Limited to 1000 units, this animated zoetrope picture disc vinyl variant comes with exclusive alternate cover artwork by Matthew Custar, printed on a reflective silver-foil stock gatefold jacket.
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The title of the most recent Atmosphere album, May 2023’s So Many Other Realities Exist Simultaneously, evokes the multiversal storytelling that’s recently vaulted into the mainstream consciousness. With their latest effort, the irrepressible Talk Talk EP, the Minneapolis legends dart across threads of space-time to grab hold of the one where Slug and Ant became titans of the electro-rap that was foundational to their youths. By evoking acts like Kraftwerk and Egyptian Lover, Atmosphere makes visions of the future from four decades ago seem new once again, the relentless forward churn of technological optimism reimagined as an endless loop with irresistible drums.
The genesis of the Talk Talk EP was the session for a song of the same name that appeared on So Many Other Realities Exist Simultaneously. A collaboration with Lifter Puller alum Bat Flower, the song “Talk Talk” exists alongside electro classics in an uncanny valley that’s been warped into a sweaty nightclub, at once vaguely alien and deeply human. Enamored with the song’s outcome, Slug and Ant returned for a longer exploration of the sound, to mesmeric results. The pulsing “Rotary Telephone,” where the TV antennas seem tuned to a world just slightly askew from ours, thrives on the tension between Slug’s careening vocals and the song’s taught structure—form matched perfectly with content. And on “Hear Hear,” the struggle to make human connections is revealed as a beautiful one.
For all its well-documented roots in disco and R&B, rap’s connection to the electronic music of the 1970s and ‘80s is a core part of its DNA. The Talk Talk EP is one of the clearest articulations of this truth to emerge in many years, a testament to the communal power of programmed sound. For proof, look no further than “Traveling Forever,” the haunting missive that closes out the record. Images flash: of police knees on necks, of prying camera phones, another empty hotel room indistinguishable from the last. “I never got to learn how to dance for you,” Slug raps, pointedly. “I don’t know whether or not that’s an attribute.” A chill runs down your spine but the skull at its top keeps nodding.
Zoetrope Instructions -
The vinyl zoetrope animation is not visible with the naked eye. You can view the animation in one of two ways.
Option 1 - To view the effect through a camera phone, we recommend downloading the ilumiscope app (iPhone or iPad). Place the picture disc on the turntable at the proper speed under a bright light. Open the ilumiscope app on your phone. Click start and play with the slide bar settings until the desired animation is visible.
Option 2 (We do not recommend this method if you are photosensitive and/or prone to seizures) - To view outside the camera lens, we recommend downloading the Strobe Light Tachometer app (iPhone only) or Strobily App (Android). For this method, it is best if the room is fairly dark. Place the picture disc on the turntable at the proper speed. Open the Strobe Light app and match the Hz speed to match the turntable speed (33-⅓), and turn on. Play with the angle of the strobe light, light in the room and Hz speed until the desired animation is visible.
Don’t Mind Me
Where I’m/You’re At
Hear Hear feat. Bat Flower
Hello Pete feat. Buck 65 & Kool Keith
Make Party Politics
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