Angelo De Augustine

Angelo De Augustine

ANGELO DE AUGUSTINE ANNOUNCES FOURTH SOLO ALBUM TOIL AND TROUBLE

OUT 30 JUNE ON ASTHMATIC KITTY RECORDS

SHARES CLAYMATION VIDEO FOR LEAD SINGLE ‘ANOTHER UNIVERSE’

Watch the video for ‘Another Universe’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOy95MU2a80

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Acclaimed singer-songwriter¬†Angelo De Augustine¬†today announced his fourth studio album,¬†Toil and Trouble, will be released Friday, 30 June via¬†Asthmatic Kitty Records. The album‚Äôs wonderful, cosmic lead single, ‘Another Universe’, is also out today alongside a fantastical claymation video, written/directed by De Augustine and fabricated/animated by¬†Owen Summers.

Speaking of the track De Augustine says:
“I grew tired of reality and so I decided to make a world of my own. It is a safe world. The kind of place in which only good things happen”

De Augustine‚Äôs first solo effort since 2019‚Äôs breakthrough third album, the¬†Thomas Bartlett-produced¬†Tomb¬†(“blessed with a unique ability to raise something beautiful from wasted ground”¬†8/10 The Line of Best Fit), and follow-up to 2021‚Äôs critically acclaimed collaboration with¬†Sufjan Stevens,¬†A Beginner‚Äôs Mind¬†(“An exceptional album”¬†The Sunday Times ‚ÄėAlbum of the Week‚Äô),¬†Toil and Trouble¬†sees the Southern California artist returning to the self-contained approach of his 2015 debut¬†Spirals of Silence¬†and 2017‚Äôs¬†Swim Inside the Moon. De Augustine spent nearly three years working alone and exploring the vast expanse of his imagination, creating an all-enveloping work that exists according to its own quixotic logic, inhabiting a psychic landscape as sublimely mystifying as a fever dream or fairy tale. He wrote, arranged, recorded, produced, and mixed¬†Toil and Trouble¬†on his own, shaping the album‚Äôs ornately detailed sound by performing on 27 different instruments (including such oddities as a xylophone made of glass, a Mustel celeste and the rare DG-1 Stepp Guitar synthesiser). In the midst of that highly experimental process, he endured an ephemeral but nightmarish period of otherworldly sensations and supernatural visions‚ÄĒan experience that briefly disrupted the album‚Äôs creation but in the end helped to enrich¬†Toil and Trouble‚Äôs immense emotional depth.

“This album came from thinking about the madness of the world right now and how overwhelming that can be”, says De Augustine. “I used a sort of counter-world as a guide to try to gain some understanding of what‚Äôs actually going on here ‚Äď I had to take myself out of reality in order to try to understand reality”.

At turns bewitching, devastating and ineffably lovely, the result is the most visionary work yet from a singular songwriter, revealing his profound capacity to alchemise pain into extraordinary beauty. ‘Another Universe’ follows last autumn‚Äôs stand-alone double singles ‘27‘ and ‘Hologram‘, also recorded, produced, and mixed by De Augustine. In other recent news, ‘Time‘ from¬†Tomb¬†is featured on the recent trailer and soundtrack for¬†Zach Braff’s new film,¬†A Good Person.

Photo credit: Pooneh Ghana

High-res images are available here

Pre-order Toil and Trouble here:
https://angelodeaugustine.bandcamp.com/album/toil-and-trouble

Tracklist:

1. Home Town
2. The Ballad Of Betty and Barney Hill
3. Memory Palace
4. Healing Waters
5. The Painter
6. I Don’t Want To Live, I Don’t Want To Die
7. Another Universe
8. Song Of The Siren
9. Blood Red Thorn
10. Naked Blade
11. D.W.O.M.M.
12. Toil and Trouble