New self-titled Astral Swans album out now!

We are very happy to release the new self-titled Astral Swans album today!

This self-titled record is Swann’s most upbeat, catchy & immediate album to date. Each song operates as an absurdist short story filled with Swann’s wry observations of the sad beauty of mundane moments. The songs range from affirmations of joy amidst dread, composed in the streets of Shimokitazawa Tokyo (The Wind In A Mindless Universe), to ballads of disoriented uncertainty set against the backdrop of early quarantine (Spiral). Songs about birds heckling the anxious and heartbroken in Vondelpark Amsterdam (Bird Songs), to a cover of the Cat Power classic Cross Bones Style, sung as a duet with Julie Doiron (Eric’s Trip, Mount Eerie). The album closer I Was Awake For Awhile is an interrogation of somebody who is trying to piece together the events that transpired over many days of, well…being awake.

PRESS
De Subjectivisten: “the strong, sometimes timeless songs of Astral Swans manage to take you completely out of reality, something that is very welcome in these troubled times”
WoNo Magazine: “a gem of an album that is certainly a contender for the best of 2021 list”
Here Comes The Flood: “a carefully balanced set of songs, a tapestry whereupon optimism (Beautiful Things Will Happen) and pessimism (End Of The World) are playing catch” 

Astral Swans – Spiral

Wow. Another new Astral Swans track from his forthcoming self-titled album. And another single featuring Julie Doiron’s vocals. This is the opening track of the new album and a perfect showcase of why you need this record in your life. Coming October 8th, stay tuned and pamper yourself with sound.

Onafhankelijke Labelmarkt 2021

This Sunday it’s time again for the annual Onafhankelijke Labelmarkt! We’re very excited, because this is one of those events where the love for music and physical releases is almost tangible. So many good labels with beautiful releases are present here, it’d be hard to choose where to spend your money on. We’ll be there among our friends of Snowstar, Ducktape, Moving Furniture, Katzwijm, Subroutine, Coaster and everybody else of course. Amazing & surreal to see everybody again, after 12 months… This Sunday, 12h-18h, free, Tolhuistuin Amsterdam. See you there!

Event: Onafhankelijke Label Markt 2021

The World of Dust – True Sound (out now)

True Sound by The World of Dust is out today! For his 6th record, the experimental folk artist from Bilthoven once again teamed up with GBV associate Todd Tobias. Tobias provided an upbeat yet dreamy backdrop to Breuer’s lyrics – this time resulting in a concept album about his grandparents. Now available on CD and all streaming services.

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3tuVlt6
Apple Music: https://apple.co/3zYH0YH
Bandcamp: https://bit.ly/3z4mGnu

The press has been loving it so far:
De Subjectivisten: “a compelling, impressive and most wondrously beautiful gem and tribute”
3voor12/Utrecht: “magnificent!”
Proglog Afterglow: “intriguing and honest”
Here Comes The Flood: “accessible underground music that will be embraced by anyone who is serious about music and has had his share of loss and love”

In some ways a concept album, True Sound charts a very personal exploration of the life and death of Stefan Breuer’s grandparents. The unique overarching narrative that plays out with each song, and the warmth of the delivery, unites the album into a moving and consistent whole. As with The World of Dust’s acclaimed previous album, Samsara, the instrumental elements on True Sound were created by Todd Tobias, who sent them to Breuer to write and sing the lyrics. Tobias’s wonderfully melodic compositions call to mind his work with Robert Pollard, creating a haunting marriage when combined with Breuer’s pure vocal tones, reminiscent of The White Birch’s Ola Flottum. 
 
The mesmerising, drumless opening track ‘Sailing’ introduces Breuer’s grandfather, Jan (whose personal effects are on display in the Museum of Vlaardingen), over insistent, metallic guitar and burbling modulation. First single ‘Goodbye’ has a charming, wistful sway and gorgeous vocal harmonies, which belie its sobering story of Jan’s battle with cancer. Jan’s first wife, who passed away during childbirth, is commemorated on ‘Petronella’s Death’, with its elegant, descending guitar figures. And Breuer’s grandmother is touchingly memorialised on the elegant tempo shift and eerie arpeggios of ‘Nel’s Passing’. Ultimately, True Sound is testament to the liberation that comes from letting go.

Headphone Garbage podcast

Listen to the new music podcast Headphone Garbage now! Cool new tracks, great hosts, and on this episode 1 an interview with Tiny Room Records label boss Stefan Breuer. In the section Unsung Heroes (part 12) you will hear Stefan talk about keeping it small, focused and honest.

Pre-order True Sound now

Pre-order True Sound

We are proud to announce the release of True Sound, the new album by Dutch experimental folk songwriter The World of Dust. True Sound will be released on September 10th by Tiny Room Records, Stereo Dasein and Hidden Shoal, on CD and digital formats. Pre-order True Sound now on Bandcamp (with a small, free, unique collage with every order):
https://tinyroomrecords.bandcamp.com/album/true-sound

Like the highly acclaimed predecessor Samsara from 2019, True Sound is once again a collaboration between vocalist Stefan Breuer and musician Todd Tobias (Guided by Voices, Robert Pollard, Circus Devils). This time, the narrative of the album follows the life and death of Stefan’s grandparents. Musically, it’s slightly more upbeat, but definitely still ‘out there’, floating in the atmosphere, highlighting the magical combination of the duo. Pre-order True Sound now and find out for yourself.

New single by Astral Swans: Flood (feat. Julie Doiron)

Big news! The new self-titled Astral Swans album comes out on Tiny Room Records and Major Tom Records on October 8th. First single Flood is out now, and it features Julie Doiron (Eric’s Trip, Mount Eerie) on backing vocals!

Astral Swans’ songwriter Matthew Swann about the single: “Flood is a song that has some sway. It was one of the earliest songs completed for the record. The objective was to create an upbeat, danceable pop song, that’s slightly sinister. The song has a lot of space and throwback production nods; think Scott Walker, meets Linda Ronstadt, meets Air (saxophone, mellotron strings, bass triplets). Julie’s background vocals then take everything to a higher plane. So musically we have all that going on, and then lyrically it’s from the perspective of this Dostoyevskian underground man, antisocial personality type, who’s literally dreaming about being the last man on earth, alone with the object of his desires. The music is all glamour, contrasted against the unglamourous lyrics about the delusions of a 4chan incel.”

New single by The World of Dust: Goodbye

Tiny Room Records and Hidden Shoal are excited to announce the first single from True Sound, the new album by The World of Dust, the musical project of Stefan Breuer, featuring Todd Tobias (Guided by Voices, Robert Pollard, Circus Devils). The single is available to stream on SoundCloud and the album will see release on the 10th of September 2021 through Tiny Room Records, Stereo Dasein and Hidden Shoal. Listen to ‘Goodbye’ here:

In some ways a concept album, True Sound charts a very personal exploration of the life and death of Stefan Breuer’s grandparents. The unique overarching narrative that plays out with each song, and the warmth of the delivery, unites the album into a moving and consistent whole. As with The World of Dust’s acclaimed previous album, Samsara, the instrumental elements on True Sound were created by Todd Tobias, who sent them to Breuer to write and sing the lyrics. Tobias’s wonderfully melodic compositions call to mind his work with Robert Pollard, creating a haunting marriage when combined with Breuer’s pure vocal tones, reminiscent of The White Birch’s Ola Flottum.