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The Doll Guitar tones caress us with a twang of gold as we gaze up in awe. Hanging above us are hundreds of singing pitcher plants, their bodies filled with sweet nectar. There is an undercurrent of menace buried deep within this song, a faint screaming of insects as they are being devoured. Favorite track: Country Sun.
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j_a_anderson I absolutely love this album because it's quite rewarding with repeated listening. It commands your attention in a visceral way: through shimmering, slow melodic waves that feel otherworldly, but within reach. Cherry Sunshine definitely culminates the beautiful journey into a hopeful daydream that leaves you wanting more. Favorite track: Cherry Sunshine.
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SILENCE ET LIBERTÉ Fantastic shoegaze and ghostly folk and dream pop compositions. It's like listening to an old classic from the 4AD label. Favorite track: Country Sun.
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    Mastered by Amy Dragon for Telegraph Mastering and pressed on 180-gram vinyl, the limited LP comes in a gorgeous full-color sleeve accompanied by a full-color inner-sleeve and 22x22 fold out poster.

    In addition, for mail-order only, we are including another collection of music from somesurprises. It's a cassette EP of new material courtesy of Seattle's Gracie Records and Her Car Studio. These are both a must.

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1.
Sometimes 04:02
2.
Empty Threat 03:37
3.
High Rise 05:08
4.
Late July 05:36
5.
Airport 04:36
6.
Country Sun 03:34
7.
Are You Her? 04:24
8.

about

Somesurprises is the moniker of Seattle singer/songwriter Natasha El-Sergany. What once was a solo project focusing on spectral balladry and late night exploration, somesurprises has since formed into a dynamic live band. Motorik beats, reverb-drenched vocals, washes of fingerpicked guitars, and hazy synths expand El-Sergany’s delicate and blissful songwriting. Over the years, somesurprises has built a strong presence in the Seattle music scene, and toured the west coast. In Seattle, they have opened for touring artists such as Circuit Des Yeux, Carla dal Forno, A Place to Bury Strangers, and the Cave Singers...

...With its 36th release, Drawing Room brings in a new wonder with somesurprises’ self-titled debut LP, a treasure among pop treasures. The album explores a range of styles, from gradually intensifying meditative drones, to songs where the same moment never quite happens twice. As in previous cassette releases with fewer members, El-Sergany uses her ethereal voice as an instrument, no more or less central to the music than a guitar hook or a drumbeat. But the vocals and lyrics are more in focus than ever before. From shimmering cascades of reverbed guitar chords, to driving bass and percussion guiding guitar and synth freak-out outros, as a full band, somesurprises finds its fullest expression yet. The songwriting here, laden with effects and orchestral arrangements, reaches for more than navel-gazing, or (even shoegazing) and seeks, perhaps, through knowledge of the self, to guide the way out of one’s own mind.

The album bears repeating for repeated plays (at maximum volume for peak pleasantries).

credits

released September 20, 2019

Natasha El-Sergany
Guitar, vocals, organ

Josh Medina
Guitar, synth

Nico Sophiea
Drums, glockenspiel

Emma Danner
Bass guitar (Tracks 3, 4, 5, 6)

Andrew Scott Young
Bass guitar (Tracks 1, 2, 8)

Brenan Chambers
Vibraphone (on “Airport”)

Paurl Walsh
Producer, Sound Engineer

Recorded and Mixed at ExEx Audio, in Seattle, Washington, 2017-2018

Mastered by Amy Dragon at Telegraph Mastering in Portland, Oregon

Album art by Josh Medina and Natasha El-Sergany at the Hedreen Gallery, Seattle University

Layout by Jeff Kuykendall

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