KELLEY STOLTZ – ” Antique Glow (20th Anniversary Expanded Edition)

Posted: November 7, 2021 in MUSIC
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Antique Glow (20th Anniversary Expanded Remaster)

Kelley Stoltz has shared “Umbrella,” a bonus track from the 20th anniversary expanded edition of his defining album “Antique Glow“, due November 19th, 2021 via Third Man Records. Stream the track HERE, and watch its accompanying video,

Limited-edition silver indie store exclusive vinyl and limited-edition “rainy nights” UK exclusive vinyl will be available on release day. Join Stoltz in celebrating the album’s release with a show at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall o

Third Man Records is proud to announce the 20th anniversary expanded edition of Kelley Stoltz’s defining album Antique Glow, Join Stoltz in celebrating the album’s release with a show at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall on November 19, featuring support from Vetiver and Almond Joy. Originally self-released in minuscule vinyl-only quantities in 2001, “Antique Glow” has served not only as a template for the length of Kelley Stoltz’s twenty-plus year career, but has also served as a compass for other Anglophile, TASCAM 388 home recording acolytes.

Original copies featured Stoltz’s clever, wry and fanciful hand-painted adornments overtop reclaimed thrift store LP jackets, Third Man’s release here utilizes some of those original unused images for a die-cut sleeve that ultimately gives the listener six different possible album covers. The songs are by-and-large masterpieces of bedroom pop magic. From the whispering “Here Comes the Sun”-adjacent acoustic underpinnings of album opener “Perpetual Night” through the fuzz-threaded leads of “Are You Electric?” Stoltz’s inspirations are impeccable and clear. Sixties Davies British Invasion through 80’s British Bunnymen post-punk, with appropriate off-shoots into West Coast American pop-psych, Velvets-indebted hooliganism and Drake/CSNY acoustic attenuations, the end result is pure joy.

On the expanded version, standout tracks previously relegated to an Australian tour-only CD (like the breathlessly cinematic “Old Pictures”) see their first-ever vinyl and digital release while there’s an additional 10 songs from the Antique Glow-era seeing their first ever release in any format. The cutting room floor quality here is second-to-none, Stoltz clearly gifted with the curse of writing too many indelible songs, so the newly released “Too Beck” (originally cast off by Kelley because he thought “it sounded too much like Beck”) and “Umbrella” stand firm as some of the best, most timeless music Stoltz has ever released… a full two decades after he recorded them! With all instruments and vocals performed by Stoltz, the singularity of vision here is impeccably clear and executed.

About Kelley Stoltz: Born and raised in suburban Detroit, Kelley Stoltz hopped off to NYC in the mid-Nineties with the mild task of sorting fan mail for Jeff Buckley. There, Stoltz recorded his debut album The Past Was Faster, which was barely released before the label declared bankruptcy and all copies were locked away in a government warehouse. Kelley truly came into his own upon his arrival to San Francisco. Landing a job at the classic neighbourhood record store Grooves and hunkered down in his apartment in the Mission with his trusty Tascam 388. Playing all the instruments himself, the end result of Antique Glow was a DIY bedroom masterpiece. With the initial self-released vinyl pressing of 300 copies each featured a thrift store LP jacket hand-painted with some clever, wry or fanciful adornments by Stoltz himself, the record took on a life of its own…ultimately finding its way into the hands of John Peel and earning Kelley a record deal with Sub Pop. From there, Stoltz’s prodigious output has never wavered. Through the intervening 11 full-length solo albums and a wide smattering of singles, side-projects etc, not to mention various production duties and even a spell as hired-gun axeman for Kelley’s childhood heroes Echo and the Bunnymen.

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