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Tag Archives: Subtle
Six-man indie-rock/experimental/rap/whatchamacalit band Subtle have begun the “Washere” tour in support of their recent album ExitingARM. Here’s the word from lead vocalist/pied piper Dose One: hello friends and family… truth be told…. subtle is going on hiatus…. this will be … Continue reading
A recent Pitchforkmedia.com story revealed lots of fun activities surrounding Subtle’s forthcoming album, ExitingArm. Among them include a comic book called The OughtAlmanac of AmassedFact Vol. I (which will soon be posted at ExitingArm.com); a proposed animated series co-created by … Continue reading
Bay Area mindbenders Subtle have prepared a new album for imminent release. ExitingARM, the third full-length release from the sextet, drops May 13 on Lex/EMI. Subtle has maintained an uncategorizable, wildly artistic identity since Dose One and Jel from Anticon … Continue reading
In October, experimental unit Subtle will revisit last year’s wondrously dynamic For Hero: For Fool with Yell & Ice. Similar to Prefuse 73 and his "remix EPs" that follow every album; Subtle reworks much of the material on For Hero with guests. (They used the same tactic for their 2004 album, A New White, with Wishingbone.)
"Both ‘wishingbone’ and ‘yell&ice’ were fashioned to further explore Subtle’s conceptual protagonist, Hour Hero yes, while creating a medium for the band’s love of collaborative music making," wrote the band in a MySpace post. "Unlike a typical collection of remixes, ‘yell&ice’ utterly reapproaches the lyrics and music of ‘for hero: for fool.’ In order to better suit the pallette and prowess of each respective collaborator, poems were rewritten, sounds resampled, and time signatures unlocked. Then these songbones were sent to our collaborators/confidantes who then rewrote, sang, and sequenced to the tune of their talents."
Guests on Yell & Ice, which comes out via Lex Records/EMI, include Tunde Adebimpe from TV on the Radio, Dan Boeckner from Wolf Parade, Markus Acher from the Notwist, and Chris Adams from Hood. Subtle continues to work on its next album for a 2008 release. Before then, they’ll play several shows this fall, including a string of dates with Seattle indie-rock band Minus the Bear.
Tour dates are below.
It’s been a week since I’ve updated Plug One with a news item. That’s what happens when the real world steps in. As a mostly one-man operation, I try to keep things popping on a semi-regular basis. Sometimes that doesn’t happen.
Coincidentally, I pretty much missed the boat on Subtle’s artistic success with Astralwerks. The group’s major label bow, For Hero: For Fool was one of last year’s most acclaimed albums, and they’ve toured behind it for several months now. Still, this is the first time I’ve posted about this project. Even their dates opening for the equally indescribable TV on the Radio already kicked off last month. I’d like my late pass now!