Pillar Point’s forthcoming release Marble Mouth, due for release, this Friday January 22nd via Polyvinyl. Marble Mouth was recorded and mixed by engineer Drew Vandenberg (Toro Y Moi, Deerhunter, of Montreal). Today, Pillar Point has streamed Marble Mouth ahead of the release.Listen below via Soundcloud.
Originally, the plan was for Scott Reitherman to record the album at home in Seattle, when he received an unexpected invitation—extended backstage in Phoenix after opening for of Montreal — to cut it at Kevin Barnes’ home studio in Athens, Georgia. “I couldn’t believe it to be honest,” says Reitherman. “I was overwhelmed; we’re halfway through the tour and I’m already having the time of my life.”
Riding high from the news, the former Throw Me the Statue frontman devoted the next few months to crafting demos that would bring the solemn but sprightly dance-pop sound found on his self-titled debut into full bloom on his sophomore full-length.
Once those were ready, Reitherman traveled to Barnes’ house for a month to eat, sleep, and record — often in the late evening and early morning—alongside such guest musicians as drummer Cameron Gardner (Washed Out), percussionist Philip Mayer (Kishi Bashi), and Kevin Barnes (of Montreal) himself. With the arrangements and basic recordings for Marble Mouth firmly in place, Reitherman fleshed out the vocals and lyrics for the full-length over the next six weeks in New Orleans.
“New Orleans was the most meditative and mysterious part of making the record,” he explains. “I wanted to sink into that city and scrutinize the romantic southern sojourn.
Featuring a hybrid approach to the presentation of its heavyweight pop hooks, the album plants one foot firmly in the ’80s, with the other exploring the outer realm of ultramodern electronic music. Meanwhile, sun-baked samples and vapor-trailed verses allude to everything from LCD Soundsystem to Broadcast.
Out January 22nd, 2016 on Polyvinyl
Part Time Love
Black Fly On A White Wall
Dance Like You Wanna Die
PILLAR POINT. TOUR DATES.
2/11 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey [ALBUM RELEASE SHOW]
3/12 Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club *
3/13 LA, CA @ The Echo *
* supporting Pure Bathing Culture