Mark McGuire

Mark McGuire's albums are, amongst many other things, strong arguments for the album and for the stereo system. They're not just music; they're statements, and they demand to be experienced by the best sonic means available. They're throwbacks, not in style, but intent and effect. Put another way -- they don't make them like this anymore.

RELEASE DAY // Mark McGuire Releases ‘Beyond Belief’ Worldwide

He’s from another planet…” – The 405

a modern Krautrock acolyte following in the footsteps of Manuel Göttsching, expands his typical palette on the new one…” – Resident Advisor

Beyond Belief, Mark McGuire’s second full-length for Dead Oceans, finds him now well on the way of his own trip. Fantastical liner note tales written to accompany and set the stage for his mostly-wordless songs delight and confound. Throughout nine tracks we find an unrelenting drive to refine, build upon, focus and maximize the effect of an already remarkably prolific body of work. Though deservedly known for his virtuosic multitracked guitar playing, McGuire in fact plays every bass / synth / piano note, and every beat on the album himself, his vocals more prominent than ever before. 26 months in the making, the passion going into Beyond Belief is self-evident, and the effect is overwhelming.

Buy Beyond Belief now:
LP, CD & cassette bundles // Apple Music // Support your local independent store

LISTEN // Mark McGuire Announces New Album ‘Beyond Belief,’ Shares “Earth: 2015”

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We are happy to announce Mark McGuire’s Beyond Belief, his second full-length via Dead Oceans. Stereogum gave us the first taste of the album, premiering track Earth: 2015 and noting, “If the word “ambient” makes you think of incomparably placid chill-out music, this one will surprise you. The title is on-point: “Earth: 2015” is as chaotic and unsettling as life on this planet in these modern times, conjuring such a frantic jumble of guitar and keyboard sounds that at first I wondered if multiple browser tabs were playing music at the same time. Eventually it all coheres into a dark, dramatic, ’80s-inspired electronic instrumental that keeps unfolding for 10 minutes.

Mark McGuire’s albums are, amongst many other things, strong arguments for the album and for the stereo system. They’re not just music; they’re statements, and they demand to be experienced by the best sonic means available. They’re throwbacks, not in style, but intent and effect. Put another way — they don’t make them like this anymore.

McGuire’s albums have beautiful and carefully selected cover art. McGuire’s own liner notes for his breakthrough Dead Oceans debut, Along The Way (2013), are an experience unto themselves — a detailed explication of an artist’s “journey towards the beginning” — a new spiritual manifesto you won’t find on Spotify. The wall of sounds contained therein constitute a degree of ambition uncommon since the 70s heyday of McGuire’s forebears — Göttsching, Eno, Fripp. This is not laptop music.

Beyond Belief, his second full-length for Dead Oceans, finds McGuire now well on the way of his own trip. Fantastical liner note tales written to accompany and set the stage for his mostly-wordless songs delight and confound. Throughout nine tracks we find an unrelenting drive to refine, build upon, focus and maximize the effect of an already remarkably prolific body of work. Though deservedly known for his virtuosic multitracked guitar playing, McGuire in fact plays every bass / synth / piano note, and every beat on the album himself, his vocals more prominent than ever before. 26 months in the making, the passion going into Beyond Belief is self-evident, and the effect is overwhelming.

McGuire, of course, first came to prominence with Emeralds, a Cleveland trio who seem, in retrospect, one of the most pivotal bands to come out of the 21st century noise scene, progressively moving as they did towards sounds more melodic, engaged, directed, and also more hopeful. Like many before him, McGuire isn’t entirely comfortable with the critically-bestowed New Age tag, but the resonance is there particularly in McGuire’s prose, and it’s not unreasonable that he appeared alongside venerated new age masters Iasos and Laraaji in The New York Times’ appraisal of the new age music renaissance.

With Living With Yourself, his first major full-length solo in 2010, McGuire emerged from the underground with a clear reluctance to fulfill expectation or live inside any critical boxes. That album, with its sampled recordings from McGuire’s childhood and track titles like The Vast Structure of Recollection, is unabashedly sentimental, and seems to operate as a disclaimer — a manifesto of sorts against cynicism. Since then, his work has only grown in ambition and emotional complexity. The last few years have seen him working with Dustin Wong, releasing an R&B influenced tape as The Road Chief, expanding into visual art and video work, recording with the Afghan Whigs, and honoring his roots through his work with the annual Voice of the Valley Noise Rally in West Virginia.

Running nearly 80 minutes, the bold and fearless Beyond Belief is McGuire’s magnum opus to date, but in truth, there is no end in sight for McGuire’s vision, making any such assessment wholly premature.

Each pre-order package will include the Beyond Belief (Chopped & Chief’d) cassette, featuring chopped & screwed versions of selections from Beyond Belief.

Pre-Order for Beyond Belief
LP, CD & cassette bundles // Stream or download ‘Earth: 2015’ on Apple Music // Support your local independent store

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ALBUM RELEASE // Mark McGuire ‘Noctilucence’ EP Out Now, Stream Via Pitchfork Advance

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Mark McGuire‘s new EP Noctilucence is out now on vinyl/digital worldwide. The followup to the critically acclaimed Along The Way was written over the past two years between Los Angeles and McGuire’s hometown of Cleveland, OH.

Get Noctilucence now via SC Distribution, iTunes, Amazon, and your local record store.

You can stream the new EP all this week on Pitchfork Advance.

More on the album from Mark:

“‘The term “noctilucence” comes from “noctilucent clouds”, the name given to clouds which, for some reason, emit a brilliant vibrance at night. On this recording we find our subject diving into the electric waters of the night sky, in long drives across the vast deserts of America. It’s a recording about the discovery and understanding of the shadow, entrance to the realm not controlled by the light of day, or the logic of reason. It’s about confronting nocturnal terrors and all of those things that go bump in the night…“Noctilucence” is a deep stare into the infinite eye of the shimmering night sky of the future, and all it holds in its gaze.” – Mark McGuire, 2014

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WATCH // Mark McGuire Shares “Noctilucence” Visuals + Ambient Mix Via The Fader

Dive into the mind of Mark McGuire with us. Today via The Fader, Mark has shared visuals for an extended version of “Noctilucence” from his upcoming EP of the same name. Read Mark’s introspective take on the creative process below, and watch the video above or on YouTube.

“Noctilucence is about things becoming vibrant at night, the electricity of the inner life, and listening when you’re the only ears for miles and miles. I do most of my recording and writing at night, as well as much of my interstate traveling for tours and personal journeys. There’s something that seems to come to life in twilight, and my nights have always felt shrouded with ideas and expression. For this song and this album in general, I wanted to channel that energy and pay homage to that presence I’ve felt in every silent, dark movement of shadows, and the electric, fluorescent writings on the wall.” – Mark McGuire

Pre-order Noctilucence now via SC Distribution, iTunes, Amazon, and your local record store.

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