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PRESLEY COMES ALIVE!
THE WiNK OUT ON SEPTEMBER 16TH!
On the cover, a bare chest and bits of bodies sketched in jagged lines of black and white. Inside, in full calor, we find Tim Presley. The dark force behind White Fence steps into the solo light with The WiNK.
Tim's a man in a glass booth, grabbing at scraps of paper blown at his windscreen as if they were of the greatest value. They're actually of the ONLY value. The Presley guitar hand has a powerful, yet quicksilver touch, with metallic brilliance ALWAYS, esp. in rhythm figurations, where it wrings chords out like panic signals, highlighted on "Clue" where a smooth and steadfast lyric melody is supplanted by a throw of broken guitar and shards of keys and drum beats. The tension is unbreakable, a thin plastic slip, as he intones upon a maze of high wild mercury stings.
The WiNK is produced by Cate Le Bon, who does the impregnable work of bringing a Tim Presley solo statement into focus somehow from without, by leading Tim the long away around to make a portrait of him. Cate fully embodied the producer role, picking the songs for the album from a deep pile of demos, making arrangements for the chosen songs and steadfastly suggesting that the trusted team go off the beaten path in their execution. Alert to the scribble from which Tim's songs emerge in best home-recorded intimacy, Cate's studio production teases such details out without losing any of the cerebral splatter - deconstructing and rebuilding the songs with a tight-knit crew (comprised of drummer Stella Mogzawa, and engineer Samur Khouja) whose shared language lifts Tim's sound from the deep blue to create a different, stranger, authentic result.
The pop pusher of this teenage century is ready to slip behind the (White) Fence to claim his own name; be there when he does on September 16th!
Tim Presley Online:Pre-Order- http://www.dragcity.com/products/the-wink
"These 11 tracks creep up on you, as her coiled melodies suddenly explode into cavernous freak-outs or build to a crescendo of unbearable catharsis." - NPR Music
"No one else can make shattering sound like such an act of strength." - Stereogum
Anticipation is a key component of happiness. The not-yet-having of something only strengthens your resolve to hold out a little longer, to make space for it in your life. Well here we are, the day's finally arrived. Mitski's debut record for Dead Oceans, Puberty 2, is out worldwide today.
It's already being heralded as one of the best albums of the year thus far by Stereogum (#3) and Brooklyn Magazine (#1). With the likes of The New Yorker, NPR Music, and Dazed joining the well-deserved chorus of praise. Not to mention, last Sunday's The New York Times went deep on the album.
Puberty 2 is an indelible collection of songs crafted thoughtfully from memories and details (whose size & importance shift depending on the eye of the beholder). These are important pieces of writing that process being alive and being in love - or just being at all. We are so proud to be able to share this in full with you today.
Below you'll find links to stream and purchase Puberty 2. You'll also see that Mitski is about to embark on an extensive worldwide tour. Odds are she's coming to your city! We've also included some rad conversations she's had of late about Puberty 2, recording, life in New York & more. Dig in!
Grab your copy of Puberty 2 via:
Dead Oceans - http://smarturl.it/mitski
Bandcamp - http://bit.ly/mitskibc
Amazon - http://smarturl.it/mitski_amz
iTunes - http://smarturl.it/mitski_it
Local record shop - http://smarturl.it/mitski_ind
In conversation with Mitski:
New York Times Arts & Leisure Feature
The Fader Gen F Feature
Pitchfork Icebreaker Feature
Rolling Stone Feature
Issue Magazine Feature
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