premiere: Lost Coastlines - Something Close
Virginia’s Rob Arcand wrote me this letter:
For the last couple years, I’ve been writing lofi folk tunes under the name ‘lost coastlines’ and releasing things for free on Bandcamp. Taking huge influence from the confessional lyrics of alt-country and slowcore acts like Acetone and Bedhead and the 8-track intimacy of bedroom poppers like Beat Happening and Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, mixed with bits of ambient sound and field recordings, I’ve attempted to merge the three into some sort of pastiche combo oscillating between ambient noise and lofi pop.
Throughout the birth of the project, I’ve fallen in and out of college with crippling anxiety and panic attacks, stumbled through relationships and moved home from Charleston, SC to my native Norfolk, VA, and, really, the one way I’ve developed to cope with all of that I’ve finally found a platform, a medium for self-expression through the creation of these works, and more so, in millions of tiny bedroom Bandcamp accounts online that have helped inspire me immensely. This sort of, meta-awareness of the exchange of influence online has been of huge influence to the tracks themselves, which have more recently become structured around purely fictitious events built from tangled narratives of online friends, unrequited loves and day-dreams spent observing the Internet. Whereas artists like Sufjan Stevens constructs narratives of the tales of his state-mates in writing Michigan and Illinoise, I’ve turned the lens of influence to millions of fellow teenagers online, through various Tumblr accounts, Twitter bios, and SoundCloud links.
I’m currently working on a limited-run vinyl 7” self-released with a friend of mine, where we’re individually bootlegging each 7” by hand with silicone molds in as sort of an ongoing project in the revival of vinyl bootlegs. Together, we’re hoping to start a niche micro-label called Twenty Nothing Records dedicated exclusively to releases too big for cassette and too small for the massive upfront orders (and huge backorder times necessary for modern vinyl plants). With vinyl turntables such a commonplace in the modern teen/twenty-something’s bedroom/dorm/apartment/lifestyle/etc., we feel like there’s a much larger audience for something like this, as opposed to a cassette or even a lathe cut record, which is of considerably worse audio quality.
I guess, I’m wondering if, much like your LETTERS TO YVYNYL feature, you’d be willing to feature the above letter, or maybe talk a bit about what we’re doing yourself, to both get people to check out my upcoming release (which we’re still planning a date for lol), and to get other artists, many of whom may be feeling the same way about limited-run vinyl bootlegs, to know what we’re about and what we’re looking to do. If that’s a bit too much to ask, when the 7” is finally up for preorder, do you think it’d be possible to do some sort of track premiere? I know you’ve done things like this in the past with videos, but since there aren’t any videos on the horizon for this thing, would it be okay to just premiere a track for streaming from Bandcamp/SoundCloud?
Regardless, hope you enjoy my tunes and have a nice holiday!
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