Spanish Prisoners Premieres ‘Prior Art’ on Brooklyn Vegan

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Spanish Prisoners is a band of four restless sonic tinkerers from Brooklyn, New York. They came together over a mutual love of Manchester and Berlin, Neil Young and Television, iced coffee and Vincent Gallo.

After years of whittling their toy collection down to just the right analog synths, overdrive pedals, and reverb and tape echoes, they emerged with a batch of songs that they felt no hesitation carving their initials into. Their 2011 album Gold Fools paired male and female vocals in a tremolo-haze of guitars and steady coupling of acoustic and electronic drums. Upon it's release, the band completed a Kickstarter campaign and rescued a van from boredom in Long Island (naming it Steve after the previous owner) and toured the country, sharing stages with Youth Lagoon and Here We Go Magic.

Their latest release is called Prior Art and it was stitched together in between sound checks, on empty highway stretches, and on spare couches covered with cat hair and dust. It follows a slower path than Gold Fools but reaches similar depths of dubby, hiss-laden pop. Exploring the boundaries of vibe and feel, it was inspired by the microphasing of minimalist composer William Basinski, the warped, playful beats of Actress and Bibio, and the various guises of mastermind Brian Eno. Printed on limited edition cassette tape, Prior Art contains reworkings of songs by Clams Casino and Twin Sister, as well as remixes by shape shifters Sun Glitters and Rimar, mixed with gooey ambient stretches and swirling electronic interludes. Prior Art will be released free digitally June 26th, 2012.

Prior Art

00:00 Los Angeles Guitar Dreamed (Spanish Prisoners x Clams Casino)
01:56 Never Knew No Violence (warped)
04:13 Marked (cassette love)
05:19 Downtown Chicagoland (PE1000 version)
08:39 Soundtracking (tremolo)
10:17 Kimmi in a Rice Field (Spanish Prisoners x Twin Sister)

00:00 Modulation (forgotten arpeggio)
02:12 My Summer Home
05:04 Know No Violence (Sun Glitters x Spanish Prisoners)
09:03 Rich Blood, chopped (RIMAR x Spanish Prisoners)
12:43 Dive In, Fade Out

Spanish Prisoners - 2012 Tour Dates
  • 6/1 New York, NY, US @ The Bowery Ballroom w/ Freelance Whales, Lucius
  • 6/9 Brooklyn, NY, US @ Knitting Factory w/ 2:54, Widowspeak
  • 6/28 New York, NY, US @ Mercury Lounge w/ Conveyor
  • 6/30 Northampton, MA, US @ Pearl Street Nightclub w/ Mercies, Echo and Drake

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