Kurt Vile’s Smoke Ring for My Halo and Walkin’ On A Pretty Daze, the Dinosaur Jr. reunion records and Phosphorescent’s breakthrough record Muchacho.
Los Angeles dream rockers Alyeska has announced their debut EP Crush which will be released independently on March 3rd. Stereogum has premiered the dreamy first single, “Tilt-A-Whirl,” a wall of sound ode to singer-songwriter Alaska Reid’s local fair and it’s carnies.
Reid tells Stereogum, “‘Tilt-A-Whirl’ is an ode to the small county fair in my town. My friends and I would look forward to going every year, we’d see boys we had crushes on, and scream about the creepy carnies or the way your feet turned black with dirt in your yellow flip flops. We would giggle uncomfortably at the porno posters the carnies hung in their booths and the rotting state of their teeth. And then there were the rides – The Zipper, The Hurricane and my favorite, the Tilt-A-Whirl. The dirt in the midway was pocked with pools of vomit and discarded glow sticks and the carnies would spray you with giant squirt guns, trying to lure you into playing their game…. It was sort of a running joke, that it was your “coming of age” if you got squirted in the chest by the carnies. I just wanted to convey the sparkle and the excitement of when I was young against the neon glow of the county fair as well as the grit and the darkness lurking around the edges”
Crush was the last record to be recorded at the legendary New York recording studio The Magic Shop which closed its doors last year after being pushed out of its home by rising rents in the area.
David Bowie’s Blackstar, Arcade Fires The Suburbs, Sonic Youth’s Dirty and countless other records from Norah Jones, Coldplay and the Foo Fighters were all recorded at the Magic Shop.
The EP was produced by legendary producer John Agnello who has produced and recorded some of the most stand out indie rock records in the past 20 years including
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