Stream of "Eclipses"
I like this track, although the mixing is a little suspicious (compression). But overall, this track I enjoy more than the "The Giving In" just on 1st impression.
Stream "The Giving In"
The 1st single.
Meh, it's okay I guess, hopefully with some time and/or within the record, it'll grab me more.
Release June 30th, 2015 on Top Shelf Records.
This is 1st full-length from TVT in nearly a decade, and their last album Cum Laude, I actually have listened to maybe 3 or 4 times, although I believe I own a copy of it on cd.
The Velvet Teen at this point, have 1 record I absolutely adore, in 2004's almost purely piano-driven album Elysium (that I would call rather epic and prog in a lot of ways). There other records, I can only say I'm luke warm about. But, in fairness, I haven't spent a ton of time with them (even though I think I own most if not all, at admittedly, affordable prices on cd).
I don't expect anything as amazing as Elysium with this album, however, given the amount of time and presumably work that has led to this new record, I do have some optimism for this album. I just question whether they'll ever make a record like Elysium again, at least stylistically.
5. All Is Illusory
6. The Giving In
7. Church or State
8. Taken Over
9. You Were the First
10. The Veil Between
We’re elated to announce that we’ll be releasing a new album from The Velvet Teen this summer. They’re one of our favorite bands and as long-time followers of their music, this album has us the most excited of any to date — it’s an incredibly dynamic album and the perfect culmination of everything this band is truly great at (which, frankly, is a lot). If you’re a fan of bands on our roster like toe, Enemies, Braid, Crash of Rhinos and Prawn, then (and I can’t convey this enough) you’re going to love this band and this album. Can’t wait for you all to hear it.
The forthcoming album is titled All Is Illusory and will be released on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. All Is Illusory marks the band’s fourth album and is the long-awaited and elegant follow-up to 2006’s Cum Laude! that was recorded and co-produced by Steve Choi (Rx Bandits, Peace’d Out) and Roger Camero (No Motiv, Peace’d Out). From its gorgeous, swirling electronics to its harder, angular, ’90s-leaning flourishes of grunge, indie and emo, All Is Illusory is a welcome return for a band whose varied influences are still very much intact after its short silence.
If you’re able to, be sure to see the band on their current west coast tour around SXSW!
03.10 - Oakland, CA @ 1234 Go Records
03.11 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place
03.12 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite
03.13 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
03.14 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
03.15 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
03.19 - Austin, TX (SXSW) @ Cheer Up Charlies - Flowerbooking/AV Club Party
03.19 - Austin, TX (SXSW) @ Soho Lounge - Topshelf Records Party
03.20 - Austin, TX (SXSW) @ Red 7 - Brooklyn Vegan Day Party
03.20 - Austin, TX (SXSW) @ Red 7 - Flowerbooking Day Party
03.21 - Austin, TX (SXSW) @ The Highball - Shiner Party
03.22 - Dallas, TX @ Spillover Music Festival
03.24 - Denver, CO @ Moon Room
03.25 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
03.26 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
03.27 - Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
03.28 - Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
03.29 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza