ALEC OUNSWORTH, the Philadelphian indie minstrel with such a lovely line in pretty lo-fi, has embarked on a digital reissue campaign of his entire catalogue; he’s gonna be reissuing one album a week from now through to September 18th – each being bolstered by rare or previously unheard bonus tracks, demo takes, B-sides and more. This is a great thing.
The new expanded versions of his self-titled debut and the follow-up, Some Loud Thunder, are already available to stream at all digital service providers. If you’ve never caught up with them before, we’ve embedded a Spotify stream of the bonus, supplementary cuts now with Some Loud Thunder down there where the words stop. Trust us; he great.
He takes leftfield pop, a fair few Anglophile references, a little pinch – just a little – of world-weary Americana, the intelligence of Stephin Merritt’s Magnetic Fields, a little new wave and oh, so much more – and just sugar-ices it with the heartfelt tremolo of his voice.
This cluster of welcome expansions come as Alec finally takes back control of his rights, 100%, new deals struck with Secretly Distribution, and Domino for publishing. And he’s a happy man to be truly, fully independent.
“It took some conviction to remain independent – turning down money and perks, etc; and it’s probably the main thing about this project I’m proud of: trying to get through to people in a broader, organic way without having other people deciding for us,” he says.
Next to come in the series are 2011’s Hysterical, 2014’s Only Run, and 2017’s The Tourist: each will now gain demos, outtakes, b-sides, and live and radio session tracks equivalent to one whole standalone album as a companion.
Also up for revisits in the ensuing weeks are 2009’s Mo Beauty, originally released on ANTI-, which will be re-released with three rare bonus tracks; while his side gig as Flashy Python, which released one album in the shape of Skin And Bones, is also due later this year in a deluxe re-release.
Oh, while we still have your attention: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have plans to tour the UK next February. Again, this is a great thing. There’s only one date announced so far: at the Scala in London on February 23rd. You can buy tickets here. Keep your eyes peeled on the socials and here at Backseat Mafia for more news.