Dear Hearts & Gentle People

by State Song

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Dear Hearts vinyl includes bonus material, additional artwork and a coupon for free download in 320k mp3 format from Phratry Records.

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    10-song CD in mini-LP gatefold package. "Highway Machine (Soft)" available on vinyl version only.

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ABOUT THIS ALBUM:

"The modus operandi of State Song’s members is to make songs that have the intensity and aesthetics of rock songs, but the drama and melodies of pop songs. The mix also skews more toward the vocal-centric engineering of pop music. Tunes like “4-6prn” move from from nuanced, quiet pop songs to an all-out rock attack, capped off by the mournful roar of Scot Torres.

Torres has the sort of voice I adore. His is on the high end of baritone, so he can ratchet up to a mindblowing intensity without succumbing to a whiny tone. His comfortable range is somewhere around where most people talk, but he can command a muscly tone that borders on a scream (“Highway Machine (Loud Version)”) when he wants to make a point. But when he’s just singing comfortably, his voice sounds weary and real (“Skeleton Key”). If the voice is what makes pop music, he’s got a voice to make it happen.

The songs are brilliant as well; from the emo-rock of opener “Blank Lake” to the supremely Death Cab-esque chill of “The Concierge,” the songs are instantly enjoyable. In addition to its immediacy, it has staying power: It’s a rare album where each song reveals its own wonders, while still hanging together in a cohesive mood. “Houses” drops in some synths that create great atmosphere before the song explodes into throat-shredding, distortion-crushing angst. Then it goes back. “Dig” sounds like a tougher Bright Eyes, which is a huge compliment from over here.

Dear Hearts & Gentle People is an excellent album. Not much rock has impressed me this year, as it’s all just the same old same old. But State Song‘s ten-song collection brings vitality to their songwriting and thus is currently sitting atop the list of “best rock in 2011.” Fans of Brand New will be all over this."

—INDEPENDENT CLAUSES July, 2011

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released February 22, 2011

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State Song Record 01
Phratry Records Release 22

Recorded by Steve Wethington at New Fidelity Productions. Mastered by Doug Krebs.

All songs (c) 2010 State Song.
(c) & (p) 2010 Phratry Records, LLC. All rights reserved.

More information: phratryrecords.com

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State Song Cincinnati, Ohio

State Song thrives on luring you into their spacey melodic afterthoughts only to pummel you later with stacks of raw power. The ebb and flow of State Song’s music combines late 90s era Indie Rock, 70s Space Rock, and snarling Post Punk.

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