So will you? Won’t you? Should I care?
Has it ended or begun?
I don’t know if I can bear
But I don’t think I’ll ever die.
I don’t suppose you’ll let me.
Every time I say goodbye
You threaten to forget me.
A new vinyl-only compilation from Blackest Ever Black, exclusively manufactured and distributed by Mount Analog.
Available in a strictly limited edition of 500 copies, I Can’t Give You The Life You Want will be released in the USA in September 2015, with a handful set aside for EU/worldwide customers* to order direct from the label.
*[Please note that we have sold out of our label copies on pre-order. To be sure of securing a copy, please order direct from Mount Analog.]
Its eleven tracks were conceived in a range of different circumstances and locations, and not according to any specific brief, but in spite of this they appear, collectively, to offer an imaginative response to Los Angeles shadow-life. These songs are not about LA, but LA is present, unbidden, in all of them. Across nearly an hour of previously unreleased music, the city’s topography, its patterns of desire and disillusionment, are powerfully evoked.
Tropic of Cancer open the compilation with ‘I Woke Up And The Storm Was Over’, Camella Lobo’s first new song since 2013’s Restless Idylls LP. Cut Hands contributes ‘Festival Of The Dead Ondo’, a brutally accelerated variation on the title track of his 2014 album. Dalhous and Tarquin Manek’s hardboiled offerings place you behind the windshield of a stolen car crawling N. Figueroa at 4am with dubious intent; Barnett + Coloccia’s andante techno-ceremonial ‘Tracker’ drags you out of the vehicle and deep into the woods on foot. Gotham industrial unit Infrastructure Zero’s ‘Messiah Police’ is as bitter and bombed-out as Tarcar’s ‘Eija’ is tender and transforming, while Exploring Jezebel’s Vivid Extreme does what she does best: makes you feel uncomfortable. There is wracked psychedelia from Bremen (Brainbombs’ Lanchy and Jonas), deadpan DIY drone-punk from 500 Stamps (the one-off trio of Veronica Vasicka, Donnelle McCarry and Jorge doCouto), and, in Secret Boyfriend’s ‘Singleminded’, a possible escape into the pastoral.
I Can’t Give You The Life You Want is housed in a full-colour sleeve with xeroxed insert. All copies bought directly from Mount Analog’s LA store will come bundled with a free Blackest Ever Black cassette mixtape entitled Truth Or Dare In North America. Please note that copies purchased from other stores, including BEB’s own webshop, do not include the mixtape.