According to the Porches Facebook page, “dark muscle” is the genre of the project fronted by singer/songwriter/producer Aaron Maine, a.k.a. Ronald Paris. It’s an oddly spot-on description of Maine’s brand of haunting synth-pop, steeped in post-rock influence. If the lead single “Hour” is any indicator, there’s plenty more gorgeous gloom to look forward to on Porches’ upcoming Domino debut, Pool, out February 2, 2015.

The total quantity of the limited color vinyl is a little unclear: Domino’s US site states “limited to 350 for the US,” and the UK site says “limited to 750” (countries not specified), so it could be a pressing of 750-1100 copies worldwide if they are exactly the same version.

UK & International customers can pre-order from Domino’s UK site:

The Details

Domino Mart exclusive version of the album on limited pressing coke bottle vinyl with spot gloss detail on jacket, limited to 350 for the US, includes 12”x12” insert and MP3 download card.

February 2016 marks the much-anticipated release of Pool, Porches’ debut full-length for Domino and a major step forward for frontman Aaron Maine—as an evolving singer / songwriter, and as a nascent producer. Written and recorded almost entirely in the Manhattan apartment he shares with his partner and frequent collaborator, Greta Kline a.k.a Frankie Cosmos, Pool is an elegantly drawn set of gorgeous synth-driven pop songs, and an expansive re-articulation of the melancholy we’ve come to expect from him; from the pristine harmonies of “Hour” to the undulating R&B of “Underwater” to the Auto-tuned majesty of the title track. “I feel like I naturally gravitate towards the more melancholic experiences in life,” he says, “but this time around I tried to dissect those moments and somehow extract what was so beautiful about them.” The result—recorded twice, and eventually mixed by Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear, Beach House, Tobias Jesso Jr.) in his Los Angeles studio—is a sophisticated and fully immersive listening experience, with Maine’s voice at its center. “I want people to feel dark, beautiful and strong when they hear this new record,” he adds, “I want them to fall in love.”

01. Underwater
02. Braid
03. Be Apart
04. Mood
05. Hour
06. Even the Shadow
07. Pool
08. Glow
09. Car
10. Shaver
11. Shape
12. Security

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