Listening to the first track off of this record had me imagining an array of phantasmagorical imagery. A fantasy land is set amid the bright, vividly rich sounds that these five individuals present in the available tracks from this full-length release.

This electronic, indie rock/pop quintet from Austin, TX definitely has a knack for a catchy track. Especially with the album’s S/T track, Strange Figurines. In an interview with Rolling Stone… “Recently, a close friend of mine told me he wanted advice.  He had fallen in love with a girl who lived with her boyfriend,” Scott Butler tells Rolling Stone. “She gave him every indication that she wanted to leave her boyfriend and be with him [but] she never outright said, ‘I want you, not him.’ He wondered whether he should risk their friendship by telling her how he felt.  He never did. I wrote this song for him.”

You’ll find 3 of the 10 tracks available down below!!

The Details

Pre-Order: The Black and White Years - Strange Figurines Vinyl + Download


In stores January 21, 2014.

Since 2006 — when Scott Butler, Landon Thompson and John Aldridge formed The Black & White Years — their sifter has been shaking beyond the status quo. They’ve released two albums and one EP. Topped radio charts. Shifted directions. Nearly broken up. Added members. Won awards. And now, seven years post, what’s left at the bottom of the sieve are the undeniably solid pieces of a band arriving at a capstone.

Strange Figurines is that stone. It is the unalloyed chunk that endured best and worst times, youthful decisions, egos, changes, collaborations and maturity, to become an album embodying not just style or substance. But a perfectly mixed cocktail of them both.

Strange Figurines was produced by Danny Reisch (What Made Milwaukee Famous, Dana Falconberry, Okkervil River, Shearwater and White Denim).

Strange Figurines
01. Embraces
02. Little One
03. We're Making Friends
04. Just Like Old Times
05. Strange Figurines
06. Newlyweds
07. Cities
08. Insomnia
09. Trigger Finger
10. Matching Sweaters

The Black and White Years

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