PRE-ORDER : PEALS "Honey"
Today we are so pleased to announce the upcoming release of the new Peals album, "Honey" on Friends Records. "Honey" will be available September 16th, 2016 on vinyl, CD, cassette, digitally and in a limited edition honey jar from Oak Hill Honey with a submerged, sealed USB stick. Pre-order your copy on LP, tape, and CD.
Honey, the second full-length album from Baltimore-based duo Peals, elevates their exploratory sound to majestic new heights of otherworldly instrumental pop while preserving the intimacy of their live shows and earlier recordings.
William Cashion (Future Islands) and Bruce Willen (ex-Double Dagger) recorded much of Honey in Willen’s Baltimore home. Together they build rapturous melodies of interlocking and looped guitars that channel kosmische musik, ‘70s Eno, and new wave hooks à la Robert Smith into above-the-clouds dream soundtracks. Unexpected and delicate textures—wind, bells, the whirs of a film projector—situate listeners in the elemental immediacy of Peals performances, which take place in art galleries or open fields as often as traditional music venues.
Recorded over a three-year span (late 2013 to early 2016) and mixed by Chester Endersby Gwazda (Dan Deacon, Future Islands), Peals’ sophomore album triumphantly refines and expands the sound palette they mapped out on their 2013 debut, Walking Field. Each of Honey’s nine tracks brim with emotional resonance. A journey at once meditative, transportive, and eminently accessible, Honey is one of those special albums that creates an entire world—and then invites the listener to populate it with thoughts and dreams of their own.
- Eric Allen Hatch. Photos by Monique Crabb.
Watch the video for "Become Younger" and download the track below!
PRE-ORDER : BLACKSAGE "Shivers"
Today we're also pleased to announce the new Blacksage album, "Shivers". Shivers will be released on vinyl, CD, cassette and digitally on September 30th. The album was recorded in spring 2016 by Rob Girardi at Wrightway studios and features art by the amazing Chris Day. Today we're giving you the first single, "All Alone," for free download. In addition, you can preorder the new album now below.
NEW RELEASE // WING DAM "GLOW AHEAD" LP / CD / Cassette
We are so pleased to announce the new album from Wing Dam. "Glow Ahead" is the third full length from the band as well as our third release from them following 2014's "Shifter Bliss" and 2012's "Thick Phase/No Splash". "Glow Ahead" began when in October 2015 the band stepped into WrightWay Studios with Rob Girardi to record 3 songs for a possible 7" release. They ended up recording 4 songs and enjoyed the experience so much that they went to work writing an entire album. By February 2016 they were back in WrightWay and turned out 8 more killer jams. These 12 songs would become this album.
Wing Dam is Sara Autrey (bass, vocals), Austin Tally (guitar, vocals) and Abram Hodge Sanders (drums). After a successful few years playing in Baltimore and around the country, Wing Dam have released their new album, "Glow Ahead" on LP, CD and cassette via Friends Records, supporting it with their second national tour – seeing 60 shows in 75 days.
Below you will find the first single from the new record, "I'm Wild", as well as your chance to pre-order the new record! (Photo by Valerie Paulsgrove.)
NEW RELEASE // OTHER COLORS "Natural Motion" LP / CD / Cassette
Other Colors has been hard at work on their 2nd full length album for almost 2 years now. Beautifully recorded and mixed by Chris Freeland at his Beat Babies Studio, you can really hear the time and care put into these recordings. Will Ryerson and Dan Whatley have written and recorded a beautiful record that begs to be revisited over and over again.
"Natural Motion" is available on vinyl, CD and cassette from Friends Records. You can listen to the first single, "You Know The One" below.
NEW RELEASE // AMANDA GLASSER "Purrer EP"
Amanda Glasser is no stranger to Friends Records. Over the past few years she has lent her voice and her cello to a handful of Adam Lempel's albums. Most recently, you heard her sharing vocal duties on Adam's most recent album, "Still Life". Now we are bringing you Amanda Glasser's "Purrer EP". "Purrer EP" is a glimpse of things to come from this talented and amazing singer songwriter.
All of these songs are written by Amanda Glasser. Amanda plays guitar and sings on each song. Josh Frazier plays bass and drums on "The Tree That Bears The Golden Fruit". Amanda sang and played everything else. Josh recorded "Wolves". Craig Bowen and Jared Paolini recorded everything else.
Amanda has a new band named Purrer that consists of her, Jon Birkholz and Jarrett Gilgore. You will find them playing many shows around town and around the US this year!
WELCOME TO THE NEW FRIENDS.
Welcome to the new Friends Records. Same great ideals and ideas with a brand new look and approach. Today we are announcing the changes that brought us to where we are now as well as unveiling our new website, web store and a slew of new releases for you to gobble up. As a few of you may know, 2015 was a very transitional year for Friends Records. One of our original founders, Brett Yale, who was instrumental in the inception and development of Friends Records, made his way west to follow a new employment opportunity. After some time, Friends Records took on a new partner in Bruce Gearhart. Beyond the insight that 30+ years in the music industry brings, Bruce has been a source of great inspiration and drive in pushing Friends Records to live up to its fullest potential. As of today, we are happy to announce that we have secured distribution deals through Sony in Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and all European Territories. We will be widely distributed in the U.S. for the first time in more than 3 years and we are hoping to announce even more partnerships with distributors before the summer is through. We will be using this website to keep you up to date on all Friends Records label and artist happenings, from releases and videos to show dates and tours. We have employees for the first time ever. Will Pesta came on board to handle our in house art and design as well as being the main man behind this very website. Dana Murphy also started with us back in February and is doing our in house show promoting/tour booking and support as well as helping out with some of our press needs.
To those of you who are new to the site, we welcome you. To those that have been hanging around waiting for us to make moves for the past few years, thank you for your patience and it is a real pleasure to tell you that today is the day that you have been waiting for. First and foremost, we are really pleased to present you with our first ever proper pre-orders through our new store. Wing Dam "Glow Ahead", Moss Of Aura "We'll All Collide" and Other Colors "Natural Motion" are all being made available on vinyl, CD and cassette. Ami Dang's "Uni Sun" and Jenny Besetzt's "Tender Madness" are being released on CD and cassette and there is a "Purrer EP" cassette coming from Amanda Glasser. In the coming months we will announce new records from Bond St. District, Peals, Blacksage, Microkingdom and Nicky Smith. In 2017 we will be bringing you brand new releases from Natural Velvet, Garcia Bros, Amy Reid as well as reissues of the earlier Moss Of Aura catalog and much much much more.
Through our new site you can keep track of all of these releases, listen to whatever you like, pre-order our releases, buy our older releases and keep up to date on shows and tours from your favorite Friends Records artists. There is a full archive of all of our releases as well as a new email list to sign up for. Each artist will have its own page which will be updated from time to time with their releases, their bio and any accompanying music videos or relevant links. Please spend some time surfing around and seeing all that we have done over the past 7 years while getting ready for what is to come in the very near future. If you like what you see, please sign up for our email newsletter to get weekly updates on all of our happenings.
NEW RELEASE // AMI DANG "Uni Sun"
We here at Friends Records are very proud to present our first project with Ami Dang. Beautifully dancing on the line between traditional classical indian music and electronic club music, there isn't anything quite like it anywhere else in our catalog or in the world. Ami is a unique and amazing artist who has captivated us since we first heard her playing the intro on the Celebration "Hello Paradise" LP that we released in 2011. We look forward to many more project with her, but for now, please enjoy her new album, "Uni Sun". It is a true labor of love that crossed many metaphorical oceans before it found its way to our shore.
"Uni Sun" will be available July 29th on CD and cassette from Friends Records. Listen to the first single, "Sublimate", below.
PRE-ORDER : MOSS OF AURA "We'll All Collide"
It has been more than 5 years since we last had a solo release from Gerrit Welmers aka Moss Of Aura. In 2011, we released his 6th full length album entitled "Wading" on LP and cassette. "Wading" continues to be one of the pillars of Friends Records and we couldn't be more proud than we are today, to introduce you to his follow-up, "We'll All Collide". If you are familiar with his sound then you have a good idea of what to expect. There are playful new dimensions that we haven't seen before and real growth as a musician and as an artist. Gerrit has woven electric guitar into some of his arrangements and really brought his sound into laser sharp focus. "We'll All Collide" is Moss Of Aura's strongest record to date and showcases his many extraordinary talents.
"We'll All Collide" will be available starting September 2nd, 2016 on vinyl, CD and cassette. You can pre-order your copy today. Look for more news about Moss Of Aura soon.
JENNY BESETZT "Tender Madness"
Jenny Besetzt has been on the radar over here at Friends Records for years. We have been trying to work with them for some time, catching them live whenever we were near one of their shows. When we talked about opening up our borders and looking outside of Baltimore for new artists, Raleigh, North Carolina's Jenny Besetzt was the first name to pop up. A serendipitous meeting at Hopscotch Festival 2015 and here we are today.
We are incredibly proud to present you with the new Jenny Besetzt album, "Tender Madness" today. It is available starting today, July 15th, 2016.
"Tender Madness" is available now on CD and cassette from Friends Records. Order your copy today! Hear the first single, the title track "Tender Madness" below.