Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Umphrey's McGee - Similar Skin (2014)

I knew they had a new record coming relatively soon, but hadn't seen any details. But this info was shared I would guess sometime in the last few weeks, and now the whole record is available to Preorder and Stream as it drops next Tuesday June 10th (the same day as some others like Fjokra and Anathema I recall).

I'm enjoying this after hearing the 1st few tracks, probably already more than their last LP Death By Stereo. Maybe their pattern of every-other album ala Bret Saberhagen, will prove Similar Skin to be more *similar* to Mantis and Anchor Drops, the 2 records I really enjoy from these guys.

edit:  this album is excellent! Quite heavy at times, perhaps heavier than anything else they've done actually. More proof that when this band takes their time in the studio, they generally create some interesting work worth going back to often.

Link to Soundcloud Stream


Without further ado…Similar Skin pre-order details.
In order to best serve our ever dedicated core, we’re back with a pre-order aimed to please. First up, every pre-order will receive an immediate download of Similar Skin’s opening track “The Linear” to get things rolling. Furthermore, pre-order directly from our new label Nothing Too Fancy Music and you’ll be given a unique access code to unlock the bonus vault featuring exclusive audio downloads, studio videos, photos and more. Finally, you will be given the opportunity to weigh in on what song should be given future studio treatment.
There are a myriad of ways to get in on the action, so chart your own course. Whether you want digital or physical, MP3s or 24 bit ALACs, CDs or 180 gram LPs, or the hefty deluxe hard-cover edition, we’ve got you covered. Every purchase, regardless of format, gets you in on the instant grat track, bonus vault access and studio voting.
Guarantee yourself the goods at bonus.umphreys.com – the holy grail of outtakes, unreleased tracks, demos, alternate mixes, behind the scenes studio footage, ring tones, etc…you know the drill. Check back regularly as new content will be available from now until well beyond release date of June 10th. We guarantee you the type of unpredictable and entertaining experience you’ve come to expect from us.

In an era of singles and shuffle mode, we still relish the album as an art form and need your help to continue to support the album as a concept. The amount of time, energy and money that goes into a record is unlike anything else we do. Your support is essential to allow us to continue making albums for years to come. We are constantly angling to give you loads of free music via our podcasts, YouTube, regular giveaways, various streaming sites, etc. and will continue to do so forever. Help us help you by supporting Similar Skin on Nothing Too Fancy Music.
Pre-order begins tomorrow morning at 10am CDT
Thank You.

Umphrey’s McGee

Fine print & such: Upon purchase of any version of Similar Skin, your confirmation receipt will contain a unique code and instructions to access bonus.umphreys.com. Your code is unique to you and can only be accessed via one IP address at a time. Voting on a future studio track will take place via the pre-order site. The band will provide a multiple choice list of tracks for you to weigh in on and the highest vote getter gets the studio full monty.

1 The Linear 3:48
2 Cut the Cable 3:54
3 Hourglass 3:24
4 No Diablo 4:13
5 Similar Skin 6:06
6 Puppet String 6:30
7 Little Gift 3:15
8 Educated Guess 5:49
9 Loose Ends 5:02
10 Hindsight 3:24
11 Brideless 9:00