We are pleased to announce the release of Alexis Taylor's second solo album and first for Domino, Await Barbarians, on June 10th.
Possessing the same immediacy as his music with Hot Chip and the adventurousness of his work with About Group, there is a special intimacy to the lyrics of Alexis Taylor's Await Barbarians, a simplicity and candour in his expression of emotion, though the moments of honesty are matched with a sense of humour, playfulness and fun.
Playing and recording all the instruments himself apart from strings, Taylor also presents a more reflective side of his writing and singing, which comes into focus in a more confident and defined manner than before. With its brushed cymbal-led quiet and solitude, and its startlingly direct recording approach, the album recalls in places the work of such English luminaries as Mark Hollis and Robert Wyatt. Recalling such recordings is one thing, but the record doesn't sound especially like those. Await Barbarians' soundworld is entirely Taylor's own - at times claustrophobic, synth-led and dry, and at others spacious, warm and homely, it always places Taylor's unique and recognizable vocals up front in the mix, rarely adorned by audible effects.
Await Barbarians is a record whose warm tones draw you in, whose sequencing asks of the listener an uninterrupted session of close listening, and whose sound world reminds us of the pleasures of all that is quiet in music. It is rich in deep insight and profound feeling, a truly significant album by one of the country's most continually arresting musicians.
Await Barbarians will be available on CD, standard LP and Digital. Copies of the LP purchased through Dom Mart or indie retailers will include a bonus 7" featuring the tracks I Hope (a Bobby Charles cover), b/wSong Of Long.
In addition, Taylor will be part of the all-star line-up in ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor,which is a series of performances honouring Nigerian Synth-Funk artists William Onyeabor. The lineup includes David Byrne, Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Luke Jenner, Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), The Lijadu Sisters, Money Mark, Joshua Redman and Sinkane. Check out this special show in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles this May. All dates below.
The track listing for Await Barbarians is as follows:
From The Halfway Line
Without A Crutch (2)
Dolly and Porter
Closer To The Elderly
Elvis Has Left The Building
Where Would I Be?
Am I Not A Soldier?
Without A Crutch (1)
May 2 New York, NY @
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May 6 San Francisco, CA @
May 8 Los Angeles, CA @
Image credit Brian Deran