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Gauntlet Hair Releases MP3 for “Keep Time” Fall Tour Dates and Album Pre-Order Up Now!

Dead Oceans announced this summer that the self-titled debut record by Denver duo Gauntlet Hair will be released on October 18th (17th in the UK) with the release of their first mp3. “Top Bunk” was praised by Altered Zones, Exclaim!, Pitchfork, Gorilla Vs. Bear, The Fader and more. Stereogum named Gauntlet Hair one of the top 40 New Bands of 2011. They were introduced in features at Baeble Music, Interview.com, NPR and Portable.tv.

Gauntlet Hair CDs and LPs are now available for pre-order. All orders will receive a download code that will activate on October 1st, more than two weeks prior to the release date. The first 50 LP pre-orders will receive yellow-colored vinyl. Click here to pre-order Gauntlet Hair at SC Distribution.

Today Stereogum.com premiered Gauntlet Hair’s opening track “Keep Time,” calling it “a huge-sounding, heavy pop jam that sounds like it’s emanating from some kind of subterranean bower. Pretty epic album opener.”

Gauntlet Hair “Keep Time” by DOJAGSC

Gauntlet Hair is touring to and from NYC’s CMJ Music Marathon in October, the latter half of which will be with Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Dates are listed here at the tour page!

Watch the New Video for Frog Eyes’ “The Sensitive Girls”

 

 
This afternoon Stereogum premiered the new, animated video for Frog Eyes’ “The Sensitive Girls” by London-based, Russian artist Marsha Balaeva. For Balaeva, “what attracted [her] most was the theme of urban gloom and despair, where everything you look at is palpably wrong and menacing, yet fascinating in some way.”

 

The animation itself is fully hand-drawn and is made from just under a thousand drawings in ink and pencils. This was the first animation project Balaeva has done in color. At the beginning of the collaboration, Carey Mercer outlined his vision of this song, a mixture of “street despair”, faux-religious imagery, and the dream of fleeing dark places. This loose outline gave her the main theme for the storyline. He also came up with the finishing sequence, when the bird is flying out into the light of a crystal pyramid.

The majority of the city backdrops are based on actual streets and buildings of Liverpool, Manchester and London. A lot of the characters and objects can be traced back to various religious cults and practices, like the dog with the pins. In Kongo, wooden figurines of dogs and men were used by ‘baganga’ (healers) to perform rituals, and if themagic was successful a nail was added to it, so the most powerful objects were studded with nails.

For more information on Marsha Balaeva’s artwork, please visit visit her site here.

 

 

One of our favorite Canadian music channels, AUX.TV, recorded a great in-depth interview with Carey Mercer in which he discusses music, poetics, and where Frog Eyes fits in the artistic spectrum. The second video features an incredibly moving, acoustic version of “Violent Psalms.” Both videos are part of AUX.TV’s interview and performance series “What You See Is What You Get,” and you can see those and more here.

 

Happy WHITE HINTERLAND Release Day

Today you can bring WHITE HINTERLAND’S Kairos into your own home on CD or LP! The latest from Casey Dienel and Shawn Creeden is now available at your favorite local record shop or via Dead Oceans mail order HERE.

Appropriately enough, Stereogum premiered the album’s first video today with “Amsterdam.” Watch the animated video by Michaela Copikova below.

“Amsterdam” by White Hinterland from Secretly Jag on Vimeo.

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