I Can’t Give You The Life You Want is a new vinyl-only compilation from Blackest Ever Black, exclusively manufactured and distributed by Mount Analog.
Available in a strictly limited edition of 500 copies, it will be released in the USA in June 2015, with a handful set aside for EU/worldwide customers to order direct from the label.
Its eleven tracks were conceived in a range of different circumstances and locations, and not according to any specific brief, but in spite of this they appear, collectively, to offer an imaginative response to Los Angeles shadow-life. These songs are not about LA, but LA is present, unbidden, in all of them. Across nearly an hour of previously unreleased music, the city’s topography, its patterns of desire and disillusionment, are powerfully evoked.
Tropic of Cancer open the compilation with ‘I Woke Up And The Storm Was Over’, Camella Lobo’s first new song since 2013’s Restless Idylls LP. Cut Hands contributes ‘Festival Of The Dead Ondo’, a brutally accelerated variation on the title track of his 2014 album. Dalhous and Tarquin Manek’s hardboiled offerings place you behind the windshield of a stolen car crawling N. Figueroa at 4am with dubious intent; Barnett + Coloccia’s andante techno-ceremonial ‘Tracker’ drags you out of the vehicle and deep into the woods on foot. Gotham industrial unit Infrastructure Zero’s ‘Messiah Police’ is as bitter and bombed-out as Tarcar’s ‘Eija’ is tender and transforming, while Exploring Jezebel’s Vivid Extreme does what she does best: makes you feel uncomfortable. There is wracked psychedelia from Bremen (Brainbombs’ Lanchy and Orre), deadpan DIY drone-punk from 500 Stamps (the one-off trio of Veronica Vasicka, Donnelle McCarry and Jorge doCouto), and, in Secret Boyfriend’s ‘Singleminded’, a possible escape into the pastoral.
I Can’t Give You The Life You Want is housed in a full-colour sleeve with xeroxed insert. All copies bought directly from Mount Analog’s LA store will come bundled with a free Blackest Ever Black cassette mixtape entitled Truth Or Dare In North America. Please note that copies purchased from other stores, including BEB’s own webshop, do not include the mixtape.
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A1. Tropic of Cancer – I Woke Up And The Storm Was Over
A2. Tarquin Manek – Not Missing You
A3. Dalhous – Acceptance Is Reality
A4. 500 Stamps – Relics Of Victory
A5. Infrastructure Zero – Messiah Police
B1. Bremen – Eclipsed
B2. Exploring Jezebel – Burberry Boy
B3. Cut Hands – Festival Of The Dead Ondo
B4. Barnett + Coloccia – Tracker
B5. Tarcar – Eija
B6. Secret Boyfriend – Singleminded