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The North Wind and the Sun

by The Green Kingdom

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    Pre-order of The North Wind and the Sun. You get 4 tracks 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.

    or Subscribe to the Lost Tribe Sound: A Prelude to Decline (Subscription Series) to receive 'The North Wind and the Sun' digitally at a discount and a whole lot more here: losttribesound.bandcamp.com/album/prelude-to-the-decline-subscription-series
    releases August 4, 2017

      $9 USD  or more

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    • 140gm 12" Black Lacquer Cut Vinyl
    • Limited to 175 Editions house in a matte jacket
    • Mastered for Vinyl & Digital by Taylor Deupree
    • Full Color artwork by Joe Borreson
    • Bandcamp DL Coupon for the album
    • Vinyl & Plates made by Gotta Groove
    • Vinyl sleeved in interior black poly-lined sleeve
    • Housed in a Japanese resealable sleeve
    • Vinyl ships with cardboard stiffeners and special corner protected shipping boxes to help prevent any shipping damage to this special edition.

    IMPORTANT: 'The North Wind and the Sun' will release digitally on August 7th, 2017 and all orders will receive a digital copy at that time. The vinyl was put into production but may take a month or two more to arrive (estimated ship date Aug/Sept 2017), since this was originally slated as a cassette only release. Never-the-less it will be well worth the wait.

    PRE-ORDER ITEM: This item is a pre-order item. If ordered at the same time as other currently available titles, all physical editions will ship on the date that the last pre-order item is released.

    Subscribe to the Lost Tribe Sound: Prelude to the Decline (Subscription Series) to receive 'Eagle Hunters' at a discount and a whole lot more here: losttribesound.bandcamp.com/album/a-prelude-to-decline-subscription-series

    Includes digital pre-order of The North Wind and the Sun. You get 4 tracks 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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    shipping out on or around August 4, 2017
    edition of 175 

      $25 USD or more 

     

1.
Signs and Wonders
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3.
Rusted Relic I
4.
Virescent
5.
Unnamed Lands
6.
03:28
7.
The Beacon Tree
8.
Rusted Relic II
9.
Silt
10.
11.
Ramshacklet
12.
Rusted Relic III
13.
Children of Light
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about

Subscribe to the Lost Tribe Sound: A Prelude to Decline (Subscription Series) to receive 'The North Wind and the Sun' at a discount and a whole lot more here: losttribesound.bandcamp.com/album/prelude-to-the-decline-subscription-series

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If one is searching for a beacon of light in Lost Tribe Sound’s undeniably dark roster of releases this year, look no further.  The Green Kingdom’s new full-length album ’The North Wind and the Sun’ is like a cool breeze on a heated summer day.  Perhaps music this gentle feels out of place, even glutinous, given the currently harsh climate of the world, yet the truth may be that we need it now more than ever.  Music like this offers an opportunity to pause, to regain our center, to shift focus towards bettering our surroundings versus cursing them.  

With over a decade of creating albums of the dusted-down ambient electronic variety, The Green Kingdom has finely honed his abilities to express these concepts of transformation in a non-verbal way, utilizing a deft blend of majestic post-rock style guitar, rolling bass and an unusual palette of acoustic instrumentation weaving them into a wide variety of electronic gear and synths. On a mission to find the right dose of aural sanity, Michigan native, Michael Cottone (aka The Green Kingdom) has experimented with a wide variety of electronic styles from dub to drone, yet his strongest efforts were perhaps born of his electro-acoustic works. His greatest strengths center around his ability to write some of the most ear pleasing melodies imaginable.

Of course, here at headquarters we pondered what would happen if Cottone abandoned the majority of his electronic equipment and limited his arsenal to nearly all acoustic instrumentation? It’s a similar question to the one we proposed to Cock & Swan back in the day, with their exceptional album ‘Stash’. Asking Cottone kindly, he obliged. After a number of months of trial and error TGK delivered us this experiment, titled 'The North Wind and The Sun.' We were floored, not only is the music still undeniably that of The Green Kingdom, it seems to exude a new sense of wonder and confidence.

'The North Wind and the Sun' is the aural equivalent of the fondest, hazy memories gleamed from childhood days past. The melodies are playful and comforting like womb-filtered lullabies. While this new delivery may shock some familiar with TGK’s previous outings, Cottone seems quite comfortable with this new primarily acoustic set of sounds, inventing his own heart-warming brand of Americana.

That said, the music pays respects to its roots, no doubt recalling the more pastoral, primitive works of William Ryan Fritch, Western Skies Motel and John Fahey, the woozy mechanically-inclined folk of Boards of Canada or Part Timer, the bright, sincere melodies of Amiina or mbira virtuoso Richard Crandell. Throughout the thirteen song album, 'The North Wind and the Sun,' The Green Kingdom gives us a very intimate look behind the curtain, one brimming with personality, a tender collection of homespun reveries one can tell has been building in Cottone’s mind for years. This is a rare and sublime new direction for TGK, one we hope he continues to develop upon for years to come.

It should be noted, this is the first ever chance to own The Green Kingdom’s music on vinyl. 'The North Wind…' was originally slated to release on cassette only, but when handed this much beauty it seemed only right to honor it with vinyl. Limited to 175 hand-numbered copies, ‘The North Wind and the Sun’ is being pressed onto high quality lacquer cut vinyl. The album was mastered for vinyl and digital by Taylor Deupree at 12K Mastering, who’s skills have served us well over many vinyl endeavors including Western Skies Motel’s 'Settlers', Mute Forest’s 'Deforestation', and the upcoming From the Mouth of the Sun album arriving in the fall of 2017. The Green Kindgom’s new album is also part of Lost Tribe Sound’s 10 album subscription series, entitled, ‘Prelude to the Decline’. For more information on the Series visit: losttribesound.bandcamp.com/album/prelude-to-the-decline-subscription-series

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credits

releases August 4, 2017

All Tracks performed, produced and mixed by The Green Kingdom
Mastered by Taylor Deupree at 12K Mastering
Photograph by Joe Borreson (www.dustclouddesign.com)
Layout and Design by Joe Borreson & Ryan Keane
Published by Settled Scores LLC (ASCAP)
Copyright Michael Cottone / Lost Tribe Sound, LLC

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The Green Kingdom Shelby Township, Michigan

The Green Kingdom is Michael Cottone, a graphic designer and sound artist based in Michigan. Interested in creating compositions which blur the lines between soundscape and structure while keeping a sharp focus on melody, his pieces are crafted using a variety of instruments, electronic sources, sampled textures and field recordings. ... more

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