RIYL: Elliott Smith, Nick Drake, JosĂŠ GonzĂĄlez, Vashti Bunyan
Label: Asthmatic Kitty
It’s time to strip away all the fluff, over-produced, digitized rigmarole and return to the basis of aestheticism in musicianship. Hence we have the second album from Thousand Oaks, California songwriter Angelo De Augustine called “Swim Inside The Moon”.Â Angelo draw a definite influence from Elliott Smith on this album, where as Angelo is even softer in his delivery of the vocals, such as Nick Drake with eclectic melody work to boot. As to the lyrics, he has trouble defining the meaning. âI couldnât tell you,â says Angelo, though it sounds as if he wished he were able to. He sees his songwriting like arising from a lucid dream: âI get into this place, and then I wake up with a song instead of a dream,â says Angelo, âMaybe Iâll know what itâs about later. Or maybe I knew, and Iâve forgotten.â The dreamlike compositions are available to you on ‘first run’ limited edition bone-colored vinyl (to match the cover art) from Asthmatic Kitty. I emailed the publicist about the amount being pressed, so I’ll update that number when/if I get it.
Angelo just dropped the second song from the album, entitled “Crazy, Stoned and Gone.” Sufjan Stevens animated a stop-motion video for the song, featured below.
Here is a snippet of AK’s interesting write-up about how Angelo came up with this album and his recording process.
Swim Inside the Moon is a record by 24-year-old Angelo De Augustine. This second full-length of Angeloâs career captures a sound heâs been looking for since he started playing music a decade ago.
Shortly after the 2015 release of Spirals of Silence, his first record, Angelo toured extensively but caught whooping cough on the last show of the tour. The illness debilitated Angelo for months. He feared he might permanently lose his voice, or if it came back, it wouldnât sound the same.
Unable to sing or sometimes even speak, Angelo instead focused on songwriting. âI wasnât thinking much about making a record,â says Angelo.
This gave Angelo a lot time to focus on songwriting and sound. Although Angelo had previously recorded in studios, he felt like that environment didnât capture the ambience he wanted for his music.
Angeloâs voice did recover, and this time he set-up his equipment by himself, in his home. In his bathtub.
Angeloâs setup was similarly simple: a Shure SM57 microphone next to the wall of the shower and a cable back to an analog reel-to-reel in his nearby bedroom. Heâd hit record, then run quickly to the bathroom with his guitar and sit on the edge of the tub and play and sing. For some songs, he played his motherâs 100-year-old piano in the living room, and on others he added synth and electric guitar. He kept it simple.
Recording the nine songs on Swim Inside the Moon took several months. Because Angelo was using an analog reel-to-reel machine with very little overdubbing, he was always recording live. If something didnât go as planned, heâd start from scratch each time.
Swim Inside the Moon, the second full length from Angelo De Augustine.
Weâre pressing the first run in 'special' limited edition bone-color vinyl to match the cover art,
which includes illustrations from Angelo.
Release date: August 25, 2017
LP includes download card with MP3 and FLAC
Emailed download only includes MP3.
Per John for AK: "Weâll be pressing at IRP. This was mastered by Greg Reierson at Rareform Mastering. Weâll be doing 2,000 worldwide for our first run and those will be in bone-color."
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive