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- Posted on Nov 12th 2010 3:03AM by Benjy Eisen
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Akron/Family's latest record label, Dead Oceans -- bless them -- has released a statement concerning the band's upcoming album, which will be released on Feb. 8 in the U.S. and March 14 in the U.K. That part's easy to grasp. And the fact that the album is entitled 'S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT' is even manageable, somehow. But the details behind it?
"Finally, after over a month of unanswered emails and text messages, blown deadlines and pleas to finish and turn in their new album, last week a large brown cardboard box showed up at the Dead Oceans doorstep," reads a statement from the label. "It had 'SHINJU TNT' scrawled across the bottom of the box in black magic marker, and the return address read only 'AK, Detroit.'"
There's more: "Opening it revealed a sincere but poorly made diorama of futurist swirling spaces filled with toy astronauts and dinosaurs, four blown-out song fragments on a TDK CDR in a ziplock bag, three pictures, a tracklist written in crayon and a typewritten note from Akron/Family." Apparently the band wouldn't even give the label the full album, taking it straight to the vinyl manufacturer instead, for fear of a leak.
As far as the label can figure it, the band wrote most of the album "in a cabin built into the side of Mount Meakan, an active volcano in Akan National Park, on the island of Hokkaido, Japan." It was recorded in Detroit -- possibly in an abandoned train station -- by hip audio engineer Chris Koltay (Deerhunter, Liars, Holy F**k, No Age), who told Dead Oceans that the finished album "will transcend the Internet."
We'll just have to wait and see about that. But we're not betting against it, per-se.