Friday, February 21, 2014

Toronto's Picastro returns with a brand new album, You, out March 11th on Static Clang Records. Download the lead single, "Mountain Relief," now!

On March 11th, Toronto's Picastro returns with a brand new LP,You, on Static Clang Records

Download and share the album's lead single, "Mountain Relief," via Soundcloud:

You is the new full-length release by Picastro, out March 11 on Static Clang.
Since its creation in Toronto in 1998, Picastro has continued in many forms with its current band members consisting of Liz Hysen, Matthew Ramolo, and Nick Storring. Picastro has toured extensively over the past 10 years in North America and Europe and have appeared on BBC radio, VPRO (Dutch National radio) and the venerable WFMU.
Recorded by Jeff McMurrich and mixed/produced by Nick Storring and Sandro Perri the album features 10 songs and includes guest appearances by Evan Clarke, Tony Dekker (Great Lakes Swimmers), Alex Lukashevsky as well as Colleen Kinsella and Caleb Mulkerin of Big Blood/Cerebus Shoal infamy.
1. Mountain / Relief
2. Two Woman
3. Endlessly
4. Vampires
5. That’s It I Mean It
6. Temur
7. Judas Claim
8. State Man
9. Baron In The Trees
10. February

Tour Dates:
03.13.14 - Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle.
04.03.14 - Queens, NY @ Trans Pecos (Northern Spy curated night)
04.09.14 – Toronto, ON @ Cincecycle (Presented by Wavelength)
05.01.14 – London, U.K. @ Cafe Oto with Islaja
05.02.14 – Bristol, U.K. @ Cube Cinema with Islaja
05.03.14 – TBA
05.04.14 – Manchester, U.K. @ “Sounds from the Other City” festival with Islaja

Press for previous Picastro albums:
"...caught between Elliott Smith and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, balancing pretty acoustic melodies with chillingly shrill clangs and screeches." Pitchfork
"This is paranoid music that’s utterly original and incredibly beautiful." Exclaim!
"Before Whore Luck, the music was a simpler ragged guitar-and-cello based folk.  Here, the arrangements swell: "Hortur" nods to The Dirty Three, while others hint at early Godspeed You Black Emeror! (the arcing violin of "All Erase." in fact, screams it)... Picastro pulls no punches here, giving us their sharpest, most arresting album to date." XLR8R
"Some artists just keep refining themselves over time, honing themselves to a keen edge, cutting back anything that’s non-essential, and the result is a voice that gets more distinct and more intense as they keep working, not less." Pop Matters
"We can get used to anything; Picastro take a little while, but for anyone with any appreciation of the soothing power of the Weird, it's worth the effort." Stylus Magazine
"Although you can say Picastro sometimes resemble a more "out there" PJ Harvey ("Dramaman") and Tori Amos ("Common Cold"), all their influences add up to create a style that is hard to pin down. It may be mellow, but it sure ain't mainstream." All Music

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