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DAMON & NAOMI

WITHIN THESE WALLS

20.20.20


Format: CD
Cata No: 20202005CD
Barcode: 600197100622
Format: LP
Cata No: 202020-05
Barcode: 600197100615
*FIRST TIME ON VINYL* Damon & Naomi have always been a bit more ahead of the curve
than is good for them. Galaxie 500 ended before slowcore was a
thing. Their psychedelic duo albums with Kramer came out while
the Elephant 6 collective were still in high school. They toured the
country with an acoustic guitar and Indian harmonium years before
there was a New Weird America to receive them. And they made their
lushest, most analog album before the vinyl revival.
2007’s Within These Walls came out on CD only, and is only now
ten years later being released for the first time on vinyl — the way the
duo intended it to be heard. Conceived as a DIY tribute to the great
“mood” albums of Sinatra’s Capitol years, the album was recorded
with real strings, real horns, real drums, and a very very real electric
guitarist named Michio Kurihara. It’s a chamber record with ebow
and wah-wah, featuring some of the most emotional songs of the duo’s
career.
“Lilac Land” opens the album in a somber mood, which never lets
go. The string section — Helena Espvall, Margaret Wienk, and
Katt Hernandez — underscore Naomi’s dark lyrics and melodies.
The horns — Bhob Rainey, Greg Kelley, and Kyle Bruckmann —
answer with wit and even a bit of joy, but they’ll never win the arguments
here. This album was meant to cast a mood from start to finish,
like Sinatra’s classic In The Wee Small Hours, or No One Cares.
The album closes with two of its best known tracks: “The
Turnaround”, a sweet love song with harmonies; and “Cruel Queen”,
a ballad that draws on Damon & Naomi’s respect and knowledge of
English folk rock. Sung to a traditional tune, Naomi’s crushing tale
of a family gone wrong will keep you guessing till the end, and leave
you watching the needle on the outgroove like Frank staring into his
glass of rye.

Tracks:

1. LILAC LAND
2. THE WELL
3. ON THE AVENUE
4. WITHIN THESE WALLS
5. RED FLOWER
6. DEFIBRILLATION
7. STARS NEVER FADE
8. A SILVER THREAD
9. THE TURNAROUND
10. CRUEL QUEEN

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