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Generator

by Vasudeva

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    Pre-order of Generator. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
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    releases April 10, 2020

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Pressed on 180-Gram Black in Clear LP (limited to 300) and 180-Gram Pink LP (limited to 500) and housed in a deluxe gatefold jacket featuring artwork by Colin Czerwinski. Includes insert.

    *Images shown are mockups - due to the delicate nature of manufacturing, the actual outcome of each variant may vary.

    European fans can order the album here: skltl.co/european-store

    Includes digital pre-order of Generator. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    shipping out on or around April 10, 2020
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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Comes in a 4-panel digipak case with artwork by Colin Czerwinski. includes insert.

    Includes digital pre-order of Generator. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    shipping out on or around April 10, 2020
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  • T-Shirt/Apparel

    Featuring artwork by Colin Czerwinski. Two-sided print with Black ink on New Silver super soft sweatshop free American Apparel 100% cotton tees.

    *Images shown are mockups - due to the delicate nature of manufacturing, the actual outcome of each item may vary.
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  • Tote Bag

    Featuring collaborative artwork by Corey Mastrangelo and Brian Morgante (Flesh and Bone Design). Black, white and blue ink on natural canvas tote bag.

    6.0 oz.
    100% Cotton
    22" self-fabric handles
    14.5" (W) x 15.5" (H)

    *Images shown are mockups - due to the delicate nature of manufacturing, the actual outcome of each item may vary.
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1.
04:49
2.
On The Up
3.
Only On
4.
III
5.
Drop
6.
Stockmar
7.
Halftime
8.
Yamaha

about

Vasudeva have always been hard to pigeonhole. Growing up on the quieter streets of New Jersey, but with New York City just moments away, childhood friends Corey Mastrangelo (guitar), Grant Mayer (guitar/keys) and Derek Broomhead (drums) would spend their summer days running from punk shows to late night raves, living a dichotomous life that wormed its way into their music.

Forever too dancey for their post-rock peers, but too post-rock for their dance music friends, Vasudeva’s career to date has been spent on a tightrope, the tension between walking that fine line adding an angst to their soaring tracks. On their new record, Generator, however, things are different. There is a sense of peace and assuredness to the New Jersey trio - no longer three kids in their early-twenties trying to find their way, it feels like Vasudeva have finally found what they were searching for.

A seamless and soaring record, Generator sees Vasudeva truly completely comfortable in their own skin for what feels like the first time. Written, produced and engineered by the band over the course of three months in early spring with the help of their long-time friend Kevin Dye, it is an entirely personal, (almost) chronological time capsule of the band as they entered their late twenties; growing and evolving as people, their music following suit. There is a sense of a new beginning, a new chapter. Using Logic Pro X for the first time, Mastrangelo, Mayer and Broomhead were, for the first time, able to tap into their wide, varied set of influences; exploring textures, using midi and incorporating drum machines and synth sounds that they first fell in love with through their affinity for dance music.

Harnessing electronic drums and voice notes recorded by Mayer when commuting in New York City, using real keys and reel-to-reel tape machines, Generator masterfully blends the analog and the electronic. “Stockmar” sees Vasudeva at their most R'n'B inspired, the slowest track on the album showcasing their growth, yet named after Broomhead’s childhood street where the band spent endless amounts of time growing up. Things change, but they are always rooted in the past.

The record is undeniably textured, layers of instruments complimenting each other - nylon strings piggybacking off piano chords in “Drop”, programmed bass sitting atop Broomhead’s ever fidgeting drums in “Yamaha”. Everything has its place, but nothing feels regimented. It’s a free-flowing feeling, a structured emotion.

There is an overwhelming emotional quality to the music Vasudeva creates, and in Generator this voice is at its strongest. While there are still the walls of sound that featured in previous works Life In Cycles and No Clearance (the ending of opener “Breaks” threatens to blow any speaker it is played through, and the breakdown in “III” provides one of Generators loudest moments), there is a much clearer focus on production, on texture, on feeling in this record. The SP-404 created “Only On” leaves you swirling and shifting as the EQ pans back and forth, creating a truly unique listening experience, transporting you underwater.

Obsessed with this level of production, Generator speaks to the notion of technology pushing Vasudeva forward in their everyday lives. Idle or not, we must push on. There is an overwhelming sense of calm to Generator, the landscape created by Mastrangelo, Mayer and Broomhead enveloping and swaddling the listener, the music ebbing and flowing, creating worlds while saying nothing at all. - Conor Mackie

credits

releases April 10, 2020

Produced by Vasudeva and Kevin Dye
Engineered by Kevin Dye
Mixed by Kevin Dye
Mastered by Mike Kalajian
Photography and Design by Colin Czerwinski

Thank you to Skeletal Lightning, Friend of Mine Records, Birds Robe Records, Gates, Covet, Loqto, Sleepmakeswaves, Tides of Man, Gulfer, Colin Czerwinski, Sepehr Mokhtarzadeh, and all of our friends and families.

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