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C’est avec grand plaisir, et joie ultime que je vous annonce que nous venons de passer la barre des 1,111 fans sur sodwee.com. Nous sommes très touchés, bien évidement, par tous les encouragements de la part des lecteurs, des différents artistes, groupes et labels qui chaque jour nous motivent à vous faire découvrir de nouveaux talents et de partager des bons sons quoi. Ca nous plait vraiment… [petite larme]…

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DONC, trêve de discours gnian gnian. La Gagnante a été contactée par mail pour finaliser les détails inhérents à l’envoi de ce petit cadeau, ma foi, fort bien sympathique puisqu’il s’agit d’un vinyle que je vois partir avec un peu d’appréhension.

C’est une édition limitée à 1000 exemplaires dans le monde. Le vinyle lui-même est blanc et la pochette est juste sublime pour pouvoir la décrire au mieux avec quelques mots. Une photo fera l’affaire. J’en attend une, en fait, de l’heureux(se) gagnant(e) avec le vinyle (si il/elle veut bien).

Le VINYLE MYSTERE était donc / The mystery vinyl was :

FUTURE ISLANDS – ‘Tomorrow / The Fountain’ 7″ [white vinyl, ltd ed. 1000 copies]

It’s with great pleasure and great satisfaction that I announce that the winner of the lucky draw has been reached via email when we passed the 1,111th like on Sodwee.com. Thanks for supporting our blog. It motivates us day in, day out to have so many readers, artists and labels alike to drop by and encourage our efforts ! We truly appreciate the support. We happy to also announce that our MYSTERY VINYL is one of a thousand (1000) copies pressed worldwide of FUTURE ISLANDS’s – ‘Tomorrow / The Fountain’ 7″ single. It’s a beautiful package with a stunning sleeve art work and a mesmerizing white vinyl.

Listen to one of the band’s song featured on hit show “How To Make It In America” a while ago :

Future Islands – Before The Bridge [audio:https://sodwee.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Before-The-Bridge.mp3]

‘Tomorrow’ is a soulful swoon, its light tread is mesmerising amongst the slow burning synth cycles and relaxed bass progress. Samuel T. Herring’s ever-impressive vocal has never sounded more akin to Sam Cooke as he smoothly laments “I’m saying sorry every time we talk” before careening into a flight of sustained, arguably uncontrollable emotion. Some choice, additional vocals from Jenn Wasner (of Wye Oak), Lexie Mountain and Elena Johnston only make the song seem more impassioned; its ardent nature perfectly rendered into melody.

‘The Fountain’ meanwhile is a luscious narrative sunk into a slow dance. It’s a song that tells a tale of courtship, heady rush and leaps of faith. It’s a beautifully descriptive lyric, full of “shady groves”, “hanging gardens” and “human loam”, nodding a head to both Genet and Rilke as it passes. “I know my lines, and there’s a lot less space and a little bit of time… I know the way – It’s fine” sings Herring tenderly. Gerrit Welmers keyboard work here is stunning, the blooming chords and fluted air soaring across a landscape of crushed cymbals and quivering ambience, peaking with William Cashion’s deeply expressive, echoing bass ascent.

‘Tomorrow’ / ‘The Fountain’ was recorded and produced with long-term collaborator Chester Endersby Gwazda and mastered by Sarah Register (Talk Normal). Tyler Weeks provides the liminal, colourscape cover and the vinyl is heavyweight, white and limited to 1000 copies worldwide.

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