RIYL: Sufjan Stevens, Elliott Smith

Label: Asthmatic Kitty

If you haven’t heard of Angelo De Augustine yet, you are definitely missing out! After signing to Asthmatic Kitty (Sufjan Steven’s label), he put out two full length albums packed with songs composed of excellent lyrics, melodies and beautiful guitar & piano compositions. His music always pulls hard on your soul and you can feel his emotions through his music. Historically, he puts out a leading 7″ before a new full length album and here we have “Blue”, which includes the song itself, and “Santa Barbara”, a single that was released about 6 months ago and it is truly a masterpiece. Each song is perfectly crafted with Sufjan on multiple instruments & backing vocals as well as having a hand in the engineering process. Check out this little quote and give it a purchase if you’d like.

These two new singles showcase the stunning evolution of De Augustine’s already auspicious catalog hinted at on ‘Tomb’ (which now counts The 1975’s Matty Healy and Taylor Swift amongst its admirers). They also mark Angelo and Sufjan’s first official studio collaboration.

“All my life has been a surprise,” De Augustine sings over a lonely Guilele arpeggio that builds into a gentle wave of acoustic arrangements. By the song’s chorus, De Augustine’s multi-layered voice keeps his own company in a time of uncertainty: “Oh my love I’m lost again / though I try when will I win?” With love remaining a constant source of assurance (“All this life has been a disguise / except for the hand in mine”), “Santa Barbara” becomes a prayer of hope and love for those that are listening in their own loneliness.

The Details

Limited Edition water-bottle-blue 7-inch.
shipping out on or around January 15, 2021
edition of 500

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Price $9

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