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Purgatory/Paradise (rsd 20)

fire records



record store day 2020 - 2lp + download

Released: 29th Aug 2020

£22.99


Originally released in 2013, 'Purgatory/Paradise' gets reissued on double vinyl with a gatefold sleeve.

Emerging ten years from a hiatus, it’s a formidable 32 track opus of tangible bliss from the alt-rock heroes. Devised as a book with essays by Kristin Hersh with art by drummer Dave Narcizo, it’s a fractured album about loss, most tracks are short, broken, some are even reprises. Everything is tentative with memories listed in order of disappearance - includes ‘Milan’ about a neighbourhood in New Orleans where Hersh’s house was destroyed by hurricane Katrina, ‘Static’ that deals with a close loss of a close friend and ‘Terra Nova’ an ode to the band’s first break up. “The songs still bewitchingly combine beauty and tension.” The Guardian // ★★★★ Pitchfork // 2000 copies worldwide.

Purgatory/Paradise (rsd 20)

Tracklist

  1. Smoky Hands 1
  2. Freesia
  3. Morning Birds 1
  4. Curtains
  5. Sleepwalking 2
  6. Triangle Quantico
  7. Sunray Venus
  8. Morning Birds
  9. Cherry Candy 1
  10. Lazy Eye
  11. Film
  12. Blurry
  13. Opiates
  14. Folding Fire
  15. Cherry Candy 2
  16. Slippershell
  17. Bluff
  18. Clark's Nutcracker
  19. Blurry
  20. Dripping Trees
  21. Terra Nova
  22. Sleepwalking
  23. Walking Talking
  24. Smoky Hands
  25. Milan
  26. Speedbath
  27. Curtains
  28. Quick
  29. Folding Fire
  30. Dripping Trees
  31. Static
  32. Glass Cats