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Star Party + Mikey Young LP preorders, Qlowski + Smirk US tour dates!
Friends, welcome to the first newsletter of 2022! We're ready to jump back into new releases, beginning with the debut LP from Seattle's Star Party. We'll also have exclusive US copies of the new Mikey Young LP on Lulu's Sonic Disc Club. Preorders for both are up now. Our friends in Qlowski are coming over for a short run of US dates in March, and Smirk are back on the road as well. More on all of this below!
Star Party - Meadow Flower LP
Listen / preorder here. Release date: March 12 - preorders expected to ship early March.
A co-release with London's Tough Love Records. If you're outside of North America, order from TL!
Star Party began in March 2020 as a Seattle living room project between Carolyn Brennan and Ian Corrigan (Gen Pop, Vexx) - both sharing a love of high energy rock n roll music. The idea to start a band percolated during trips to the high deserts of eastern Washington to pick sage and see the sun as a brief reprieve from the misty and gray Pacific Northwestern Spring. A few months later, Star Party released Demo 2020 on Feel It Records, featuring two originals and covers of The Shop Assistants' "Something to Do" and the classic "All I Really Wanna Do" (in the vein of Cher's version).
Over the course of 2021, Star Party wrote and recorded their debut LP, Meadow Flower, wherever and whenever they could. Employing like-minded Feel It label mate Caufield Schnug of Sweeping Promises (who also moonlights as one part of Melody Men Mastering) to mix and master the album, Meadow Flower follows a direct line from where Demo 2020 left off. Brennan's soft and clearly American vocals float over waves of feedback and drum machine racket like a delicate mist sitting just above a mountain lake. Melodies bob and weave inside an omnipresent static that fills in every nook and cranny of the recording. Drawing from a quiver of influences such as Black Tambourine, Confuse (JP), The Count Five, and of course The Shop Assistants (RIP Alex Taylor), Star Party's debut album seamlessly meshes together noise, melody, and harmony.
Star Party - Push You Aside (Official Music Video) Animated/edited by Casey Hanson.
Mikey Young - Curtains LP
Preorder: allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Order here. 40 copies on BLUE vinyl available exclusively through Feel It. Listen here.
From our friends at Lulu's Sonic Disc Club in Melbourne, Australia! Vinyl pressing of the tape originally released on Altered States in 2020. "This meeting of Sun Ra’s magnificent Arkestra, Eddy’s invisible current, and Klaus Schulze’s tangerine flavoured dream is a rich addition to the tapestry of which Mikey Young is an important part."
Qlowski - US dates in March!
London's Qlowski are coming over for a short run of East coast gigs + SXSW. We're doing up a nice cassette version of their Quale Futuro? album that will be available at these gigs!
Mar 9 - New Colossus Festival NYC Mar 10 - Foto Club Philly w/ Lacquer, T.V.O., Scoleri Bros Mar 11 - Slash/Run DC Mar 12 - Fuzzy Cactus Richmond w/ Spacemere, L'amour Mar 13 - Joe Squared Baltimore w/ Cold Feet, Turd Merlin Mar 15-20 SXSW Austin
Smirk - back on tour!
Smirk are back on the road with Surfbort again, catch 'em if ya can. New Smirk albm in the works for late 2022!