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  • rangers – suburban tours – oesb

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    finally seeing the light of day – this is a monster album by san francisco’s joe knight – more song-oriented and focused than his excellent “low cut fades” tape that came out on not not fun last summer. check today’s post on chocolate bobka for a sneak preview of the track “out past curfew”. and check the video sidebar to see “deerfield village” – which is the album’s lead-off track.

  • rangers – pan am stories – nnf – 2xlp

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    Tape-warped phantom band Rangers finally unleashes the grainy, soaring, expansive prog-pop opus we always knew was floating inside the fretboard (and imagination) of multi-instrumentalist mystery maestro Joe Knight. The north Dallas-raised, San Fran-residing head Ranger grew up taking classical guitar lessons from a dude who claimed to have ‘toured with the Dead,’ and some of that brain-wonked jam agenda obviously seeped into the young Knight, who began recording his own loose, lo-fi jangle sprawls in 2005. But whereas last year’s critically lauded Suburban Tours LP found him condensing his cassette-crushed alien pop into 3 minute radio nuggets, Pan Am Stories uses the reverse strategy, letting each blurry strum pattern coast away and ride the breeze a bit before steering it into a fresh counter-melody or flanged-out guitar comedown. The extra breath and space gives the 13 songs a real sense of freedom and lightness and flight, layered in gentle blankets of fuzz, silky reverb, and audio collage riddles. A total saga, and a summit achievement of next-level invention for Knight as a musician (it’s insane he played/recorded every instrument on this thing!) and artist. Have been soaking in these tracks non-stop since we first heard ‘em this summer and are thrilled to get to share Stories with the world. Black vinyl LPs (mastered by Carl Saff, who worked on Suburban Tours too) in gatefold jackets with micro-detailed collage art by Mr. Rangers himself; interior artwork by Knight and Anthony Yuen. Edition of 850.

  • rangers / kwjaz lite – angel island – brunch groupe

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    Angel Island hijacks Rangers and KWJAZ where they were last found: Rangers splicing Chic’s depleted thump with Felt’s guitar filament, KWJAZ warping lost ECM tapes into wraiths of artificial intelligence. As a whole, the split charts a single journey planned according to a forged, melting map. Side A is the sound of a languorous car chase, the themes of Suburban Tours brought to a chrome, zero-degree state of allure. Picture the predawn dark of the airport terminal on the cover of La Dusseldorf. On the flip, KWJAZ opens at twilight with trails of landing-pad synth work before diving into a near-house thrust of ring modulated kalimba and drum machines before the remainder unfurls a half-intelligible mix of field recordings and tectonic sub bass. Both movements reveal the artists to be intensifying their sounds while taking oblique left turns into realms that are at once insular and expansive.