Grails | Zak Riles | Lilacs & Champagne

2013-09-16 10:19:33 UTC

Grails... Portland, United States (2003 – present)

Grails are an American instrumental rock band from Portland, Oregon. Initially the band ‘Laurel Canyon’ formed to play one show on a whim. In 2003 the band changed its name to Grails, just before the release of their first full-length album. They adopted a louder, more aggressive style, often switching instruments with each member writing songs that saw them branching out to increasingly disparate styles. They live in Portland but rarely play live in their hometown.

The group produced two releases while signed to Neurot Recordings - The Burden of Hope and Redlight. Additionally, they recorded the album Black Tar Prophecy, a collection of earlier EPs, for the Important Records label in Massachusetts. In 2006, they signed with indie label Temporary Residence Limited, who released their current album, titled Burning Off Impurities in March 2007. In March 2008 it was announced that Emil Amos joined OM and a new Grails record called Take Refuge In Clean Living was released May 13th on Important Records. Their latest album, “Doomsdayer’s Holiday” was released on October 7th, on Temporary Residence Limited.

[ Zak Riles ]Zak Riles is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in the Important band Grails (as well as M.Ward’s band). His creative contributions to the group are immeasurable and can be heard clearly on this self titled debut solo outing. In fact, some of the pieces on this solo record have been reinterpreted into Grails favorites. Like his band Grails, Zak Riles solo work is an elaborate mansion built of inspiration but with so much strength and originality that it stands firmly on its own. On these rocky shores come crashing waves of Sandy Bull, Mogolar, Deuter, Popol Vuh and the Ventures while Persian breeze drifts by wafting the melodies of Hossein Alizadeh. Essential listening for followers of Important Records who favor the likes of Grails and James Blackshaw.

[ Lilac & Champagne ] ~ When they're not making brooding music as part of Portland-based instrumental rockers Grails, Alex Hall and Emil Amos team up as sampledelic duo Lilacs & Champagne, mixing dusty boom-bap with eerie atmospherics. The project's self-titled debut came out 31st of JAN 2012, via Mexican Summer; "Everywhere, Everyone" is the opening track from that release and is a killer piece. Well the entire album is gripping and eerie. SUPERB SUPERB project.

Made up of sounds sourced from Scandinavian porn and hyper-obscure b-movies from the late '60s, 'Danish & Blue' pulls from records other DJs wouldn't touch by strategy. "We want to twist the knife as far as it can go into sample-based methodology, by taking pieces of loner music history and empowering them to shed light on both the pathetic side of human life and its improbable beauty." says Amos.

Mid-album cut "Hamburgers & Tangerines" is built on moody keys and a subterranean groove that recalls both sleazy cop movies and cathartic late night revelations. 'Danish & Blue' is an album that is disinterested in boundaries, unafraid to pull from every genre imaginable in service of a specific mood: from a dark lounge slither, to frustrated down-tempo, to wailing proggy guitar rock. It feels at once like a deeply personal journey through cultural ephemera and neon-lit samples that are collaged together so seamlessly that they're able to walk the border between tasteful and tacky with abandon.

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Following the release of their most acclaimed album of their decade-long career, Deep Politics (2011), Grails revisited Black Tar Prophecies, their ever-expanding, enigmatic tapestry of eclectic experiments released in scarce limited editions that often disappear before most fans discover their existence. Black Tar Prophecies Vol's 4, 5 & 6 collects the last three volumes in the Black Tar series, originally released as a limited-edition 12", and a split LP with Finish psych-rock phenoms, Pharaoh Overlord. Exclusive to this collection is Volume 6, three previously unreleased tracks that run the gamut from found-sound collage to moody, piano-driven soundtracks to obscure erotic horror films that never existed (but should have). Available on triple-gatefold CD Digipak or Deluxe Gatefold 2xLP, the vinyl features four mind-blowing laser etchings – one on each side of the record, beginning where the grooves of the music end. It's pretty, and pretty unbelievable.

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Grails - Black Tar Prophecies Vol 4-5-6 Artist - Grails Album - Black Tar Prophecies Vol 4, 5 & 6 [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2013 Genre - Experimental, Music-noir, Dark-jazz, Trip-hop, Downtempo [ EXCELLENT ] Tracklist 01. I Want A New Drug 02. Self-Hypnosis 03. Invitation To Ruin 04. Wake Up Drill II 05. Up All Night 06. Pale Purple Blues 07. Chariots 08. New Drug II 09. A Mansion Has Many Rooms 10. Corridors Of Power III 11. Ice Station Zebra 12. Penalty Box -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DEPOSITFILES Grails - Black Tar Prophecies Vol 4, 5 & 6 PRE-ORDER Grails - Black Tar Prophecies Vol 4, 5 & 6 176 REMAINING. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lilacs and Champagne – Danish and Blue Artist - Lilacs & Champagne Album - Danish & Blue [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2013 Genre - Experimental, Music-noir, Dark-jazz, Trip-hop, Downtempo [ EXCELLENT ] Tracklist 01. Metaphysical Transitions 02. Sour/Sweet 03. Le Grand 04. Better Beware 05. Alone Again and… 06. Police Story 07. Hamburgers & Tangerines 08. Honest Man 09. Refractory Period 10. Danish & Blue 11. Metaphysical Transitions II -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lilacs & Champagne - Danish & Blue -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- grails - Black Tar Prophecies Vol V Artist - Grails Album - Black Tar Prophecies Vol 5 Release Date - 2012 Genre - Experimental, Post-rock, Psychedelic-rock, Post-psychedelic, Instrumental Tracklist [ Black Tar Prophecies Vol 5 ] A1 Grails – Chariots A2 Grails – Wake Up Drill II A3 Grails – Pale Purple Blues A4 Grails – Ice Station Zebra Palmu B1 Pharaoh Overlord – Suntio B2 Pharaoh Overlord – Palmu -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Grails - Black Tar Prophecies [ Vol 5 ] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Lilacs & Champagne Album - Lilacs & Champagne Release Date - 2012 Genre - Experimental, Music-noir, Dark-jazz [ EXCELLENT ] Tracklist 01 Everywhere, Everyone 02 Lilacs 03 Nice Man 04 Sensations 05 Battling The City 06 Corridors of Power II 07 King Of Kings 08 Laid Fucking Back 09 Moroccan Handjob 10 Midnight Creeper 11 Listener X -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lilacs & Champagne - Lilacs & Champagne -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Grails Album - Deep Politics [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2011 Genre - Experimental, Post-rock, Psychedelic-rock, Post-psychedelic, Instrumental Tracklist 1. Future Primitive 2. All the Colors of the Dark 3. Corridors of Power 4. Deep Politics 5. Daughters of Bilitis 6. Almost Grew My Hair 7. I Led Three Lives 8. Deep Snow -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Grails - Deep Politics -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Zak Riles Album - Zak Riles [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2008 Genre - Acoustic, Psychedelic, Acoustic-folk, Acoustic-psychedelic [ SUPERB / ABSOLUTE MUST ] Tracklist 1 Pacific Siren 5:14 2 Confluence 4:27 3 Sand / Silk Rd. Origin 6:10 4 Res Extensa 5:41 5 Before the Refuge 5:09 6 Slack Key 7:03 7 Chloe 4:47 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Zak Riles - Zak Riles -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Grails Album - Black Tar Prophecies [ Volume 4 ] Release Date - 2010 Genre - Experimental, Post-rock, Psychedelic-rock, Post-psychedelic, Instrumental Tracklist A1 I Want A New Drug A2 Self-Hypnosis B1 A Mansion Has Many Rooms B2 New Drug II B3 Up All Night -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Grails - Black Tar Prophecies IV -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- grails-the-burden-of-hope Artist - Grails Album - The Burden of Hope Release Date - 2003 Genre - Experimental, Post-rock, Psychedelic-rock, Post-psychedelic Tracklist 01 The Burden of Hope 3:54 02 Lord I Hate Your Day 1:49 03 The Deed 5:32 04 In the Beginning 3:25 05 Invocation 2:06 06 Space Prophet Dogon 4:07 07 The March 2:25 08 Broken Ballad 3:47 09 White Flag 6:13 10 Canyon Hymn 5:03 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Grails - The Burden of Hope Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- grails-redlight Artist - Grails Album - Redlight Release Date - 2004 Genre - Experimental, Post-rock, Psychedelic-rock, Post-psychedelic Tracklist 01 Dargai 4:52 02 The Volunteer 5:56 03 Worksong 2:35 04 High & Low 4:04 05 Reprieve 3:11 06 Redlight 4:25 07 New Lystra 2:39 08 Fevers 6:58 09 Alms 2:53 10 Word Made Flesh 4:18 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Grails - Redlight Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- grails-burning-off-impurities Artist - Grails Album - Burning Off Impurities Release Date - 2007 Genre - Experimental, Post-rock, Psychedelic-rock, Post-psychedelic Tracklist 1 Soft Temple 6:41 2 More Extinction 2:15 3 Silk Rd 8:15 4 Drawn Curtains 4:56 5 Outer Banks 7:48 6 Dead Vine Blues 4:41 7 Origin-ing 7:52 8 Burning Off Impurities 7:50 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Grails - Burning Off Impurities Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- grails-take-refuge-in-clean-living Artist - Grails Album - Take Refuge in Clean Living Release Date - 2008 Genre - Experimental, Post-rock, Psychedelic-rock, Post-psychedelic Tracklist 1 Stoned at the Taj Again 7:35 2 PTSD 6:51 3 11th Hour 4:08 4 Take Refuge 8:06 5 Clean Living 5:51 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Grails - Take Refuge in Clean Living Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- grails-doomsdayers-holiday Artist - Grails Album - Doomsdayer's Holiday Release Date - 2008 Genre - Experimental, Post-rock, Psychedelic-rock, Post-psychedelic Tracklist 1 Doomsdayer's Holiday 3:25 2 Reincarnation Blues 4:26 3 The Natural Man 4:42 4 Immediate Mate 5:43 5 Predestination Blues 6:20 6 X-Contaminations 4:57 7 Acid Rain 8:00 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Grails - Doomsdayer's Holiday Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- grails-black-tar-prophecies-vols-1-2-3 Artist - Grails Album - Black Tar Prophecies, Vols. 1, 2 & 3 Release Date - 2006 Genre - Experimental, Post-rock, Psychedelic-rock, Post-psychedelic Tracklist 1 Back To The Monastery 5:05 2 Bad Bhang Recipe 4:04 3 Belgian Wake-Up Drill 3:57 4 Smokey Room 3:09 5 Black Tar Frequencies 5:08 6 Stray Dog 5:58 7 Erosion Blues 4:55 8 More Erosion 5:16 9 Black Tar Prophecy 8:02 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Grails - Black Tar Prophecies, Vols. 1, 2 & 3 Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- grails-acid-rain Artist - Grails Album - Acid Rain Release Date - 2009 Genre - Experimental, Post-rock, Psychedelic-rock, Post-psychedelic Tracklist 01 - Grails - intro 02 - Grails - acid rain 03 - Grails - contaminations 04 - Grails - predestination blues 05 - Grails - the natural man 06 - Grails - more extinction 07 - Grails - take refuge 08 - Grails - reincarnation blues (live) 09 - Grails - silk rd (live) 10 - Grails - take refuge abbr. (live) 11 - Grails - immediate mate (live) 12 - Grails - predestination blues (live) 13 - Grails - burning off impurities (live) 14 - Grails - origin-ing (live) 15 - Grails - 2004 european tour pt. 1 16 - Grails - 2004 european tour pt. 2 17 - Grails - latitudes recording session 18 - Grails - live in philadelphia 08 19 - Grails - live in nyc-cmj 06 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Grails - Acid Rain Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recommendations: Muzak ~ Bardo Pond ~ Neu! ~ Comets On Fire ~ Black Math Horseman - Wyllt --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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