Pretty Dark Things [HipHop / Rap]

RELEASE: 19.12.2008

LABEL: Hometapes

VERTRIEB: Cargo Records GmbH


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"Pretty Dark Things" is CYNE's crowning achievement of seven years and over ten releases. Part of this is the tangible reality of a group separated by hundreds of miles: there were countless road trips between Gainesville and Miami, endless living room recordings and mix sessions, phone bills, emails, envelopes with beat CDs, and adventures into collaboration outside of the group -- these were the means to an end that purely reflects the art and experience of its four makers.

"The songs were born during different CYNE 'eras' - emotional, economical, political, geographical, and even influential. We were constantly sharing new musical discoveries, genres, and experiences throughout the process of this album," says Speck of "Pretty Dark Things", which arrives three years after their last full-length "Evolution Fight." One new era rose out of Akin's reintroduction to the Martinican poet and revolutionary politician Aimé Césaire, whose "Discourse on Colonialism" not only influenced lyrics, but also directly inspired the "Pretty Dark Things" cover photograph. Another era was reincarnated when Enoch was granted access to Femi Kako-Addie's (guest vocalist on "Just Say No") collection of rare Ghanian and Nigerian Highlife records -- and you can see tracks "Runaway" and "Calor" for the result. A wide musical vocabulary is key to the album; CYNE formed within the longtime hardcore/punk/d.i.y. tradition of Gainesville and collectively embrace a stylistic range that includes everything from prog to pop to metal. These cultural informers collided with CYNE's practice of sampling and live instrumentation to create an album that is the cumulative representation of both the personal and the political.

The "Pretty Dark Things" CD is packaged in an old-timey mini-gatefold jacket (just like a classic LP gatefold, but CD-sized). The tip-on technique was utilized, meaning the art was hand-glued to heavy board (the result is a satisfyingly sturdy package with a full-bleed centerfold). The CD is protected by an inner sleeve printed in one color. We're proud of this one.

(Quelle: Hometapes, 2008)


1. Just Say No
2. Runaway
3. Calor
4. Escape
5. Money Parade
6. Pretty Black Future
7. Elephant Rome
8. Dance
9. Opera
10. Prototypes
11. Fuzzy Logic
12. Never Forget Pluto
13. Pianos on Fire
14. Radiant Cool Boy
15. Excite Me
16. Scattered


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