November sees two debut releases from contemporary American bands Figure Study (NY) and Max+Mara (SF)
A3 Bad Side
Dark Entries is proud to present the debut album by Figure Study, a contemporary band from New York. Figure Study is the Manhattan-based duo of Nathan Antolik and April Chalpara. They formed in 2009, after meeting through the Wierd Records weekly party, where they would play their first concert soon after. While their debut 7″ contained two songs recorded in 2009, this full length contains all new material recorded throughout the past year.
For their debut self-titled album, Figure Study utilizes a carefully tailored set up of vintage analog synthesizers and drum machines. Figure Study creates a lush sound where haunting vocals echo over dark melodies that reflect an isolated and disintegrating world. Songs flux between dissonant dance numbers and more sparse, somber compositions, each carrying a sense of urgency and modernism. Figure Study’s sound includes influences from such early underground artists as Kirlian Camera, Nine Circles, and The Actor.
The album was recorded in their small Chinatown studio using a sparse set-up of analog synthesizers, drum machines and sequencers. It was mixed at The Wave Lab in Brooklyn by AJ Tissian and mastered for vinyl at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley by George Horn. Each LP is packaged in a specially designed jacket and includes an insert with lyrics. Figure Study draw their own model using shapes and forms from the synthetic landscape.
A2 No One
A3 Another Cop
A4 Rest In War
B3 Concrete Lines
Dark Entires is excited to introduce the debut album “Less Ness” from contemporary Bay Area duo, Max and Mara. Their collaboration began in 2012. Max is based in Oakland and has been a part of various projects most notably Brotman and Short and his current solo work as Business Etiquette. Mara is based in San Francisco and is known for her solo work as Group Rhoda.
On “Less Ness” they worked with a hardware set up: 808 and Elektron drum machine, Moog, MAM, and Sequential Circuits synth with splashes of Mono/Poly and collage elements, vocoder lines and dubbed out vocals. They step away from the the computer as much as possible and prefer that their ideas can be traced back to the tools so that a sense of physicality remains. They find inspiration from all kinds of far out sounds, most notably dub, industrial, and various drug culture tangents. Lyrically the songs revolve around topics such as escapism, looking though cultural windows, and character role development. Some songs are a bit more surrealist in content with elements of hard realism and critical commentary.
All songs have been mastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. Each LP is housed in a jacket featuring a painting by Shana Why. Prepare to turn your gaze to the things in front of you and away from screen generated culture and its mimicry of social participation.
WE HAVE 2 PARTIES THIS WEEKEND IN LOS ANGELES
1. Minimal Man – Little Skeletons – Subterranean
2. Cocteau Twins – Wax And Wane – 4AD
3. Siouxsie & The Banshees – Tattoo – Polydor
4. Psyche – Krieg – Artoffact
5. Skinny Puppy – Monster Radio Man – Nettwerk
6. Victrola – Maritime Tatami – Electric Eye
7. Sumerian Fleet – Just Pressure – Creme Organization
8. Le Travo – Heyday – Dark Entries
9. Ministry – Revenge – Arista
10. Tones On Tail – Performance – Beggars Banquet
11. Figure Study – Window – Dark Entries
12. Gene Loves Jezebel – Shaving My Neck – Situation Two
13. Danse Society – Danse/Move – Society
14. Anne Clark – Our Darkness –
15. A Split-Second – Flesh – Antler-Subway
16. The Cure – One Hundred Years (Studio Demo) – Rhino
17. Linea Aspera – Malarone – Dark Entries
18. Clan Of Xymox – Muscoviet Musquito – 4AD
19. Alien Sex Fiend – Now I’m Feeling Zombiefied – Anagram
20. X-Mal Deutschlan – Incubus Succubus II – 4AD
21. Bauhaus – Dark Entries – Axis
22. Patrick Cowley – Primordial Landscape – Dark Entries