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 lifeâs extremes: beauty and ugliness, order and chaos. The songs on Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between, Man Manâs 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 âCloud Nein,â âFuture Peg,â âOn the Mendâ âSheela,â and âAnimal Attraction,â 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 HuntingâŠalso includes guest vocals from Steady Holidayâs Dre Babinski on âFuture Pegâ and âIf Only,â and Rebecca Black (singer of the viral pop hit, âFridayâ) on âOn The Mendâ and âLonely Beuys.â The album follows the release of âBeachedâ and âWitch,â Man Manâs contributions to Vol. 4 of the Sub Pop Singles Club in 2019.
âI 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 he says. âWhen 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 wasnât dominated by them. Iâm 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
Loser Edition is pressed on white with pink swirl-colored vinyl.
Out May 1, 2020.
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive