Steal This Track: Light Travels Faster and TjutjunaBy | August 10th, 2010 | 1 Comment »
Here we are again. It’s Tuesday and time for another installment of Steal This Track, your weekly opportunity to pilfer prime Mile High music with neither guilt nor a BitTorrent client. Not only do we offer some of the best Colorado music downloads for free, but this is often the first place you’ll hear the latest from your favorite (or soon-to-be-favorite) local acts.
This week, we have recently- released tracks from ’90s throwbacks Light Travels Faster and heavy psychedelic noise noodlers Tjutjuna.
Though Light Travels Faster has been knocking around Denver for years, the trio is only now on the verge of releasing its first full-length recording. On the heels of two EPs, frontman and guitarist Christopher Rigel, bassist Todd Spriggs and drummer Kyle Fuller recorded “The Ghost Album” themselves at Spriggs’s house. “Then we barricaded Rigel upstairs and didn’t let him out until he was done mixing,” jokes Spriggs.
“The Ghost Album” compiles 11 tracks of melodic rock that will please fans of ’90s trailblazers like Unwound, Versus and Pavement, who blended Sonic Youth’s noisy experimentation and Brian Wilson’s blissfully melancholy pop to create the soundtrack of slackerdom. Like those artists, Light Travels Faster takes great pains to sound messy, while secretly purveying well-crafted, tightly arranged pop gems.
If you caught the outfit’s set at The UMS this year, you might’ve grabbed a free download card for the album. If you didn’t, a quick visit to the band’s website will get you all 11 tracks. If you’re not sure about dedicating all that hard drive space to Light Travels Faster just yet, we recommend stealing “I Had Another Dream Last Night That You Were a Ghost” — if for no other reason than its rare correct usage of the subjunctive.
Light Travels Faster | I Had Another Dream Last Night That You Were a Ghost (right click to save to your computer)
Catch Light Travels Faster at the brand-spanking-new Rockaway Tavern on Aug. 21 as they reveal and give away the new Anna Vigoda-produced video for “The Experiment,” another of the album’s standout tracks. The Buckingham Squares and the Blackouts open. With that rocktastic lineup, I wouldn’t be surprised if the fresh paint peeled right off the walls.
And if the paint peels, expect Tjutjuna — formed from the ashes of Mothership — to be the first ones to huff it. The group’s psychedelic, instrumental rock jams reside firmly in the space rock category, but also venture off into noisy hinterlands seldom explored by the genre’s more timid keepers. The resulting cannabis-clouded concoction has drawn attention from noteworthy publications like the FADER, FensePost and Altered Zones.
Drummer James Barone (formerly of Moccasin, and former touring drummer for Dressy Bessy), guitarist Brian Marcus (of Widowers), noisemaker Adam Shaffner and bass monster Robert Ballantyne recorded the self-titled long-player with Eston Lathrop of Woodsman. Then Barone and Marcus fiddled with it to arrive at the sound the was revealed on the band’s blog back in May.
The album — a delightfully disorienting collection of slow-building, calming-yet-chaotic compositions — will finally see an official 180-gram vinyl release via Woodsman’s label, Fire Talk, on Sept. 28. After you steal “Mosquito Hawk,” you’ll probably want to rush right over to the website to pre-order it. Only 500 copies were pressed, so hurry!
Tjutjuna | Mosquito Hawk (right click to save to your computer)
Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.
If you’re a band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks to Eryc Eyl for consideration.
Eryc Eyl is a veteran music journalist, critic and Colorado native who has been neck-deep in local music for many years. Check out Steal This Track every Tuesday for local music you can HEAR, and the Mile High Makeout every Friday. Against his mother’s advice, Eryc has also been known to tweet. You can also follow Steal This Track on Twitter. Sorry, Mom.