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180gLP comes in a screenprinted jacket with opaque white and metallic gold inks on a brushed, jet black cardstock. Silkscreened 10"x10" 'Heroes' insert also in white and gold on black paper. 5"x15" foldout lyric/credit sheet printed on uncoated grey parchment paper.

CD comes in a gatefold jacket offset printed in opaque white and metallic gold inks on a feltweave charcoal black cardstock with 5"x15" foldout credit sheet as per above and a kraft cardstock sleeve for the disc.

CST054

Villainaire The Dead Science

Release date: 2 September 2008

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Seattle-based The Dead Science created a majestic, ornate and soaring collection of post-punk avant-pop on this, their third full-length album, and their first for Constellation. Villainaire is a brilliant song cycle driven by layers of Sam Mickens’ vibrato-laden voice, dark lyricism and sterling guitar work. Bassist (acoustic and electric) Jherek Bischoff and drummer Nick Tamburro anchor the tunes with endlessly inventive polyrhythmic suppleness. Together the trio unleashes a truly unique sound, intensely literate in both word and sound, with a controlled and commanding fury. The songs on Villainaire range from epic orchestral pop to sinister jazz-rock to weary, soul-bleached balladry. Sam Mickens writes about “moral pragmatism and experimental moral nihilism, black-out drunkenness and its psychic and emotional repercussions, and the continuum of baroque fantasy and stark reality” and offers this up with tremulous, operatic rapture. Mickens mines his childhood obsession with hero-projection throughout the album as well, including a wealth of lyrical references to hip-hop and in particular the warped strains of comic book influenced idolatry/self-mythologisation epitomised by the likes of Wu-Tang Clan and MF Doom (see here for further exploration).

Tracklist

1. Throne Of Blood (The Jump Off)
2. The Dancing Destroyer
3. Make Mine Marvel
4. Monster Island Czars
5. Lamentable
6. Death Duel Productions
7. Wife You
8. Holliston
9. Black Lane
10. Sword Cane
11. Clemency

Running time: 00:40:05

Packaging Notes

180gLP comes in a screenprinted jacket with opaque white and metallic gold inks on a brushed, jet black cardstock. Silkscreened 10"x10" 'Heroes' insert also in white and gold on black paper. 5"x15" foldout lyric/credit sheet printed on uncoated grey parchment paper.

CD comes in a gatefold jacket offset printed in opaque white and metallic gold inks on a feltweave charcoal black cardstock with 5"x15" foldout credit sheet as per above and a kraft cardstock sleeve for the disc.

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