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La Luz - La Luz - Instrumentals Record Store Day 2022 Vinyl Edition
La Luz - La Luz
La Luz
La Luz
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Hardly Art)
24,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Initial run of the LP will be pressed on an Eco-Friendly Recycled Vinyl Mystery Colour! On their self-titled fourth album, La Luz launch themselves into a new realm of emotional intimacy for a collection of songs steeped in the mysteries of the natural world and the magic of human chemistry that has found manifestation in the musical ESP between guitarist and songwriter Shana Cleveland, bassist Lena Simon, and keyboardist Alice Sandahl. To help shape La Luz, the band found a kindred spirit in producer Adrian Younge. Though primarily known for his work with hip-hop, soul, and jazz acts, Younge saw in La Luz a shared vision that transcended genre. "We both create music with the same attitude, and that's what I love about them," he says. "They are never afraid to be risky and their style is captivating. It was an honor to work with them." The result is an album that is both the most naturalistic and psychedelic of the band's career. All the elements of classic La Luz are still present-the lush harmonies, the impeccable musicianship, the gorgeous melodies-but it's a richer, earthier iteration, replete with inorganic sounds that mimic the surreality of nature-the humming of invisible bugs, the atmospheric sizzle of a hot day. After spending the last few years living in rural northern California, Cleveland's lyrics have become more grounded, less interested in traveling to other dimensions than in peeking behind the curtain of this one. With sounds ranging from ghostly electric guitar shimmers, charging fuzz-guitar rock, soulful organ-driven dream-funk, galactic synths, and breezy '70s folk-pop, La Luz is an album that celebrates love - of music, of friendship, of life in all its forms.
My Idea - Cry Mfer Red Vinyl Edition
My Idea
Cry Mfer Red Vinyl Edition
LP | 2022 | US | Original (Hardly Art)
24,99 €*
Release:2022 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Hardly Art debut by new, NY-based duo Lily Konigsberg (of Palberta) and Nate Amos (Water From Your Eyes). This album follows a 2020 digital EP on Hardly Art . The closer you are to someone, the crueller you can treat them, but if they love you, they're inclined to forgive you. My Idea's Lily Konigsberg and Nate Amos forgive each other now, but they were in a bad way when they recorded CRY Mfer - which is not to say their debut album is some kind of sonic bum out. CRY Mfer proves you can still make pop music while spiralling, as evidenced by the existence of "Breathe You," a bop all about fucking Nate constructed while "high as shit in my room making fun of Justin Bieber," the vocals of which Lily tracked while "blindly sad" and "genuinely devastated." They're best friends now, and they were best friends when they recorded CRY Mfer last year, but they didn't know that yet. ("We definitely were like, oh, maybe we're in love?" Lily recalls: it was a confusing time.) CRY Mfer is the sound of two people figuring out what they mean to one another "in the midst of," quote Nate, "a bunch of other chaos," up to and including being drunk as skunks; when listening to the album, Nate can "smell" the aforementioned chaos. "Thank God we're not those people [anymore]," Lily, with the clarity of newfound sobriety, marvels. When not using the other party as an emotional punching bag, Nate and Lily used one another as a creative filter and sounding board. In life, as in art, they share a language, a hive mind, finishing each other's sentences while lounging on Lily's parents' couch in the Hudson Valley. The duo joined forces in the Fall of 2020, when Lily, after a few years gobbing away in the punk trio Palberta, solicited Nate (who, at the time, was popping away as half of dance duo Water From Your Eyes) as a potential producer for her solo record; the subsequent song writing competition that followed resulted in dozens of tracks and one EP, That's My Idea. No strangers to productivity, Nate's Water From Your Eyes recently released their fifth album, and Lily recently released her solo LP, both to high marks. CRY Mfer is, true to the band's vision, a beautiful mess of different sounds, completely and effortlessly genre less (though if pressed to label it, the band settles on "Truth or Dare Pop"). While a milieu of myriad styles, from folk to dance, the album's main through-line is truth, regardless of how much the expression thereof may hurt. Its lyrics aren't "particularly diary-ish," Nate says, they're "a little more_" "Diarrhea-ish," Lily jokes. It's a reaction against the self-seriousness that runs rampant throughout indie music, which comes as no surprise when you learn the duo originally wanted to call themselves The Grammys (Why? Because when the two of them started working together, "we were like, we're gonna get a Grammy," Lily says). They aren't ashamed to admit they listen to Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber, in much the same way they aren't ashamed to use a vocoder or lyrically play the heel. My Idea has only just begun, but already misery is in the rear-view. CRY Mfer is a punisher, to be sure, but it's also a banger; reflecting on the time period during which it was recorded, Nate breathes a sigh of relief: "Oof. Well, we made it, and we got something out of it, too." And so, dear listener, have you.
Lala Lala - I Want The Door To Open
Lala Lala
I Want The Door To Open
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Hardly Art)
24,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Initial Lp Copies On Clear With Aluminium High Melt Vinyl!Follow-Up To Lala Lala's Acclaimed 2018 Sophomore Album, The Lamb, Which Pitchfork Called "A Major Leap Musically And An Unflinching Reflection On The Courage Of Rejecting Easy Comforts."Co-Produced By Lillie West Of Lala Lala And Yoni Wolf Of Why?. Features Contributions From Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie / The Postal Service), Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Poet Kara Jackson, Ohmme, Adam Schatz Of Landlady, Sen Morimoto, Christian Lee Hutson, And Kaina Castillo."I Want Total Freedom, Total Possibility, Total Acceptance. I Want To Fall In Love With The Rock." That's How Lillie West Describes The Theme Of "Diver," The Song She Calls The Thesis Of Lala Lala's Third Record, I Want The Door To Open. The Rock In Question Is A Reference To Sisyphus, The Mythical Figure Doomed By The Gods To Forever Push A Boulder Up From The Depths Of Hell. To West, It Is The Perfect Metaphor For, In Her Words, "The Labor Of Living, Of Figuring Out Who You Are, What's Wrong With You, What's Right With You."Coming Off Of 2018's Acclaimed The Lamb, An Introspective Indie Rock Album Recorded Live With A Th...
Colleen Green - Cool
Colleen Green
Cool
Tape | 2021 | US | Original (Hardly Art)
12,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Colleen Green Has Always Been Cool, But On 2015's I Want To Grow Up, She Didn't Necessarily Feel It. Too Young To Be Free Of Insecurities But Old Enough To Be Sick Of Them Running Her Life, Green Was Experiencing An Existential Crisis. Five Years And A New Album Later, We Find Her Parsing Out What It Means To Be Grown-Up-And Realizing That It's Actually Pretty Cool. Opener "Someone Else" Is A Paean To Power In Which Green Lets A Lover Know That Double Standards Can Go Both Ways. A Groovy Bass Loop And Zig-Zagging Guitar Lines Underscore Her Realization That Happiness Is In Her Own Hands, And The Vibe Is Set. Next Up Is The Witty, Catchy "I Wanna Be A Dog," Where Green Celebrates The Simplicity Of A Canine Life And Questions Why She's Still Overcomplicating Her Own. Dark And Slinky "Highway" Uses Ruthless Driving As A Metaphor For A Lifestyle That No Longer Interests Her. Burnt Out On Bad Feelings And Ready To Have Fun With Melodies And Beats, Green Enlisted Producer Gordon Raphael (The Strokes) To Take Her Songs To Higher Ground While Keeping Her Lo-Fi Aesthetic Intact. Raphael Was Already A Fan, Having Caught A Show In L.A. And Finding Himself "Struck By How Confident And Powerful She Looked, Even Though She Was The Only One Onstage." He Agreed To Take The Gig, And Together With Drummer Brendan Eder And Hip Hop Producer Aqua Over A Few Weeks In Los Angeles, Cool Was Created. The Album's Themes Come Together On The Anthemic "It's Nice To Be Nice," Green's Reminder To Herself That You Get What You Give, So It's Important To Try And Be The Best Person You Can-A Hard-Won But Essential Lesson In The Emotional Maturity That Defines Cool.
Colleen Green - Cool
Colleen Green
Cool
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Hardly Art)
24,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Initial Run Of The Lp Will Be Pressed On Clear Vinyl With Black And White Smoky Swirls! Colleen Green Has Always Been Cool, But On 2015's I Want To Grow Up, She Didn't Necessarily Feel It. Too Young To Be Free Of Insecurities But Old Enough To Be Sick Of Them Running Her Life, Green Was Experiencing An Existential Crisis. Five Years And A New Album Later, We Find Her Parsing Out What It Means To Be Grown-Up-And Realizing That It's Actually Pretty Cool. Opener "Someone Else" Is A Paean To Power In Which Green Lets A Lover Know That Double Standards Can Go Both Ways. A Groovy Bass Loop And Zig-Zagging Guitar Lines Underscore Her Realization That Happiness Is In Her Own Hands, And The Vibe Is Set. Next Up Is The Witty, Catchy "I Wanna Be A Dog," Where Green Celebrates The Simplicity Of A Canine Life And Questions Why She's Still Overcomplicating Her Own. Dark And Slinky "Highway" Uses Ruthless Driving As A Metaphor For A Lifestyle That No Longer Interests Her. Burnt Out On Bad Feelings And Ready To Have Fun With Melodies And Beats, Green Enlisted Producer Gordon Raphael (The Strokes) To Take Her Songs To Higher Ground While Keeping Her Lo-Fi Aesthetic Intact. Raphael Was Already A Fan, Having Caught A Show In L.A. And Finding Himself "Struck By How Confident And Powerful She Looked, Even Though She Was The Only One Onstage." He Agreed To Take The Gig, And Together With Drummer Brendan Eder And Hip Hop Producer Aqua Over A Few Weeks In Los Angeles, Cool Was Created. The Album's Themes Come Together On The Anthemic "It's Nice To Be Nice," Green's Reminder To Herself That You Get What You Give, So It's Important To Try And Be The Best Person You Can-A Hard-Won But Essential Lesson In The Emotional Maturity That Defines Cool.
La Luz - La Luz
La Luz
La Luz
Tape | 2021 | US | Original (Hardly Art)
12,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Initial run of the LP will be pressed on an Eco-Friendly Recycled Vinyl Mystery Colour! On their self-titled fourth album, La Luz launch themselves into a new realm of emotional intimacy for a collection of songs steeped in the mysteries of the natural world and the magic of human chemistry that has found manifestation in the musical ESP between guitarist and songwriter Shana Cleveland, bassist Lena Simon, and keyboardist Alice Sandahl. To help shape La Luz, the band found a kindred spirit in producer Adrian Younge. Though primarily known for his work with hip-hop, soul, and jazz acts, Younge saw in La Luz a shared vision that transcended genre. "We both create music with the same attitude, and that's what I love about them," he says. "They are never afraid to be risky and their style is captivating. It was an honor to work with them." The result is an album that is both the most naturalistic and psychedelic of the band's career. All the elements of classic La Luz are still present-the lush harmonies, the impeccable musicianship, the gorgeous melodies-but it's a richer, earthier iteration, replete with inorganic sounds that mimic the surreality of nature-the humming of invisible bugs, the atmospheric sizzle of a hot day. After spending the last few years living in rural northern California, Cleveland's lyrics have become more grounded, less interested in traveling to other dimensions than in peeking behind the curtain of this one. With sounds ranging from ghostly electric guitar shimmers, charging fuzz-guitar rock, soulful organ-driven dream-funk, galactic synths, and breezy '70s folk-pop, La Luz is an album that celebrates love - of music, of friendship, of life in all its forms.
Marinero - Hella Love
Marinero
Hella Love
Tape | 2021 | US | Original (Hardly Art)
12,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Hella Love, The Hardly Art Debut From Marinero, Is An Album About Closing A Chapter. It's Jess Sylvester's Grand Farewell, And Love Letter To His Hometown And The Place He Grew Up, The San Francisco Bay Area, Before Relocating To Los Angeles After Finishing His Debut Release. Using The Moniker Marinero (Which Means "Sailor" In Spanish), Jess Sylvester Was Drawn To This Name As A Means To Honor His Parent's Stories -- His Father, A Sailor, And Mother, A Mexican-American Who Grew Up In San Francisco. This Record Blends Many Worlds From Beginning To End, And As You Go Deeper It Hits Harder. It's His Goodbye To The Bay. Pulling Sonic Influences From Classic Latin American Groups And International Composers From The 60's & 70's: Los Terricolas, Ennio Morricone, Esquivel, Carole King And, Serge Gainsbourg Hella Love Finds Sylvester Fusing Classical Arrangements With A Variety Of Different Genres, Evoking A Sonic Nostalgia Blended With Other Contemporary Artists Like Chicano Batman, Connan Mockasin, And Chris Cohen. The Album Was Written, Played, And Produced By Jes...
Marinero - Hella Love
Marinero
Hella Love
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Hardly Art)
23,74 €* 24,99 € -5%
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Initial Run Of The Lp Will Be Pressed On Yellow Vinyl!Hella Love, The Hardly Art Debut From Marinero, Is An Album About Closing A Chapter. It's Jess Sylvester's Grand Farewell, And Love Letter To His Hometown And The Place He Grew Up, The San Francisco Bay Area, Before Relocating To Los Angeles After Finishing His Debut Release. Using The Moniker Marinero (Which Means "Sailor" In Spanish), Jess Sylvester Was Drawn To This Name As A Means To Honor His Parent's Stories -- His Father, A Sailor, And Mother, A Mexican-American Who Grew Up In San Francisco. This Record Blends Many Worlds From Beginning To End, And As You Go Deeper It Hits Harder. It's His Goodbye To The Bay. Pulling Sonic Influences From Classic Latin American Groups And International Composers From The 60's & 70's: Los Terricolas, Ennio Morricone, Esquivel, Carole King And, Serge Gainsbourg Hella Love Finds Sylvester Fusing Classical Arrangements With A Variety Of Different Genres, Evoking A Sonic Nostalgia Blended With Other Contemporary Artists Like Chicano Batman, Connan Mockasin, And Chris Co...
Girl Friday - Androgynous Mary
Girl Friday
Androgynous Mary
LP | 2020 | US | Original (Hardly Art)
14,29 €* 21,99 € -35%
Release:2020 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Burning deep in Girl Friday's music is an unquenchable will to survive. The LA-based band don't blunt the impact of the themes they work through in their ferocious, knotty rock songs, but they don't let the more harrowing aspects of being alive and young in the 21st century daunt them, either. Dystopian shades of post-punk and noise rock abound alongside abundant optimism on Girl Friday's arresting debut LP, Androgynous Mary. The world is a hellscape, but the four of them are in it together. With bold, dramatic guitar lines and tightly wound vocal harmonies, Girl Friday - guitarist Vera Ellen, bassist Libby Hsieh, guitarist Sierra Scott, drummer Virginia Pettis - negotiate the stress and alienation of being sidelined by society. "Does the average man feel like he's on the outside?" goes the beginning of "Public Bodies," a wistful jangle-pop gem that shudders open into a snarling punk coda. Taking cues from boundary-pushers Sonic Youth, Girl Friday favor the rush of jarring turns over the safety of well-defined pop taxonomy. Looking to queer provocateurs like Placebo, they cherish the frisson of incongruous musical elements: "really dark, heavy things mashed up with quite beautiful things, whether that be a distorted guitar line and a sentimental vocal or vice versa," as Ellen puts it. That duality dovetails with the thematic friction running through the album, the alternating despair and hope that intertwine in the fight to survive as disenfranchised people in the US. Written during a year of personal struggle for all four band members, Androgynous Mary reflects the solace they took in each other -- as a band, but also as a microcommunity and a chosen family. On the record's final song, "I Hope Jason Is Happy," Girl Friday sing in unison: "My head is on your chest / In the end I'll be happy if you do your best / You've got to fight to keep your breath in this world." It's a testament to the power of their bond, and a gesture of solidarity with those listening. Alone, we suffer under the weight of everything designed to keep us down. Together, we stand a fighting chance. Girl Friday place their hope squarely on that chance.
Chastity Belt - Chastity Belt
Chastity Belt
Chastity Belt
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Hardly Art)
21,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Vinyl includes mp3 coupon.Initial run of vinyl will be on Light Green transparent.Chastity Belt talks a lot about intention these days-how to be more present with each other. The four piece-Julia Shapiro (vocals, guitar, drums), Lydia Lund (vocals, guitar), Gretchen Grimm (drums, vocals, guitar) and Annie Truscott (bass)-is nine years deep in this, after all. It seems now, more than ever, that circuit is a movement of intentionality, one that creates a space inside which they can be themselves, among themselves. It's a space where the euphoria of making music with your best friends is protected from the outside world's churning expectations. It's a kind of safe zone for the band to occupy as their best selves: a group of friends who love each other. Their fourth record, Chastity Belt, comes out of that safe space. After a restorative few months on hiatus in 2018, each member worked on solo material or toured with other bands. "So much of the break was reminding ourselves to stay present, and giving ourselves permission to stop without saying when were gonna meet up again," says guitarist Lydia Lund. "It was so important to have that-not saying, 'we're gonna get back together at this point,' but really just open it up so we could get back to our present connection." Their experience navigating adult life within the strange seasons of the music industry has Chastity Belt orienting themselves towards whatever gets them to feel the most present with each other, in any part of the band grind. With the luxury of spending several weeks in the studio with Jay Som's Melina Duterte, Chastity Belt was able to experiment. The new self-titled album is the work of the band playing "old songs, and trying new things on top of it," like adding more dynamic harmonies and violin, says bassist Annie Truscott. Lydia, Gretchen, and Julia all share lead vocals on different tracks on the album. The result is their most sonically developed and nuanced record yet; one that's not only a product of, but a series of reflections on wha...
Lala Lala - Sleepyhead
Lala Lala
Sleepyhead
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Hardly Art)
24,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
This pressing of Sleepyhead includes new artwork and LP copies arrive on cloud-colored vinyl. Originally released in October 2016 as a long-since sold-out self-released cassette, Hardly Art is proud to announce that Sleepyhead, the debut full-length from celebrated Chicago band Lala Lala, will be available for the first time ever on LP and CD (along with a new run of cassettes). Recorded in a basement over the course of five days during a typically-inhospitable Midwestern winter, Sleepyhead is an auspicious-if, at the time, criminally overlooked-debut effort from the young songwriter Lillie West and her then-lineup of supporting players (Abby Black on drums and Karl Bernasconi on bass). Unlike 2018's critically-acclaimed The Lamb, Sleepyhead is a rawer, more punked-up album with fewer lyrical metaphors obfuscating it's intimate, direct emotionality. Committed to tape in an urgent outburst of creative energy, the self-produced record eschews overdubs and takes unfussy aim at the listener's ears, heart, and the lump in their throat. Album standout "Fuck With Your Friends" was a breakthrough moment for West-it was the first song she ever wrote, one that tumbled out of her fully-formed, setting her on the path that's led to her recent successes. Its also emblematic of Sleepyhead's confessionalism and fearless forthrightness: "I drink more than I want to 'cause it makes you easier to talk to / And what you're saying is boring," West sings.
Shana Cleveland - Night Of The Worm Moon
Lala Lala - The Lamb
Chastity Belt - I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone Black Vinyl Edition
Chastity Belt
I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone Black Vinyl Edition
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Hardly Art)
21,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Chastity Belt are back with new album ’I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone’!

The record is being previewed with new single ‘Different Now’, which also has its own shiny video.

‘I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone’ is the follow-up to the band’s 2015 album ‘Time To Go Home’ and the new viddy for ‘Different Now’ parodies Temple of the Dog’s ‘Hunger Strike’ clip.
La Sera - Hour Of The Dawn
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