ANGELO DE AUGUSTINE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM SWIM INSIDE THE MOON
SHARES NEW TRACK ‘CRAZY, STONED, & GONE’ ALONG WITH VIDEO – DRAWN BY ANGELO & ANIMATED BY SUFJAN STEVENS
SWIM INSIDE THE MOON OUT 18 AUGUST 2017 VIA ASTHMATIC KITTY
“An assured stride into what’s sure to be a gleaming future”
The Line of Best Fit ‘Song of the Day’
“The sublime sound of a musician who’s spent ten years perfecting his craft”
“De Augustine’s whispering voice and distinctive falsetto constantly feels on the verge to break, but its emotional charge stays full and strong”
Watch the video for ‘Crazy, Stoned, & Gone’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IB1b2jvMkdA
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24-year-old Californian Angelo De Augustine, having recently signed to Sufjan Steven’s Asthmatic Kitty label, has today announced his second album and Asthmatic Kitty debut Swim Inside The Moon, which will be released on 18 August (US – 25 August). To celebrate the announcement he has also shared a new track, ‘Crazy, Stoned, & Gone’ alongside a video of his own drawings, animated by Sufjan himself.
The video follows on from the previously shared A and B-sides ‘Truly Gone’ and ‘Magical’ (ltd edition 7” available here).
Angelo has been playing music and honing his own, very specific sound for a decade but music has been a part of his life since day one. His main influence comes from his mother, a singer, and very little else. “Because my mom’s career was singing, she would never listen to music when she wasn’t working,” Angelo explains. “I did not grow up hearing albums because she didn’t want to hear anything else that day. The music that I did hear the most were her songs that she wrote at home.”
This limited scope meant that Angelo was free to discover music almost entirely independently of any outside influence, a task that’s taken a long time and had no shortage of speed-bumps. After the 2015 release his debut, Spirals of Silence, Angelo toured extensively but caught whooping cough on the last show of the tour. The illness debilitated Angelo for months. He feared he might permanently lose his voice, or if it came back, it wouldn’t sound the same. Unable to sing or sometimes even speak, Angelo instead focused on songwriting and capturing the texture and sound he had original sought, never really thinking about making a record but rather about his craft as a whole.
During this time Angelo realised that the studio environment would never capture the ambience he wanted for his music. When his voice eventually did recover, and recover it did, he set-up his equipment by himself, in his home. In his bathtub.
Angelo’s setup was simple: a Shure SM57 microphone next to the wall of the shower and a cable back to an analogue reel-to-reel in his nearby bedroom. He’d hit record, then run quickly to the bathroom with his guitar and sit on the edge of the tub and play and sing. For some songs, he played his mother’s 100-year-old piano in the living room, and on others he added synth and electric guitar. He kept it simple.
Angelo’s time spent honing his craft also afforded him a newfound patience when it eventually came to recording the nine songs on Swim Inside the Moon and the process took several months. Because he was using an analogue reel-to-reel machine with very little overdubbing, he was always recording live. If something didn’t go as planned, he’d start from scratch each time. Some of the songs took only a few takes. But others took weeks; if a song wasn’t working on a particular day, Angelo would return to it the next day. Sometimes there were other interruptions: “Occasionally my dogs would bark on a really good take,” says Angelo. Other times he kept recording anyway. “You might be able to hear them in the background,” he says.
The reverb, analogue as it is, gives Angelo’s music a strong sense of place: this music existed as a soundwave that bounced off walls in Angelo’s bathroom, and then travelled over wires to the listener. The reverb amplifies Angelo’s songwriting, echoing a sense of heartache, loss, but also of joy and hope, and the comfort of home. He had found what he was looking for, “A sound behind the voice,”. He says, “I noticed that when you sing off a reflective surface you hear two voices. One is the representation of yourself and the other is similar to a shadow that follows the sound. I was compelled to isolate that voice and bring it more to the front of the songs because in many ways I feel more connected to and comforted by that voice following me.”
Swim Inside the Moon is an assured and magical collection of songs that will reach far beyond their humble origins. It contains much the same unexpected warmth and simplicity as Joanna Newsom’s The Milk Eyed Mender and Jose Gonzalez’ Veneer. A sound that took almost half his life to discover, found on his own terms; be it hitting the road to play shows, to the point of losing his voice, or the countless times he’d hit play on a recovered reel-to-reel tape machine only to have to restart the next day.
The meaning behind Angelo’s songs comes from a similarly dreamy, magical place, “I get into this place, and then I wake up with a song instead of a dream,” says Angelo, “Maybe I’ll know what it’s about later. Or maybe I knew, and I’ve forgotten.”
Pre-order Swim Inside The Moon here.
1. Truly Gone
3. More Than You Thought To Use
4. Crazy, Stoned, and Gone
6. On My Way Home
7. I’ll Wait For The Others
8. Dreaming of The Moon
9. I Hope That All Of Your Dreams Come True