour with Marissa Nadler and Wrekmeister Harmonies.

Muscle and Marrow will be performing their own set and also as part of Marissa Nadler’s backing band.

7/5/16 – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR Tickets
7/6/16 – Neurolux, Boise, ID Tickets
7/8/16 – Kilby Court, Salt Lake City, UT Tickets
7/9/16 – Lost Lake Lounge, Denver, CO Tickets
7/10/16 – Reverb Lounge, Omaha, NE Tickets
7/11/16 – 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN Tickets
7/12/16 – Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL Tickets
7/13/16 – El Club, Detroit, MI Tickets
7/14/16 – The Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON, CA Tickets
7/15/16 – La Sala Rossa, Montreal, QC, CA Tickets7/16/16 – Half Moon, Hudson, NY No Advance Tickets
7/19/16 – Great Scott, Boston, MA Tickets
7/20/16 – Aurora, Providence, RI Tickets
7/21/16 – Bowery Ballroom, New York City, NY Tickets
7/22/16 – Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA Tickets
7/24/16 – DC9, Washington DC Tickets
7/25/16 – Cat’s Cradle Backstage, Carrboro, NC Tickets
7/26/16 – The Earl, Atlanta, GA Tickets
7/27/16 – Gasa Gasa, New Orleans, LA Tickets
7/29/16 – The Sidewinder, Austin, TX Tickets
7/30/16 – Rubber Gloves, Denton, TX Tickets
8/1/16 – Valley Bar, Phoenix, AZ Tickets
8/2/16 – Casbah, San Diego, CA
8/3/16 – The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
8/4/16 – The Chapel, San Francisco, CA
8/5/16 – Henry Miller Library, Big Sur, CA
8/7/16 – Cobalt, Vancouver, BC, CA
8/8/16 – Barboza, Seattle, WA
*photo by Nikki Hedrick

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The Flenser Singles Spotify

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All Your Sisters – UNCOMFORTABLE SKIN

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A band with a name such as All Your Sisters, whose two sole members are men, is not surprisingly a little hard to nail down. Ambiguity extends to the bands genre as well. “I think All Your Sisters is a lot of things: post punk, industrial, noise, ambient,” says frontman Jordan Morrison. The duo, who hail from the deceivingly sunny city of San Francisco, have one foot planted firmly in darkwave and post-punk, leaving the other free to wade through a variety of unconventional influences. Their forthcoming album, Uncomfortable Skin is steeped in nostalgia, but entirely contemporary and album’s first single “Open Wide,” seamlessly shifts between genres, yielding a sound that is both brooding and catchy.

LISTEN to the bands new track Open Wide here on Post-Punk.com

After the dissolution of his previous band, Morrison (guitar, synth, vocals) formed All Your Sisters as a solo project, then moved from Reno to San Francisco where he eventually brought like-minded musician Mario Armando Ruiz (bass, synth) into the fold. The duo connected immediately, bonding over their tumultuous upbringings and dark personal tragedies. Their first album, Modern Failures was released by Belaten in 2014 and then on vinyl by Weyrd Son Records. It was followed by a successful European tour in 2015. All Your Sisters performs with a palpable sense of urgency. “I get physically and mentally ill if I’m unable to play music for stretches. It’s perhaps the only way I know how to express myself,” says Morrison.

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Morrison draws on his personal experiences for lyrical inspiration, especially his time spent working as an EMT. “I was 19, living in Las Vegas and driving an ambulance,” he says. “I became a full blown paramedic by the time I was 23. I eventually moved to Reno and worked for a few more years. The job started to wear on me. I saw the worst things you can imagine. People in their worst, most vulnerable states. There was definitely no sign of a god anywhere. I can’t un-see a lot of what I saw. These images might be in my head forever. So the feelings from it kind of sneak their way into the lyrics.”

Design work by Kevin Gan Yuen.

Uncomfortable Skin arrives courtesy of The Flenser on July 8th, 2016. More announcements and premieres coming soon.

Tracklist:

01 – Nothing Is Sacred
02 – Open Wide
03 – Black God
04 – Heater
05 – Loss
06 – Remains
07 – Filled With Waste
08 – Shame
09 – No Hope
10 – Reconcile

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KAYO DOT ANNOUNCE ‘PLASTIC HOUSE ON BASE OF SKY’

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Kayo Dot’s “Plastic House on Base of Sky.”

New CD/LP out June 24 on The Flenser!

Kayo Dot has never made the same record twice. From chamber music to progressive black metal, from goth to jazz and avant-garde classical, Kayo Dot is undeniably experimental and utterly unclassifiable. Since its inception in 2003, the band has released seven full-length albums, including their debut Choirs of the Eye (2003), the conceptual double-album Hubardo (2013) and most recently Coffins on Io (2014, The Flenser). Kayo Dot have toured the globe numerous times over and have played the stages of Roadburn, SXSW, and many other international music festivals. In 2015, frontman Toby Driver organized and played a 12-concert retrospective at The Stone in NYC. Now, Kayo Dot is gearing up for the release of a new LP: Plastic House on Base of Sky, due out June 24th, 2016 from The Flenser.

On Plastic House on Base of Sky, Kayo Dot fully embraces Coffins on Io’s electronic allusions, incorporating a variety of synthesizers (many of them vintage analog) to create another work of ambition and magnitude that fuses the explosive musical imagination of a band like Magma with the forward-thinking experimentalism of Conrad Schnitzler or Morton Subotnick. This 40 minute-long, 5-song LP goes beyond the future-noir theme of Coffins on Io and is an innovative and biomechanical work of art. Think seemingly impossible architecture, dead satellites, trashed space stations, wasted old lady heroin addicts hanging out by cheap motel pools, broken people, and a hopeless dead and polluted world transitioning into artifice and mechanism and reacting by being self-destructive, either to the point of utter obliteration or a glorious transhuman condition.

Toby Driver, the primary composer and bandleader of Kayo Dot, has been fiercely productive over the years, and while that usually refers to how many songs or albums an artist has made, with Driver the productivity is in the realm of ideas as much as music itself. In the course of a single Kayo Dot song, the amount of risks and liberties taken with form and convention usually outnumbers what other artists cover in a full album. For as much ground as they cover, it’s always in the service of a carefully curated mood and this is apparent on Plastic House on Base of Sky’s exploration of our mechanical post-human future-present.

The core of Kayo Dot might be that mood– one that lies at the crossroads of darkness and mystery. In film, music that accompanies mystery is often nocturnal, playing on a primal relation in our brains between the unknown and the night. It’s this intersection that is the essence of Kayo Dot. Driver, who recorded Plastic House on Base of Sky in various locations from August 2014 to December 2015, again collaborates with lyricist Jason Byron. Byron, a lifelong student of the occult, gives the listener a feast of words to unpack that are as elusively satisfying as the labyrinths of sound they travel through. Whether by way of menacing guitars, ethereal woodwinds, or aggressive electronics, there’s always a sense that a new passage could open, that around the next corner could be anything.

Song premieres, pre-orders and more info on Plastic House on Base of Sky coming soon from Kayo Dot and The Flenser.

Cover art by Fuco Ueda. Design by Kevin Gan Yuen

Plastic House on Base of Sky Track Listing:

1. Amalia’s Theme
2. All The Pain in All the Wide World
3. Magnetism
4. Rings of Earth
5. Brittle Urchin

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King Woman Announce dates with Wax Idols and Pentagram

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King Woman is setting out on a US tour with Wax Idols including dates that support the legendary doom band PENTAGRAM!

17-May – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven *
18-May – Portland, OR – Dante’s *
19-May – Boise, ID – Neurolux *
20-May – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room *
21-May – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater *
23-May – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater *
24-May – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo *
25-May – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick *
26-May – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory *
27-May – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge *
28-May – San Jose, CA – The Ritz *
31-May – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
1-Jun – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
2-Jun – Detroit, MI – El Club
3-Jun – Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose
5-Jun – Allston, MA – Great Scott
7-Jun – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
8-Jun – Washington DC – Songbyrd DC
9-Jun – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
10-Jun – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
11-Jun – Atlanta, GA – The EARL
12-Jun – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
14-Jun – Dallas, TX – Red Blood Club
15-Jun – Austin, TX – Mohawk
17-Jun – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
18-Jun – Fullerton, CA – The Slidebar

*with Pentagram

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Muscle and Marrow – Love announcement

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The Flenser will be releasing Love, the new full-length from Portland Oregon’s Muscle and Marrow.

Stream, My Fear, the first track from the bands new album now on Paste!

Portland, Oregon’s Muscle and Marrow write music that is at once harrowing and intense—yet also plaintive and vaporous. Formed in 2013 by Kira Clark (voice, guitar) and Keith McGraw (drums, sounds), Muscle and Marrow quickly discovered their distinctive sound. Taking inspiration from visual and feminist art, as well as contemporary poetry and literature, Muscle and Marrow is an entity that is as thoughtful as it is powerful, and as experimental as it is immediate. Their debut album The Human Cry was released in June 2014 by Belief Mower Records. Its songs were arresting and hysterical, but also distinctly feminine. Pitchfork called it “gorgeous” with Clark’s voice alternating between plaintive wails and guttural moans that soared over waves of pulsing drums and stifling guitars.

After the release of The Human Cry, Muscle and Marrow toured across the United States, playing alongside bands like True Widow, The Body and Author and Punisher, before heading east to record a new album. In October, 2015, the duo posted up at Machines with Magnets (The Body, Lightning Bolt, Marissa Nadler, Deer Tick) in Providence, RI with producers Seth Manchester and Keith Souza to record what was to become their sophomore album, Love. The band took their time in the studio and laid down seven tracks that delve deeper into electronic territory and incorporate the familiar droning guitars, rumbling synth and tribal drums throughout. Clark’s vocals are ghostly and chilling—almost unnerving at times—weaving intricate layers over a sprawling web of guitar and McGraw’s rumbling textures and drums. Clark commented, “With The Human Cry, the songs were much more straightforward guitar and drum songs. I would hand Keith entire songs already written, but with this record we toiled away at the computer adding electronic elements and a lot of vocal layering, almost like my voice (being many voices) is desperately trying to reach some sort of surface, to break through, but ultimately cannot.”

Lyrically, Love is powerful and more realized, with elements of joy, strength and anger present. During the album’s writing process, Clark lost a family member and much of the lyrical content focuses on loss, but also on love in general. How to love better, more and at all, and what happens when someone else loves you—the trap of that love but also the freedom it affords. Additionally, Love touches on feminism and female archetypes, a topic that Kira Clark is very interested in. She commented, “It’s cathartic and alluring for me to delve into feminine madness because, of course, that character is inside me somewhere all of the time and to give her permission to surface in my art is powerful.” These new songs are just as beautiful and complex as those on the band’s debut, but on Love, Muscle and Marrow push their craft further, bringing them to the frontier of avant-garde dark music.

Album artwork by Evelyn Bencicova. Package design and layout by Kevin Gan Yuen.

Love will be released on digital, on vinyl, and CD on May 27th 2016.

Pre-order now directly from The Flenser.

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Giles Corey – Now Shipping!

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We are happy to announce that the GILES COREY boxset is NOW SHIPPING!

Giles Corey, the solo project from gloom mastermind Dan Barrett (Have A Nice Life, Black Wing), is a double LP delux boxset that includes the book that accompanied the original CD version housed in a foam block. There were four vinyl color variants: milky clear with green, mint green, red, and black. Both clear green and mint green sold out immediately, but there are still copies of the red version available in our webstore www.nowflensing.com. Act fast, we expect them to sell out soon. Wholesale orders for the black version can be placed through our distributor at www.midheaven.com.

Please note, we still have a few Giles Corey pre-orders left to fulfill, but these are now about 98% shipped. If you have one of the few remaining pre-orders that haven’t shipped yet, then we thank you greatly for your patience! We assure you that your order will arrive very soon. We anticipate that all of the holiday sale orders will be shipped out within the next week as well.

To celebrate the end of the year, we made a Spotify playlist featuring tracks from every release we put out last year. Please enjoy “2015 According To Flenser.”

Thank you all for making 2015 a great year for The Flenser. We are looking forward to all of the exciting releases we have planned for 2016.

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Now That’s What I Call Gloom Vol. 2: Day of the Dan – A new Playlist by The Flenser

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