Finally it is here, our new album Renmin Park. This is the only place that you can buy the album, for the time being. It will be made available for wider release in mid-June. But for now, we sure could use your support. The player to the right will stream the entire album free of charge. You can also post the player on your own Facebook or My Space page or share it with anyone that you feel might be interested in the album (just click the share button on the player). We are also now offering the Clubhouse Subscription which includes Renmin Park and all of the other downloadable music on this site and much more, so please click on the “Clubhouse Subscription” panel above to get all the details. If you choose to purchase Renmin Park as a digital download you can do so as a high-end 320 mbps MP3 or as an Apple Lossless MP4 (both are compatible with itunes) or in the high fidelity FLAC format (the download also includes all of the lyrics and some of the charts. Please don’t choose FLAC unless you are familiar with the format); If you choose to purchase it as a CD it will be mailed out to you no later than May 3rd, but in the meantime we will send you a code which will allow you to download the album immediately (no more waiting, this is the modern world, after all).
We are very proud of this album. It is pretty dense from a lyrical, musical and conceptual point of view. Like most of our music, it requires time and patience (which we know are rare commodities in this day and age). But if you’ve come this far with us, we figure that you are up for the challenge. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.
P.S. If you have missed the blogs about Renmin Park and its genesis, just enter “Renmin Park” in the “Junkies Blog Search” window to the right.
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I’m thrilled to have had the chance to buy the new CD at the Buffalo show. I didn’t realize how “rare” it was at this point so I’m glad I scooped it up. Great show, as always. Excellent blend of new/old/covers/originals. Thank you yet again for being a fan’s dream band.
Halfway through the album report: As I mentioned, I picked up the CD last night at the show and this morning popped it in. I’m halfway through (on track 7 at the moment) and unless the rest of the album consists of nails on chalkboards, this is an AMAZING album. You’ve never failed to consistently crank out songs I love but this album, as a whole, is profound and hypnotic. I’m supposed to be cleaning the house but I keep sitting to just enjoy the sounds.
Some musings carried over here from the forum:
I gave the album a couple of devoted headset listens last night in the dark in my Austin hotel room, and I’m really moving now from disparate impressions of particular tunes to a sense of the lay of the land, as it were. Mike Timmins is right: a couple of these songs grab you right away, but overall it does require patience and careful listening. I had noted the Christian mythology and eschatology implicit in “Cicadas” but I now see those themes winding through the entire album – “Stranger Here” especially – which I’m beginning to regard as…sorry about this, it’s my formal training…a “work.” I began to construct out of the unfamiliar sounds of the Chinese musical instruments and music itself, out of the atonality and rawness of some of that, a whole-blooded ambiance of sorts – and I now sense a countercurrent of recent Chinese political and social history winding through it as well. Three main currents, the political, the mythic or eschatological, and the deeply personal narrative stance of some of them, especially “Renmin Park” itself, suggest a kind of rose-and-vine image as if holding up [i]Renmin Park[/i]’s formal structure. Plenty to work with here, and more and more I am also coming to view this album as the culmination of ATEOPT’s unfinished business.
So no sooner do I start thinking about the album as a whole than I start listening to it again on my laptop headset today en route from Austin to New York, and I guess I just had my head cocked the right way so that “Stranger Here” – the closest thing to a traditional CJ shitkicker on the download – really nailed me. I must’ve played it ten times on that flight. Oddly enough, the studio version is more energetic than any of the two live versions Ive heard. I’ve also begun to get a slightly better feel for “Sit Sadly by Your Side,” mainly because the treatment of the song on the album is, similarly, a little more energetic than the live versions I’ve heard. “Cicadas” still really grabs me – moreso now than yesterday or the day before. This one really grows on you.
Plenty to work with, think about and with which to fall in love. And I already dearly love this album, but I also know I’ve barely scratched its surface. What an achievement.
Incidentally, is it just my cataracts getting in the way of reading the credits or is Jeff Bird simply not on this album at all?
Great news. Where are the lyrics posted?
Aint it the truth, I truley share the same views as the author and could not agree more.