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OlogyThe push-and-pull that drives Gallant's music is like a pendulum swinging back and forth between genres and influences. His combination of muscular vocal acrobatics and sonic unpredictability has attracted universal tastemaker praise and a growing fan base. Complex championed the Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter as The R&B game changer, LA Times claimed, Precise writing of Frank Ocean, big vocal runs of Sam Smith, and NME predicted, the voice that will redefine R&B, while Entertainment Weekly, The Fader, Billboard, and more have shown support. Sir Elton John summed it up best saying, Gallant is gonna be huge.
Gallant has been on this pursuit since junior high. Growing up in Columbia, MD, he began tinkering on his computer and making songs after school inspired by everything from nineties R&B to classic jazz and blues. Rather than write in a journal, the music collated his feelings and emotions. He'd rarely share it with friends though. While attending NYU, he enrolled in summer school, so he could graduate early. Post-graduation and countless hours of meticulous practice later, he was finally ready to share his songs to the world at large.
His first online release If It Hurts would establish him in the blogosphere, while 2014's Zebra EP landed him on Spotify's viral charts and at the top of HypeM. Signing to Mind of a Genius in 2015 and relocating to L.A., he dove into creating what would become Ology with co-producers such as Stint. The first single Weight In Gold enjoyed its world premiere on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio show as the introductory entry in the coveted World's First segment. In less than six months, it accumulated over 6.5 million Spotify streams.
As Gallant continues on his search, he leaves a message on the path. If people can hear I'm not doing this to feed any ego or serve someone else, that's all I want, he leaves off. I'm trying to create a photo album I can look back on to see where I've overcome challenges. I'm using music as a means of self-discovery. If my songs help somebody do the same thing or realize art can help us improve ourselves, I'd be honored.LP 1
2. Talking to Myself
5. Bone + Tissue
6. Oh, Universe
7. Weight in Gold
2. Open Up
3. Skipping Stones (feat. JhenÉ Aiko)
6. Weight in Gold (Brasstracks Remix)$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Two GallantsChildhood friends since age five, Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel have sustained longevity that few people, let alone band members, can claim. Merging intelligent lyrics that often integrate historical references and human experiences beyond their own familiarity, they captivate listeners with their unique breed of folk, punk, and blues. Adam's raw melodies and razor sharp vocals deliver haunting, dirgy poetics amidst Tyson's synergistic drumming style and striking harmonies, further defining Two Gallants' sound.1. The Deader
2. Miss Meri
3. The Hand That Held Me Down
4. Trembling of the Rose
5. Reflections of the Marionette
6. Ribbons 'Round My Tongue
7. Despite What You've Been Told
8. Fly Low Carrion Crow
9. My Baby's Gone$19.9912 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
What The Toll TellsOn their second full-length, Two Gallants weave urgent back-alley storytelling with no-frills instrumentation that alternately boils with visceral fervor and mourns with plaintive restraint. The youthful duo play a strain of rock that falls somewhere between folk, punk, and old-time blues and the resulting sound is much more than the sum of its parts. Two Gallants draw on Old West images and themes of revenge, redemption, and shifty morality to create wide-swinging moods trafficking in brash ferocity, repentant regret, and freewheelin' Americana.1. Las Cruces Jail
2. Steady Rollin'
3. Some Slender Rest
4. Long Summer Day
5. Prodigal Sun, The
7. 16th St. Dozens
8. Age of Assassins
9. Waves of Grain
10. Big Lucille
11. Negrophilia Blues$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Scenery of FarewellKnown for their aggressive, electric live shows, Two Gallants have fostered a dual musical personality by occasionally recording and playing songs with a more stripped down sound. Since the band's extensive touring schedule left little time for proper rehearsals, some of these songs always meant for an album evolved in such places as sound checks and radio show appearances, where it was more conducive for them to be performed. This collection of acoustic-based songs will be followed by a full-length in September 2007.1. Seems Like Home to Me
3. Up the Country
4. All Your Faithless Loyalties
5. Linger On$13.9912 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
We Are UndoneThe San Francisco based guitar-drum duo Two Gallants are set to release their 5th studio album, We Are Undone, on ATO Records. While singer and guitarist Adam Stephens and drummer Tyson Vogel have stayed true to the two-person format since their acclaimed 2004 debut, The Throes, their sound has evolved considerably over the intervening years. Following 2012's The Bloom and the Blight, We Are Undone is the band's second release on ATO. Thematically, the album ranges from songs that attempt to make sense of the dramatically shifting social landscape of their home town, to the illusion of authenticity, impending environmental collapse, and romantic estrangement. Sonically, the thrash blues of songs such as "We Are Undone" and "Some Trouble" is balanced by the austerity of ballads such as "My Man Go" and "There's So Much I Don't Know."1. We Are Undone
3. Fools Like Us
4. Invitation To The Funeral
5. My Man Go
6. Katy Kruelly
8. Murder The Season / The Age Nocturne
9. There's So Much I Don't Know$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The ThroesIf rock music is all about transience, how can a song born decades ago still rev up the engines of romance? 'Tangled Up in Blue', for instance, is a tale of fading love, but the power and significance of the song itself is timeless. Rock 'n' roll is often an expression of youth or youth's passing, but when music (or any art) endures, its magnetism is only amplified with the passage of years. For that reason, and because the best songs are usually pinned by the listener to some quintessential moment, the classics become classic. Passion is a fleeting feeling, but the best art will evoke that feeling with every exposure. So when youth produces a work of such force, when the raw or supposedly naïve artist comes up with something universal, critics and fans rejoice. We want to latch on to a beautiful thing before its green genius withers under the glare of success. Such is the case with Two Gallants' debut The Throes. The San Francisco duo responsible for this gut-wrenching musical tragedy both just turned 21, yet somehow their musical hindsight extends far beyond recent memory and taps into a rusty vein swollen with grief, heartache and violent desperation.
- Jonathan Zwickel/Pitchfork1. You Losin' Out
2. Two Days Short Tomorrow
3. Nothing To You
4. Crow Jane
5. Fail Hard To Regain
6. The Throes
7. Drive My Car
8. My Madonna
9. The Train That Stole My Man$26.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Bloom And The BlightTwo Gallants, the San Francisco folk-punk duo prone to accidents and police raids, spent roughly four years on hiatus before making this album. You might suspect their primary motivation was staying in one piece and out of the slammer. But the time apart also had an unintended, quite positive consequence: It gave childhood friends Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel time to recharge their batteries and come back with their most cohesive set of music yet. Now signed to Dave Matthews' ATO Records, the group that got its start playing impromptu shows outside the 16th Street BART Station still retains its scrappy charm, whether pounding through fuzzy, primal ditties such as Song of Songs or making like Dylan on the gorgeous ballad Broken Eyes. Here's hoping they survive the promotion cycle.1. Halcyon Days
2. Song Of Songs
3. My Love Won't Wait
4. Broken Eyes
5. Ride Away
7. Winter's Youth
9. Cradle Pyre
10. Sunday Souvenir$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The DevotionalsLimited Edition Vinyl LP
The Devotionals is Tyson Vogel from Two Gallants' solo project. Two Gallants' debut album The Throes was released in 2004 on Alive Naturalsound while the two Saddle Creek albums What The Toll Tells (2006) and Two Gallants (2007) followed. The Devotionals music is based around Tyson's guitar compositions, with Anton Patzner (Judgment Day, Bright Eyes) invigorating the musical space with his violin mastery, and they are joined by various guests and collaborators. The result is a unique combination of simplicity and raw emotion that will delight new and old fans of Two Gallants, a kind of street music with nods to Rachmaninov and John Fahey. Recorded entirely in analog.1. Toil and Joy
3. Morning Due
4. Toil Pt.2
5. Chest Like Expansive Wings
6. Your Confused Beauty Upon My Cheek (Your Inhale Among My Unwashed Hair)
7. Swell to The Invitations of The Sky (Intro)
8. Swell to The Invitations of The Sky
9. Heart: The Inevitable Music Box
10. Buildings of Heart$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
We Live On CliffsThe solo debut from Adam Haworth Stephens, lead singer and songwriter of San Francisco duo Two Gallants, spotlights his ability to craft compelling and intelligent songs that have forged an intimate and emotional bond with fans and captivated critics with words so personal theyre universal.
From beginning to end, We Live On Cliffs is a shimmering blend of alternative folk with a pop sensibility full of first-person narratives that when combined create a marvelously eclectic collection. And while there is a natural bridge between Two Gallants and Stephens solo work, these songs contain an introspection and musical diversity that has not been touched on before. The record is Stephens most ambitious work to date and his storytelling is as illuminating as ever, further establishing him as a talented and important songwriter.
Produced by Grammy Award winner Joe Chiccarelli, We Live On Cliffs features Stephens on vocals, guitar and piano alongside a host of guest musicians including Patrick Hallahan and Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket), Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Joey Waronker, Cody Votolato (Blood Brothers/Jaguar Love), Mike Daly, Petra Haden, Andy Cabic (Vetiver) and current band members Jen Grady, Matt Montgomery and Omar Cuellar.1. Praises in Your Name
2. Second Mind
3. With Vengeance Come
4. Heights of Diamond
5. The Cities That Youve Burned
7. Southern Lights
9. Everyday I Fall$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 11 & 20 (Speakers Corner)If you want to get to the bottom of the cheerfulness and gallantry in Mozart's oeuvre, you can do no better than taking as a contrast one of his compositions that has always been described as gloomy and demonic.
Putting aside the often-cited vocal heavyweights such as Don Giovanni and Requiem, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466 occupies a distinguished position as a resonant counterpart to the charming music he wrote for social occasions in that it takes on a new dimension in his instrumental music. The choice of a minor key, unusual for a concerto, lends a dramatic tone to the composition, whereby the soloist and orchestra engage with one another in sharp contrast. Rudolf Serkin, one of the greatest interpreters of Mozart's piano works, allows the immense energy of this concerto to slip through his fingers with due care. He battles his way through the weighty first movement with enthusiasm and verve, lets his fingertips dance daintily through the cantilena of the Romance, and then rousingly celebrates the passionate and fiery Finale with a bell-like touch.
On the reverse side the Festival Orchestra rounds off this inspiring performance with the filigree and charmingly effervescent Concerto in F major, K. 413 from Mozart's Viennese period - as cheerful as it is gallant.
- Rudolf Serkin (piano)
- The Marlboro Festival Orchestra conducted by Alexander Schneider
Recording: August 1957 in Marlboro, VT
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.Piano Concerto No. 20 In D Minor
III- Rondo; Allegro Assai
Piano Concerto No. 11 In F Major
III- Tempo Di Menuetto$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now