Splintered Metal Sky

by White Hills

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    Splintered Metal Sky - CD Edition comes housed in a gatefold digipack sleeve that features different photos than included in the LP version.

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  • Deluxe Edition - Splatter Vinyl, Zine & Button
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    Splintered Metal Sky - Deluxe Edition includes Black and White Splatter Vinyl, 16 page hand numbered edition of Splintered Metal Zine* Number One Now Manhattan and 1x Button. LP also includes insert containing lyrics and photos.

    *There will be 6 versions of Splintered Metal Zine in total. Each one will be named after a song on the album. Each one will explore topics within the song it is titled after. The version of Splintered Metal Zine included in this edition, Number One "Now Manhattan", is limited to 150 hand numbered copies and will only be available through this pre-order.

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    Vinyl Pressing is delayed due to reduced staff at the plant in order to keep up with workplace safety regulations due to COVID. That said, on Friday 23rd October you will still be able to download the digital version, but your physical copy will take a bit longer to get to you. We will keep you posted as to any new information we receive on the arrival of the LPs.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause and will inform you all when they finally arrive. If you have any questions for us, please feel free to reach out at any time.

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  • Splintered Metal Sky - Limited Edition Splatter Vinyl
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Splintered Metal Sky - Limited Edition Black and White Splatter Vinyl. Comes with insert containing lyrics and photos.

    ****Please note if based in North America - save postage costs by purchasing directly through the band at whitehills.bandcamp.com ****

    Vinyl Pressing is delayed due to reduced staff at the plant in order to keep up with workplace safety regulations due to COVID. That said, on Friday 23rd October you will still be able to download the digital version, but your physical copy will take a bit longer to get to you. We will keep you posted as to any new information we receive on the arrival of the LPs.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause and will inform you all when they finally arrive. If you have any questions for us, please feel free to reach out at any time.

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aCoNSTRUCT 00:31
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NO FEAR 00:05
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HONESTY 05:50
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bCoNSTRUCT 01:08
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RATS 04:59
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NUMBERS 03:53
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cCoNSTRUCT 02:06
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ILLUSION 03:53

about

October 2020 brings the release of Splintered Metal Sky, the long-awaited new installment in the ever vast musical cannon of WHITE HILLS. The album takes the listener on a post-punk, psychedelic ride fueled by industrial-strength fuzz and propelled by powerful beats where songs weave in and out of each other to imitate the rhythm of the city the band calls home. Splintered Metal Sky is about oscillation and evolution. It’s metamodern music looking at human existence in relation to technology and the hyper-driven architectural reshaping of a city. The music was largely inspired by the drone and roar of machinery pulsing through New York City, which is in a never-ending state of demolition and reconstruction. Dave and Ego took to the streets, gathering field recordings of sounds from the subway, drills, jackhammers, people in parks, traffic, mayhem and the occasional silence. These recordings were then manipulated and constructed into rhythmic lines that were used as the basis for songs. The music, mixing noise with disciplined beat, embodies the paradoxical nature of the city: the grimy littered dead end alley just steps away from the sleek luxury skyscraper; the half eaten chicken bone being devoured by a rat on the subway tracks just beneath the glittering facade of the Chrysler building; the endless milling about of the 8 million people who call this slab of land home on their way to and from everywhere and nowhere. Informed by industrial innovators Einstürzende Neubauten and SPK, the avant garde post-punk of Tuxedomoon and the dub-electro of Cabaret Voltaire, the album vibrates with the energy of a sensually feral, raw beast.

The band recorded and mixed Splintered Metal Sky at Studio G in Brooklyn with producer/engineer Jeff Berner (Psychic TV). WHITE HILLS previously worked with Jeff for the Valley King Records release of the single Putting On The Pressure. The album features numerous guest appearances. The idea to recruit collaborators came after a meeting between Ego and fellow Only Lovers Left Alive alumni, Lebanese singer, Yasmine Hamdan, while she was in NYC recording with former Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley. The band asked her to add vocals to a song and she jumped at the opportunity, which led to a stunning vocal performance on the track Rats. Energized by the collaboration, Dave & Ego decided to approach other cohorts to join in. This led to guest appearances by filmmaker and musician Jim Jarmusch (ambient guitar on c:CoNSTRUCT & Illusion), Simone Marie Butler of Primal Scream (vocals on Honesty) and former Cop Shoot Cop and current member of Human Impact Jim Coleman (synth on Numbers & c:CoNSTRUCT). Each person added their own flavor and perspective, pushing the songs to places not before imagined by the duo. Running with the idea of collaboration, Dave decided to work with someone on the cover concept. In came longtime friend of Dave’s Johnny Brewton, who has quite a resume of his own in the art world, having worked with and for Mark Motherbaugh at Mutato Muzika, Tom Waits, Hunter S. Thompson and Charles Bukowski to name a few. He is the man behind XRay Book Co, who produce art publications like XRay Magazine, and Bagazine. Upon the two discussing the concept of Splintered Metal Sky, Johnny went to work cutting up images and constructing the concept visually through the medium of collage.

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released October 23, 2020

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