Frog Eyes

Violet Psalms

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Paper Bag Records is thrilled to announce Violet Psalms, the eighth and final album from Frog Eyes, out May 18, 2018

17 years after their teetering debut, the Vancouver band unveils Violet Psalms - a giddy lament; a gnashing jubilee; a rain-drenched allocution on hope vs. horror, paradise vs. pride, Marx and Brexit and bad acid trips. 

No guests, no engineers. A self-invention. Violet Psalms began with its frantic, reverb-drenched guitar, squiggling over a modulation pedal. Next Mercer and Campbell concoted the drum parts -- imagining them an onomatopoeia then recording them in fragments, kickdrum by kickdrum, tom by tom, with tailored effects. "The goal was to disorientate," Mercer explains, but also to work by instinct, gut -- a cut-up of music and image, songs that coil back and kiss. The band pruned as they went, adding Terri Upton's bass parts, taking other parts away. Whereas past LPs used piano, Shyla Seller worked with shimmering synths - chords like bleeding watercolour, shadows casting on a wall.

Track Listing:

1. A Strand of Blue Stars

2. Little Mothers

3. Idea Man

4. On a Finely Sewn Sleeve

5. Don't Sleep Under Stars

6. Sleek as the Day is Done

7. Your Boss's Shirt

8. Itch of Summer Knees

9. Unconscious Missive

10. Pay for Fire