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Box of Chocolates
Fearful Symmetry
Drag City Records
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Release Date
July 31, 2020

Press Release

As the liner notes would have it: “It is a story or record of a group of artistically inclined people who haphazardly found themselves living together and who - toward the end of the arrangement - decided to record the experience in the form of songs written whilst at 140 Plymouth Street in Dumbo.” The credits list some incredible names - Brute Rake, Mickey Hawaii, Wayne Oliphant - and indeed, those names are listed again on the all-new-artwork of this opus. But with the new artwork, and the inclusion of several pieces that weren’t there back then - or even finished back then - this has become a living, growing document of a disorganized and dishevelled film cooperative (is there any other kind?) who dared to trace its name in the sands and has come back to deepen the groove. The artwork’s been flipped about and the tracks have been reordered too, in places. ‘Stigmataphoria’ and ‘The Past Lives of Clarence Thomas’, which include much of the spirit and some of the bonafides of the initial set of songs, have been inserted for the benefit of all. And the names of the songs’ writers, singers and players, including Michael Howe, Will Oldham, Arnie Wobble (of early Phish-lore), Tony Award-winner Michael Chorney, sound artist and ethnographer Rob Millis and others whose names we shall not speak - appear also for the first time. Along with a plethora of retrospective notes. As this cast of dozens loft-crashed their way toward a collectively-unknown future, these songs and visions were scrapped together - a loose assemblage of middle-period indie rock, roots-rock pastiche, punk brio and cinema-fed abstractions, as a suggested soundtrack for the party of your choice.

Press Release

  1. Catatonic 00:57
  2. Emperor’s Clothes 04:59
  3. Garbage Barge 00:46
  4. The Writhe 04:20
  5. Shadow Of the Rat 01:46
  6. Mother’s Heart 01:30
  7. Stigmataphoria 05:04
  8. Perdido 02:48
  9. Good Side 03:15
  10. The Ephant 02:12
  11. Happiness 04:58
  12. The Past Lives of Clarence Thomas 02:12
  13. The King 01:00
  14. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Nightmare 07:40
  15. Everyone’s A Loverod 03:12

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