RIYL: Mister Heavenly, Modest Mouse, Wolf Parade, Dr. Dog
Label: Sub Pop
7 years Man Man has been wandering the wilderness quietly brooding, looming about and contemplating their return, until finally Sub Pop swooped them up for their Newest album, Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between.Â Sub Pop gives a quality write up so I’m going to take the back seat and let it and the single do the talking. Grab this on Pink/White swirl, which is also currently available at Rough Trade UK and Man Man’s bandcamp.
Here is a snippet of the Sub Pop write up.
Honus Honus (aka Ryan Kattner) has devoted his career to exploring the uncertainty between lifeâ€™s extremes: beauty and ugliness, order and chaos. The songs on Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between, Man Manâ€™s first album in over six years and his Sub Pop debut, are as intimate, soulful, and timeless as they are audaciously inventive and daring.
The 17-track effort, featuring â€śCloud Nein,â€ť â€śFuture Peg,â€ť â€śOn the Mendâ€ť â€śSheela,â€ť and â€śAnimal Attraction,â€ť was produced by Cyrus Ghahremani, mixed by S. Husky HĂ¶skulds (Norah Jones, Tom Waits, Mike Patton, Solomon Burke, Bettye LaVette, Allen Toussaint), and mastered by Dave Cooley (Blood Orange, M83, DIIV, Paramore, Snail Mail, clipping). Dream Huntingâ€¦also includes guest vocals from Steady Holidayâ€™s Dre Babinski on â€śFuture Pegâ€ť and â€śIf Only,â€ť and Rebecca Black (singer of the viral pop hit, â€śFridayâ€ť) on â€śOn The Mendâ€ť and â€śLonely Beuys.â€ť The album follows the release of â€śBeachedâ€ť and â€śWitch,â€ś Man Manâ€™s contributions to Vol. 4 of the Sub Pop Singles Club in 2019.
â€śI started Man Man because I saw Holy Mountain when I was 22. It blew my mind. I had never been in a band or played music before, but I knew I needed to make songs that sounded like that movie felt,â€ť he says. â€śWhen I was hunkering down to write, there was a lot of self-doubt, fighting the urge to throw in the towel. It was unavoidable but I had to dive headlong into these fears and twist them into something that wasnâ€™t dominated by them. Iâ€™m not gonna lie, it fucking sucked, but it definitely forced the best album of my career out of me. Sometimes you have to tear it all down to build it back up the right way.â€ť
Loser Edition is pressed on white with pink swirl-colored vinyl.
Out May 1, 2020.
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive