1. A Litany for Mrs. T
2. The Days of Adderall
4. A Bunch of People Who Love You Like Crazy
6. Burglarizing the Deaf
7. Baltika 9
8. English as a Second Language
9. Ordination Day
10. The Demon & the Hurricane
11. What an Awesome Backhanded Compliment
Deleted Scenes, a four-piece indie band from DC, released its first self-entitled EP in 2007, twelve years after meeting in grade school. In 2009, the band released a full-length, Birdseed Shirt, which was recorded mostly in group houses across the east coast over the course of a year with producer L. Skell (the Rude Staircase). It was met with critical acclaim from Pitchfork, which praised its “thoughtful existentialism and strange, drowsy downers” (8.0 score), and NPR, which called it “playfully unpredictable and totally infectious.”
After playing more than 300 self-booked shows in support of Birdseed Shirt, the band took some time before recording Young People's Church of the Air (Sept 6, 2011) at the Garden Center in Hockessin, DE. "We decided to record the new album in a real studio where we could explore the dark arts with L. Skell while working more efficiently” courtesy of engineer Nick Krill (Spinto Band), said bass player Matt Dowling.
Singer/guitarist Dan Scheuerman's deeply personal lyrics explore his experiences with family, religion, death and joy. He spent the prior year listening to old Neil Young records and distorted mp3s of American rock covers recorded by Southeast Asian artists in the 1970s. Scheuerman said the warped fuzz of those recordings influenced the sound of the new album. "There's a special energy that seems both young and soulful, yet somehow doomed." The songs derive their rhythmic feels from disparate sources—80s pop, R&B, surf rock, dark funk, Go-Go—which are decontextualized as fruity loops-based bedroom pop during the songwriting process, and then reintroduced into the band environment, taking on a new life with each iteration. The album contains a mixture of supernatural sounds recorded organically in the studio and home-recorded lo-fi noise
released 10 July 2012
L Skell (P), Nick Krill (E), recorded and mixed at the Garden Center, Hockessin, DE, released by Sockets Records. Artwork by John Foster.
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