24 April 2012

Pumice "PUNY" vinyl is here!

After several test pressings & months of eagerly / patiently waiting, Pumice's latest album - PUNY - is finally here on glorious black vinyl! PUNY marks the first Pumice record we've issued on vinyl right out of the gate (the reissue of Pebbles last year notwithstanding), and it's a beauty. Lots of folks have thus far weighed-in on this gem, but Forest Gospel really nailed it -

all-important 2012 album written and recorded by Pumice, aka Stefan Neville; characterized by signature Pumice-heavy sonority and album-length lean towards the pastoral.  Noted for (1) co-opting abrasive weakness for purposes of volcanic artistry and punitive strength, for (2) morose pumice-esque meanderings devolving into a paradoxically happy-gloominess, and for (3) attending to salvation-heavy methods of quasi-devotionalism with regard to "saving music" and "proving godlike artistry can still be accomplished"; magnum opus.

We're working to ship all of the pre-orders & special edition packages (these include the surprise flexi seen above) ASAP. 

Unfortunately, this is taking longer than expected...

Yours truly bumped his head a few nights ago & has landed a concussion (can you see the red spot?). Thankfully this isn't too severe, but nevertheless I'm moving slower than normal, can't drive, and am behind on some mailorder... Pardon my progress -- records are on the way!

14 April 2012

The return of Pumice: PUNY out now!

After years of (mostly) silence from Stefan Neville, the world now has a brilliant new Pumice album in its grip called PUNY.

Pumice's temporary dormancy allowed Stefan to collaborate with heaps of others, including The Renderers, The Coolies, The Spunks, Olympus (with Kraus), Sunken (with Antony Milton) and more. With a new 8-track in hand & heartbreak in the distance, PUNY began to take shape. Its a chronicle of sadness & triumphs, and sees Stefan tackling Beefheart-like rhythms, doo-wop experiments, melancholic strumming & other confusing / beautiful elements. Just as ever, PUNY overs a unique vision and a unique listen...

Order your copy directly from us here.

A few samples from PUNY --

Pumice "Covered in Spiders" by Soft Abuse

Pumice "Hey Crap Crab" by Soft Abuse

Pumice "Fool Fool Fool" by Soft Abuse

Also, for a short time longer, Under the Radar in New Zealand is offering a full stream of the album complete with track-by-track comments from Stefan Neville himself.