Published Nov 11, 2010Last spring, post-freak folk rockers Akron/Family continued expanding minds, and their catalogue, with the release of Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free. The album was their first release for Dead Oceans, and now the label has revealed that the band will release a new album, S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT, in early 2011.
The press release suggests that the band submitted the album to Dead Oceans in a large cardboard box left on the label's doorstep:
Opening it revealed a sincere, but poorly made, diorama of futurist swirling spaces filled with toy astronauts and dinosaurs, four blown-out song fragments on a TDK CDR in a ziplock bag, three pictures, a tracklist written in crayon, and a typewritten note from Akron/Family. A post-it on the bag declared that the band refused to send the full album to anyone but the vinyl pressing plant, for fear of leaking and possible lost revenues.
While this notion is hard to believe, Dead Oceans has made the "song fragments" available here. In addition to that weird story, we've learned that Akron/Family wrote the new album in a cabin near an active volcano in Hokkaido, Japan. It was then recorded in an abandoned train station in Detroit with Liars/Holy Fuck/Deerhunter producer Chris Koltay. In the press release, Koltay says, "This album will transcend the Internet."
S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT will be released on February 8.
S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT:
1. "Silly Bears"
3. "A AAA O A WAY"
4. "So It Goes"
5. "Another Sky"
6. "Light Emerges"
7. "Cast a Net"
8. "Tatsuya Neon Purple Walkby"
9. "Fuji I (Global Dub)"
10. "Say What You Want To"
11. "Fuji II (Single Pane)"