EMPTY COUNTRY - EMPTY COUNTRY II VINYL (SUPER LTD. ED. EXCLUSIVE SIGNED PINK 2LP GATEFOLD)
SUPER LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE *SIGNED* PINK 2LP VINYL GATEFOLD
VENUS VINYL OF THE YEAR 2023 #1
Release Date: 3rd November 2023
Former Cymbals Eat Guitars front'er Joseph D’Agostino brings us his second album under new moniker, Empty Country, and it's some of the best music of his career! Empty Country II sees Joe and his talented band taking the intricate indie-rock seeped in alternative 90's rock that cut Cymbals Eat Guitars above the rest and applying it to field of Americana - both musically and lyrically. Sure to be the most interesting and multifaceted rock record you are likely to hear this year!
"As the front person of celebrated indie band Cymbals Eat Guitars, guitarist and singer Joseph D’Agostino spent over a decade setting autobiographical, emotionally vivid lyrics against a backdrop of soaring and compositionally ambitious rock. After four critically acclaimed LPs that solidified D’Agostino’s reputation as a gifted songwriter, he chose to break from his long-term band and debut a new project: Empty Country. On 2020’s self-titled debut, D’Agostino’s storytelling lens shifted away from personal narrative and toward fiction; psychopaths, apparitions and deplorables populated a bleak and uncanny parallel version of American dystopia. Empty Country’s sprawling and sonically adventurous arrangements—filled out by collaborating musicians including Rachel and Zoë Browne (Field Mouse), Kyle Gillbride (Swearin’), Zena Kay (Angel Olsen), and former CEG drummer Charlotte Anne Dole—ranged from luminous jangle-pop to scorching emo-punk to narcotized Americana. Though the pandemic curtailed planned touring, a seven-piece iteration of the band played one packed Brooklyn show in May 2022, supported by Charles Bissell (The Wrens and Field Mouse); Empty Country also backed Bissell on several classics from The Meadowlands. “It was a wonderful return to live music for all of us,” says D’Agostino. “So many folks reached out to me and told me how Empty Country offered them comfort during those first several months of being stuck inside. I’m happy that it came out and connected with some people and that I was able to establish this universe I could continue to build on.” Though Empty Country II is a record about the forces that drive Americans apart, it’s also imbued with empathic love and an understanding of what binds people to family and country—in spite of the darknesses we encounter."