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In Their Own Words: Conveyor on Conveyor.

5 Jul

Like most of the internet, we fell in love with the sound of Conveyor when we stumbled across their Sun Ray EP towards the end of last year. Such was the impression that it made, it headed up our EPs of 2011 feature and since then the band has been going from strength to strength. Since the turn of the year they have been drip feeding us layer upon layer of sonic sumptuousness via the medium of three new tracks, all building to the release of their debut LP, the eponymously named Conveyor.

With an extremely successful launch show in the bag, the band are now touring North America to promote what could well be one of the most ear-opening albums of the year. Before they set off, we asked them to give us an insight into each of the eleven tracks on the album, and tell us a bit about what they mean and where they come from. So here, in their own words, are Conveyor on Conveyor.

1. Woolgatherer
Strands of neurons are soaked in a chemical dye and then gathered together to be braided on a loom made from collected dead tree branches. The result is a tether used to hoist piles of asthmatic brains out of a primordial pit.

2. Two Davids
Two distinct men with the same name reach similar conclusions regarding extra-sensory influences on lifelong personality traits.

3. Mane
Flipping and flopping despite foregone conclusions is paired with an intense urge to be overridden, overtaken, and forced into blissful submission by a cervical grip.

4. Short Hair
A heavy-handed metaphor for the importance of timeliness in strategic life decisions, but: after all, it grows back anyway, right?

5. Reach
A proposed theoretical model on coming to terms with predilections towards unreliable idealizations of people, places, things.

6. Homes
“This is one of the Earth’s last great places,” is what the sign said, at least, well not “said” but “read,” I guess, and above anything else we were confident that it was telling the truth.

7. Right Sleep
Various wavelengths of light prod differently at arousal levels of biological systems and preempt sympathetic responses like anxiety, nervousness, worry. A light-absorbent compound coats the inside of a lampshade and mulls it all over while I sleep, softly and safely.

8. Mom Talk
A dilemma in which significant conversation inevitably begs the question: how much information is too much information? One suggested solution is shifting the responsibility of conversation to the other party.

9. Mukraker
Adolescent self-doubt manifests in the form of a dialog between two close partners.

10. All
A new mantra for the foundation of healthy and happy relationships between friends, families, lovers.

11. Anne
Declarations of surety give way to a pensive come-down, all twisted stomachs and wobbly heads on rubber necks, worn out phrases tumbling out of bone-dry mouths, ankles swollen, faces red: from sun or supposition??

Conveyor is out on 17 July via Paper Garden records. You can pre-order the album here on clear vinyl, CD or digitally. Come back next week for our full review.

Listen: New Conveyor Single – “Mane”

4 Apr

Ahh Conveyor, one of many reasons we yearn for a return visit to NYC and the surrounding area. This Brooklyn combo have been delighting us for a while now after we fell in love with their Sun Ray EP which came out last year. Since then they have brightened our January blues with the release of “Mukraker”, the lead single from their forthcoming debut album, tantalised us with this live performance of album track “Right Sleep” and now, made us all giddy with the release “Mane”.

While entirely identifiable as a Conveyor track, this second single from their not-going-to-be-released-soon-enough-as-far-as-we-are-concerned album showcases yet another strand of the sonic variety the band seems to be reveling in. The effervescent, folksy guitars dance, featherlite, gently leading us along the road towards summer.

Yes summer, it is not that far way and already we can hear the bright and twinkly “Mane” as we contemplate the soft haze of the late summer evening drawing in and the barbecue, its job long since complete, flickering out quietly. Loved ones sit, sated by the sumptuous feast presented for them. A few stragglers pick at the debris while children run and play, dragging sun-weary uncles and grandparents into their imagination, desperate to prolong the day and put off the inevitability of slumber.

You can scroll down for the releases details but in the meantime, take a listen for yourself and tell us what you think in the comments.

A white vinyl 7″ of “Mane” is released on the wonderful Gold Robot Records on 15 May and can be pre-ordered here. Alternatively you can download it now from their Bandcamp site. It’s available for free but it would be great if you could drop them a little cash to help keep the funds ticking over. Hopefully they will soon have enough for a UK tour…