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DAMON & NAOMI

FORTUNE

20.20.20


Format: LP
Cata No: 20202015
Barcode: 600197101612
Format: CD
Cata No: 20202015CD
Barcode: 600197101629
“Grey day celebration music for meshed afternoons; eleven strums and songs
to savor as you wander till spring. Did Damon & Naomi dream them? Did I?
Will you?” —Andy Zax
People talk about Damon & Naomi as if they’re the raw infrastructure that
remained after Galaxie 500 fell apart, a steel skeleton stubbornly standing
after an earthquake. But when the pair began a new project, they weren’t
adjusting so much as starting from scratch. By the time they released More
Sad Hits, they had grown enough as musicians and songwriters that they
didn’t need to lean on stark sincerity and reverb-drenched emoting. Instead,
they reigned in their sound, favoring acoustic over electric, building more
complex and specific textures, and exploring smaller sonic spaces. If Galaxie
500 was ahead of its time, Damon & Naomi are prescient in their own
way, firmly rooted in the early ’90s but hinting at things to come. The project
provided a necessary platform for the pair to focus, hone and build on the
groundwork that they laid for themselves, peeling away layers to reveal a shy
closeness that Galaxie 500 never could.
The pair’s latest project, Fortune, is an LP released in tandem with Naomi
Yang’s video piece of the same name. She refers to the work as “a silent
movie,” though the visuals are so bound up in the music (and vice versa) that
it’s more of a long-form music video, a visual poem set to the metronome of
a textural score. She conceived of the piece to explore conflicting feelings
surrounding her father’s recent passing; Yang was suddenly burdened with a
massive archive of his artistic work (her father was a photographer), as well
as the ongoing aftermath of flawed parenting. Her use of the term “fortune,”
then, is tinged with sardonicism but also with nostalgia—portraits from the
1940s and ’50s painted by protagonist Norman von Holtzendorff’s father
(also recently deceased, and who also left his archive in Norman’s hands) feature
prominently. An ongoing tarot card motif ties in another facet of the suddenly
slippery term “fortune,” using Damon & Naomi’s now familiar brand
of close, acoustic warmth to explore the past’s bearing on the future: “I want
to be over / To touch and be gone / Forget this amnesia.”
Fortune—as a film or an album—is itself an expressive portrait, but
doesn’t adhere to any obvious narrative; rather, it’s a comfortable space that
the viewer can move in and out of, dreamlike and immersive. The eleven
new songs don’t require visual accompaniment—Damon & Naomi have constructed
the sequence to communicate through sound alone—but at upcoming
performances the duo will be presenting them live as a soundtrack to
Yang’s “silent” film.

Tracks:

1. The Seeker
2. Amnesia
3. It?s Over
4. Reflections
5. A Shining Dream
6. Shadows
7. Towards Tomorrow
8. Sky Memories
9. Hurt House
10. The North Light
11. Time Won?t Own Me

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