We’re massively stoked to announce that the debut longplayer by HOLLOW SUNSHINE, Held Above, is now available and Pitchfork has dropped the title track song premier, proclaiming it “a sublime slice of downer pop”.
For the uninitiated, HOLLOW SUNSHINE are a California duo who combine deep tuning with pop undertones and a garage din, crafting a unique combination of warmly familiar elements. The hypnotic swirl of lush vocals hovering over downtuned riffs and steady rhythms yield a mesmerizing listening experience.
Held Above exists within a delicate balance between blown out sludge, narcotic drone and pop sensibilities. Yet this contrast between heaviness and catchiness, with melodic vocals providing a calm and consistent drift throughout, sets HOLLOW SUNSHINE well apart from contemporaries.
The nine tracks of Held Above were self-recorded by the band, vocalist Morgan Enos and guitarist / songwriter Reuben Sawyer, then mastered by James Plotkin, aiming for a soothing “lo” fidelity with clarity kept in mind. This album should appeal to varied fans of everything from TORCHE and JESU to BUILT TO SPILL and SMASHING PUMPKINS.
A visual artist renowned for his work via Rainbath Visual (CHELSEA WOLFE, DEAFHEAVEN, DESTRUCTION UNIT etc etc), Sawyer also conceived the stark imagery for the cover, which is screen-printed on complimentary colored paper by Broken Press. 700 copies of HOLLOW SUNSHINE‘s debut LP were made in the first pressing:
* 100 pink (includes a bonus back-patch)
* 200 white
* 400 black
With a high-quality digital download included, Held Above can now be ordered from the following locations:
We’re also happy to report that the two long-playing THOU “EP”s released by Robotic Empire, Baton Rouge, You Have Much to Answer For and The Archer & The Owle, have both been repressed on cassette.
Both releases have been repressed on white cassettes, 200 of each this time around. Same oppressively burly jams, both of which can be found in full on our Bandcamp page.
* These two THOU tapes and far more (shirts, vinyl, CDs, etc) are available now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store
In addition to the influx of Robo label releases, we’ve got a powerhouse update of other new items and restocks in the Robotic Empire – Online Store, with exclusively heavy hitters from the likes of THE BODY, BORIS, EYEHATEGOD, OOZING WOUND, PIGS, RAMLORD, SLEEP, TITAN, a Tor Johnson Records DVD, WRECKMEISTER HARMONIES and the almighty YOB:
NEW ITEMS & RESTOCKS:
* Body, The – Christs, Redeemers 2×12″ (Thrill Jockey) $16.99
* Boris – Smile 2×12” – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Southern Lord) $21.99
* Eyehategod – Dopesick 2×12” – WHITE COVER VERSION VINYL (Emetic) $19.99
* Eyehategod – Take As Needed For Pain 2×12” (Emetic) $19.99
* Hollow Sunshine – Held Above 12″ – BLACK VINYL $14.99
* Hollow Sunshine – Held Above 12″ – PINK COLORED VINYL w/ BACKPATCH $14.99
* Hollow Sunshine – Held Above 12″ – WHITE VINYL $14.99
* Oozing Wound – Retrash 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $14.99
* Pigs – Gaffe 10″ – BLACK VINYL (Solar Flare) $13.99
* Pigs – Gaffe 10″ – RED COLORED VINYL (Solar Flare) $13.99
* Ramlord – Crippled Minds, Sundered Wisdom 12″ (Hypaethral) $16.99
* Sleep – Dopesmoker 2×12″ – PURPLE COLORED VINYL (Southern Lord) $19.99
* Thou – Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For Cassette (Robotic Empire) $5.99
* Thou – The Archer And The Owle Cassette (Robotic Empire) $5.99
* Titan – Warmer Months 12″ – YELLOW COLORED LIMITED EDITION VINYL (Hypaethral) $16.99
* Tor Johnson – The Ten Years War DVD (Tor Johnson) $4.99
* Wrekmeister Harmonies – You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $14.99
* Yob – The Illusion Of Motion 12″ – 180 GRAM BLACK VINYL (Metal Blade) $24.99
* Yob – The Unreal Never Lived 2×12″ – 180 GRAM BLACK VINYL (Metal Blade) $24.99