Anti- Records, home to other musical visionaries such as Tom Waits, Neko Case and Nick Cave, is thrilled to announce the signing of Rain Machine, a startling new musical venture from Kyp Malone. “It’s thrilling to hear this side of Kyp,” says Anti- president Andy Kaulkin. “The songs are emotionally raw and passionate yet still experimental and full of surprises.”
Malone, known to many as guitarist-singer for soulful art rockers TV On The Radio, explains the origin of Rain Machine: “I’ve been writing and recording songs alone since I moved to NYC in 2000, at first alone because I didn’t know anyone, then through the years by choice because of a particular freedom that going it alone afforded. I’ve played regularly since then, at first under the name Black Lights until some kids in Texas told me they were already using that name. Then under my own name but I didn’t like how “Kyp Malone” looked on mock ups of t-shirts and fliers, thus Rain Machine.”
Produced by Ian Brennan (Ramblin Jack Elliott, Lucinda Williams, Jonathan Richman), Rain Machine’s debut, set for release this fall, offers an enthralling mix of innovative song structure and sound entirely in service of Malone’s emotive singing and evocative lyrics. Malone describes the Rain Machine sound as “a nearly full spectrum of frequencies audible to the human ear – a reflection of a variety of emotions and situations real and imagined, some rhythm and some rhyme.”
“People might be surprised that anyone is still working in a long format recorded medium considering the economic climate, current trends in dissemination and consumption, i.e. the internet and mp3 players,” Malone continues. “There is so much work being produced in this moment, in this, the age of readily available prosumer recording equipment and an internet hungry for content, not to mention the mountains of old songs that exist for most listeners who, in a lifetime, will only skim the surface of that magnificent library. People might be surprised that, with all that weighing against it, buying and listening to this album will be more than just pleasurable, more than just horizon expanding. This record will bring the listener to a higher level of consciousness, that peace and happiness are attainable through bathing in its sounds…LOL!!! Really though, I had a great time making this record and I hope listeners enjoy it.”
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