Lead Me To The Glow

by Shmu

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Lawrence
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Lawrence god damn this is some heat, glad I checked back in to see what Sam has been cookin up. super creative and futuristic, quite an evolution from his past music which was still great but less complicated Favorite track: Hololeaps.
PrinceGoatCheese
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PrinceGoatCheese Honestly a sleeper hit! I haven't heard this blend of rock and vapor before. Pick this up and support this unique style!
Murgleis
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Murgleis Biggest sleeper album of 2018 for sure. Some monstrously good tunes amidst the madness at play here, especially the Rippingtons-sampled 'Hololeaps' and the super catchy 'All Will be Erased'. Favorite track: All Will Be Erased.
James Greenfield
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James Greenfield please make a vinyl release?
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Although the 3rd official full length album from Austin, TX based artist Shmu, 'Lead Me to the Glow' revisits some of the 90s shoegazing rock sounds that were explored on 'Shhh!!!!' & its companion EP 'Oooze', its focus is more emphasized on softer & rounder shapes. One could say it is a meditation of the last 40 years of music collapsing in on itself & attempting to create a post internet pop music, utilizing mid 80s pop and R&B sounds, early 90s vaporwave-esque muzak samples, mixed with some 70s psych/R&B & yacht-rock influences that are glitched out with modern electronics are all melded together & melted down like a burnt cassette in the sun.

'Lead Me to the Glow' begins with a burst of creativity, at midpont explores the end of our Universe, and then becomes a meditation on rebirth, the afterlife and infinity. Put another way, this is an archetypal hero’s journey from our troubled 2017/current times through the looking glass into something akin to Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity where everything feels much faster and faster, and glowing rainbows are the most boring thing from our pre-transhuman past that anyone cares to remember.

credits

released September 28, 2018

Shmu is:
Sam Chown - Lead & Background Vocals, Drums & Percussion, Samples/Loops/Programming, Bass Guitar, Guitars, Keyboards/Synths
Chase Dungan - Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Joel Coronado - Bass Guitar on 'Hololeaps' & 'All Will Be Erased'

All Songs Written, Arranged, Edited & Produced by Sam Chown
Mixed & Mastered by Sam Chown & Evan Kleinecke @ 5th Street Studios
Visual Art by Keith Rankin
Horn Arrangements on 'Lead Me to the Glow' Written by Sam Chown
Trombone performed by Mark 'Speedy' Gonzales on 'Lead Me to the Glow'
Saxophones performed by Thomas Van Der Brook on 'Lead Me to the Glow'
Trumpet performed by Derek Phelps on 'Lead Me to the Glow'
Guitar Parts on 'Hololeaps' 'Burn Baby Burn' 'Wave' 'Amulet' & 'Your Favorite God' Written by Chase Dungan
Vocals Performed by Thax Douglas on 'Wave' & 'Your Favorite God' as well Lyrics Co-written By Thax Douglas on 'Burn Baby Burn' 'Wave' & 'Your Favorite God'
Vocals Performed by Carrie Bickley on 'Burn Baby Burn' & 'Amulet'
Vocals Performed by Brittany Drake on 'Burn Baby Burn & 'All Will Be Erased'
'Lead Me the Glow' contains samples from 'Black Renaissance' by Black Renaissance
Special Thanks to Joel Coronado, Chase Dungan, Noah Schwartz & Harry Knazan for helping shape the music into its current form

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