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UK Press Loves Destroyer

The end of year love just keeps rolling in! Drowned in Sound, The Stool Pigeon, The Quietus, Uncut, The Guardian, MOJO and NME all named Destroyer’s Kaputt in their top 50 best albums of 2011 lists. Thanks guys. We’re totally blushing over here. Hugs all around. Here’s a list of where we ranked:

#20 Drowned in Sound
#22 The Stool Pigeon
#29 The Quietus
#31 Uncut
#33 The Guardian
#41 MOJO
#44 NME
Adding to the excitement, Pitchfork put Kaputt at #2 on their list. Wow. We’re kind of speechless. Thank you again. For reals.

Sun Airway Share Another Live Video, Release Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier To Wide Prase in the UK

Sun Airway’s “Your Moon” Live from klipcollective on Vimeo.

As promised, Sun Airway have released another live video, this time for “Your Moon” and once again, the projections by Klip Collective are pure eye candy.

We are also pleased to release Sun Airway’s Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier in the United Kingdom today. Uncut gave the album four stars, while Q said that it, “picks up where Merriweather Post Pavilion left off, dream, abstract washes of electronic sound wrapping themselves around sweet, Beach Boys harmonies.” The Independent gave the album three stars, describing it as “miasmic drone-rock that brings to mind My Bloody Valentine collaborating with The Flaming Lips.” For our friends in the UK, we promise this is worth the wait.

The Good Ones’ Kigali Y’ Izahabu Out Now

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It’s a really special day for us here in the Dead Oceans camp. We’re honored and humbled to release The Good Ones’ Kigali Y’ Izahabu. We’ve talked about the three Rwandan genocide survivors behind the music and the world traveling producer whose lucky encounter resulted in its recording, but at its core, it’s a record of simple acoustic love songs with undeniable melodies. And somedays, that’s all it needs to be. Its many champions would agree:

“This is an important recording not only for its stellar musical quality, but for its humanity as well” — AllMusic

“The trio’s harmonies are the key, with the voices dovetailing majestically on undulating delights like ‘Eudia’ and ‘Amargorwa y’ Abagabo.’” — Uncut, 4/5 Stars

“Unpolished and unrefined two-part harmonies rarely come more moving than on these 12 songs…These guys have been through wars and now survive on pennies — the fact that they want to sit and sing love songs for us should be enough, but the raw, emotional results are undeniably impressive.” — MOJO, 4/5 Stars

“The Good Ones’ three-man harmonies are about as slack and welcoming as any porch-recorded music you’ve heard. “Sara”…is undeniable.” — FADER

Phosphorescent Release New MP3, Here’s To Taking It Easy Now Available for Pre-Order

photo by Noah Rosenblatt-Farrell

photo by Noah Rosenblatt-Farrell

The praise for Phosphorescent’s Here’s To Taking It Easy is pouring in. Taking Mojo’s album of the month honors, the glowing review says that songwriter Matthew Houck, “produces songs that skitter round your peripheral vision, hide in the back of your mind, their outlaw mental state playing hide-and-seek behind classic rock curtains.” Uncut offer equally gushing praise, calling it, “a bold record, steeped in Neil Young’s ‘Doom Trilogy’ and the rich sounds of classic rock.” Q Magazine also joins the fray, calling the album a, “mouthwatering harvest of Gene Clark and Neil Young’s fantasy offspring.”

Here’s To Taking It Easy is due out on May 11 (May 10 in the UK), and we are pleased to offer a second MP3 from the album, “The Mermaid Parade.” This is a song that will make you hit repeat, an absolute stunner. “The Mermaid Parade” is an instant classic. Download it now.

You can now pre-order Here’s To Taking It Easy from Dead Oceans and you will receive an instant MP3 download of the album. Order here and let the magic touch your ears.

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