Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Portland dark pop group Southerly announces 12th anniversary 7" single, video, career-spanning playlist and hometown show

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Portland, OR's dark-pop greats Southerly celebrate the band's 12th anniversary this week with a special limited edition 7" single, free download, new music video, career-spanning playlist and rare hometown show. Whew! That's a lot. Here it is in slow motion:
  • Pre-orders for the short-run lathe cut 7" single "Desolation Low" on the People In A Position To Know label begin today,  HERE
  • Southerly additionally shares a career-spanning playlist of 13 songs culled from the band's various releases since 2003.  Stream/share playlist HERE.
  • Fans in the Pacific Northwest also can join the celebration in Portland on March 6th for the band's 12th anniversary show at Backspace. Tickets and more information HERE

Southerly is the nom-de-tune of Krist Krueger, whose previous release was the lush, layered third album titled Youth (Greyday Records) in late 2011. Krueger's mastery of infectious melody, ominous drone, sparing song structure and astute lyricism earned considerable praise. Krueger's 3 separate "Song-A-Week" series releases Youth Sessions (10 weeks), OPB Sessions (hosted by Oregon Public Broadcasting - 22 weeks) and Storyteller Sessions (10 weeks) showcase the band's prolific talents.  

Southerly's 2010 release, the Champion Of The Noisy Negativists EP (Self Group) was a swooning, eerie, beautiful, morose and uplifting soundscape that was a largely instrumental affair, using vocals as additional layers rather than the music's guide. It took bold steps beyond the lush, orchestral pop of Southerly's critically praised 2007 debut on Portland, OR based Greyday Records, Storyteller and the Gossip Columnist. That album was hailed for its full orchestra and horn arrangements bolstering Krueger's intimate singing style, consistently earning near-perfect marks from critics. Southerly began in 2003 as a solitary DIY effort written and recorded by Krueger himself, who is also a seasoned recording engineer, label manager and professional booking agent. His 2004 debut album, Best Dressed and Expressionless was recorded on an Otari four track reel to reel, with songs referencing three and a half years of full time touring, couch surfing and living in his van. Champion Of The Noisy Negativists was reissued for full national release in June 2011 on Greyday Records. 

03/06  Portland, OR @ Backspace (all ages)

Artist: Southerly
Album: "Desolation Low" (single)
Label: Self Group / PIAPTK Records
Release Date: February 19th, 2013

01. "Desolation Low" (MP3) (VIDEO)

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