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This product is a Pre Order and is scheduled to be released 3rd May 2024

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Kee Avil - Spine

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This product is available on pre order with a limited discounted price.

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Kee Avil's music is both adventurous and intimate, intellectually challenging and emotionally resonant. The Montréal guitarist and producer's 2022 debut Crease's intricate construction, unnerving atmospheres, and knife-edge take on avant-pop prompted comparisons to early PJ Harvey, This Heat, and Gazelle Twin. With Spine, Kee Avil strips back her heavily textured compositions, opening up a much rawer sound. She calls it folk - and while traditionalists might scoff, this is urgent music that reflects the precarity of modern life, as well as the jarring mixture of electronic and real-world interactions that have become the fabric of our day-to-day experiences.


There's a hypnotic post-punk somnambulance to it all, using the repetition and fracturing of melodic phrases interwoven with delicate electronics to create curious and persistent hooks. While not a concept album, themes of time's passage, remembrance, and decay crop up across multiple tracks. Each track intentionally only has four elements—guitar, electronics, and two other instruments, with Kee's voice and guitar pushed to the front. Within this minimalist framework, the juxtaposition of beauty and discomfort that is key to the Kee Avil sound stands out in skin-prickling relief. "We're shaped by many versions of ourselves," says Avil. "I was looking back at these versions of myself and what could have been, what didn't end up being and what did end up being, and going back like that through time. Seeing the future, the past."


Spine was written in Kee Avil's home studio after a lapse in writing while touring Crease and working on other projects. She is a well-known and respected member of the Montréal experimental scene, and formerly ran Concrete Sound Studio with Zach Scholes, who continues to work with her as a producer on Spine. Compared to the three years that went into making her debut, Spine emerged in a matter of months—a process that may also be a factor in its intensity and sharpness: "This record was much harder, like it was really discovering everything from scratch." In her desire to not simply replicate or extend the sound of Crease, she felt she had to rip up the rule book, write in a different way, and pare back songs against her usual instincts.

Editions

• Deluxe 180g LP Art Edition housed in 350gsm widespine jacket with 300gsm inner, and includes set of six 12”x12” 300gsm art cards and DL card.
• CD in custom paperboard mini-gatefold jacket with inner disc sleeve.

Tracklisting

1. Felt
2. the iris dry
3. remember me
4. do this again
5. Fading
6. Gelatin
7. showed you
8. at his hands
9. under
10. Croak

Release Info

Release Date: 3rd May 2024
Format: LP, CD
Label: Constellation

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