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Sole And The Skyrider Band - Hello Cruel World - out on Equinox



Sole And The Skyrider Band Hello Cruel World
Sole And The Skyrider Band - Hello Cruel World
(CD/LP/Digital) Equinox Records EQX030, 2011-07-20

On Hello Cruel World, Sole aka Tim Holland returns with the Skyrider Band for his first full length since the split with Anticon, and his third album with the Skyrider Band. While much was made of Sole leaving the Anticon empire he helped create, there's a refreshing, new found confidence and focus not seen since his now-classic albums Selling Live Water and Bottle of Humans. Hello Cruel World sees Sole has assembled an army of the most exciting voices in indie culture to be apart of the new record, recruiting everyone from Lil B THEBASEDGOD, Xiu Xiu, Pictureplane, Sage Francis, Ceschi, and more, to create a pretty stunning tapestry that is a new high water mark in Sole's creative output.

Sole And The Skyrider Band Hello Cruel World
Sole And The Skyrider Band - Hello Cruel World
(CD/LP/Digital) Equinox Records EQX030, 2011-07-20

Sole And The Skyrider Band - Hello Cruel World (eqx-030) by Equinox Records

Tracklisting :
01. Napoleon feat. Xiu Xiu
02. D.I.Y
03. Hello Cruel World
04. Fire
05. Bad Captain Swing feat. Lil B & Pictureplane
06. We Will Not Be Moved feat. Ceschi & Noah 23
07. Possimism
08. Home Ain't Shit feat. Pedestrian
09. Formal Designation 134340
10. Immortality
11. Progress Trap feat. Sage Francis
12. Vaya Con El Diablo feat. Isaiah Toothtaker, Mestizo & Ceschi
13. Villon

Links :
Sole And The Skyrider Band : facebook | myspace
Sole : official | discogs | facebook | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Equinox Records : official | bandcamp | discogs | facebook | myspace | soundcloud | twitter | vimeo | youtube



Press Release :
On Hello Cruel World, Sole aka Tim Holland returns with the Skyrider Band for his first full length since the split with Anticon, and his third album with the Skyrider Band. While much was made of Sole leaving the Anticon empire he helped create, there's a refreshing, new found confidence and focus not seen since his now-classic albums Selling Live Water and Bottle of Humans. On Hello Cruel World sees Sole has assembled an army of the most exciting voices in indie culture to be apart of the new record, recruiting everyone from Lil B THEBASEDGOD, Xiu Xiu, Pictureplane, Sage Francis, Ceschi, and more, to create a pretty stunning tapestry that is a new high water mark in Sole's creative output.

Perhaps even more interesting, listeners will notice that Sole has adopted the most deliberate flow of his career--abandoning the freewheeling, hyper-timed assaults of his earlier work in favor of a biting clarity and all around accessibility. The record draws on the wealth of his newly found freedom, tapping into the positivity and ethics of a DIY tradition he has always known and embraced throughout his career - transforming his past cynicism into a call to arms and personal empowerment. The Skyrider Band itself has been similarly transformed; trading in their dense soundscapes and organic touchstones for an impeccable attention to detail and more studio-centric productions.

On Sole and the Skyrider Band's last record, Plastique, Sole claimed, "I've been digging my grave since age 15." Since then, he's been hard at work converting his grave into trenches that span from California to Barcelona, and the bottom of the ocean to the moon. Hello Cruel World occupies these trenches, steadfastly refusing to be flushed into a niche.

The album drops July 19th on CD, double vinyl (gatefold), and digital via Equinox Records in Europe.

Reviews:
"Mammoth of an album" - (XLR8R Magazine)
"Sole finds new life in Cruel World" - (CMJ)
"Sole is making a concerted effort to tailor his sound to the audience a bit more, and it's a brilliant concession." - (Mishka Bloglin)
"Tim Holland has left Anticon. This is where he is now and it's worth joining him. (4 of 5)" - (24/7 Magazine)

Band Biography :
Sole and the Skyrider Band formed in Flagstaff, AZ, the summer of 2006. Sole, founder and former member of anticon records, a pioneer of the indie/alternative hip hop movement, teamed up with the Orlando psychedelic trio to explore the idea of a post-rock experimental hip-hop aesthetic. From '07- '09, the band toured the globe relentlessly, sharing the stage with bands from all genres of music. In 2008, Skyrider relocated to Los Angeles, where their post-rock sound became informed by its proximity to what would later become the "LA Beat" scene. Around this time, Sole was thoughtfully refining his anarchistic stream of consciousness rants into a tangible modern pop-rap format.

In the summer of 2010, most of the band found themselves living in Denver, CO, where they combined these influences to create a bold new sound that marks a new step for the band. Sole and the Skyrider Band can be described as electronic rap inspired by current movements in gangster rap, progressive electronic and neo-classical music. The band explores a wide range of emotion and composition, from club anthems to dark melodic introspection to cinematic hip-hop.

Their new album Hello Cruel World will be released on Fake Four, Inc. July 19th, 2011.
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