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Lightning Bolt

Fantasy Empire

'Fantasy Empire' Lightning Bolt's sixth album and first in five years is a fresh take from a band intent on pushing themselves musically and sonically while maintaining the aesthetic that has defined not only them but an entire generation of noisemakers It marks many firsts most notably their first recordings made using hifi recording equipment at the famed Machines With Magnets and their first album for Thrill Jockey More than any previous album 'Fantasy Empire' sounds like drummer Brian Chippendale and bassist Brian Gibson are playing just a few feet away using the clarity afforded by the studio to amplify the intensity they project Every frantic drum hit every fuzzedout riff sounds more present and tangible than ever before 'Fantasy Empire' is ferocious consuming and is a more accurate translation of their live experience It also shows Lightning Bolt embracing new ways to make their music even stranger More than any previous record Chippendale and Gibson make use of live loops and complete separation of the instruments during recording to maximize the sonic pandemonium and power Gibson worked with Machines very carefully to get a clear yet still distorted and intense bass sound allowing listeners to truly absorb the detail and dynamic range he displays from the heaviest thud to the subtle melodic embellishments Some of these songs have been in the band's live repertoire since as early as 2010 and have been refined in front of audiences for maximum impact This is heavy turbulent music but it is executed with the precision of musicians that have spent years learning how to create impactful noise through the use of dynamics melody and rhythm 'Fantasy Empire' has been in gestation for four years with some songs having been recorded on lofi equipment before ultimately being scrapped Since 'Earthly Delights' was released the band has collaborated with The Flaming Lips multiple times and continued to tour relentlessly 2013 saw the release of All My Relations by Black Pus Chippendale's solo outlet which was followed by a split LP with Oozing Wound Chippendale an accomplished comic artist and illustrator created the 'Fantasy Empire's subtly ominous album art and will release an upcoming book of his comics through respected imprint Drawn and Quarterly CD CD version in 4 panel miniLP style gatefold package with CD in a fully artworked inner sleeve 2LP Deluxe 2xLP version comes in a heavy duty oldstyle tipon gatefold jacket LPs are pressed on virgin vinyl and housed in artworked inner sleeves with free download coupon LP Deluxe 2xLP coloured vinyl version White with added pink and blue comes in a heavy duty oldstyle tipon gatefold jacket LPs are pressed on virgin vinyl and housed in artworked inner sleeves with free download coupon

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