Friday, April 4, 2014

Equals premiere song via CMJ from forthcoming album

“The densely layered songs all have their distinctive storyboard of moods and textures, each one a lovely surprise yet all somehow melding together to form a cohesive, cinematic whole.” — My Old Kentucky Blog

“Equals might sound improvised here and there, but this is controlled, carefully arranged stuff.” — Austin American Statesman

Austin art rock quintet Equals share a new song from their forthcoming album today via CMJ. The track, "Glistener" is culled from the band's forthcoming debut album Tracts and is available to listen/share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud link HERE.)

The band previously shared the first track, "Conveyor" leading up to SXSW shows. That is available to listen/share HERE.

Equals' music is dramatic, yet joyous and playful. The songs may sound simple at first, but complexity shines through after careful listening. Every song is meticulously arranged by bassist Alex Guzman, drummer Matt Toman, keyboardist Logan Wexler and guitarists Dylan Storey and Simon McDonald. Each part of every song -- from the angular pulsing rhythms to the crisp, eclectic samples -- has a purpose. The organic elements interweave with the synthetic elements, providing texture and layers that are extremely difficult to pull off live. Click tracks be damned, they fearlessly recreate multi-layered loops and samples, gracefully operating on the bleak notion that one wrong move can end a song in failure. Equals executes flawlessly, with character behind every note.

For Equals' debut full-length album Tracts, they joined producer Alex Bhore (This Will Destroy You) in the studio, recording nine songs, an expansion to their 2011 debut self-titled EP. The songs flow together, providing the soundtrack to a journey that feels forthcoming, unrealized until the final track. Unlike the band's previous EP, the album was recorded in one place at Cacophony Recorders in Austin and mixed at Elmwood Studios in Dallas, giving it a more cohesive sound. Working with Bhore again, their new offering is larger, more energetic, with a unique sonic palette of strings, glockenspiel, piano, analog synthesizers, various percussion instruments, field recordings and even vocals. 

Tracts has a bounty of subtle music treats that the members painstakingly buried beneath solid foundations. All these elements, and various other influences, from R&B to folk music, make up the band's sound, but trying to define Equals' music is like trying to define the five band members as one personality.

Tracts will be available on LP, CD and download on May 6th, 2014. Pre-sale orders can be made via the band's webstore.

04/10  San Antonio, TX @ 502 Bar
04/11  Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room (album release show)
04/12  Corpus Christi, TX @ The NASA

Artist: Equals
Album: Tracts
Label: self-released
Release Date: May 6th, 2014

01. Conveyor (STREAM)
02. Slab Avalanche
03. Glistener (STREAM)
04. Telefoto
05. Autotelic
06. Rattle the Husks
07. Grand Paw
08. Sweat House
09. Reality Always Disappoints

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