Royal forest - spillway

2016-5-24. New-found tors in Roughtor Plantation at Burrator: West Rough Tor, Lower West Rough Tor, Great Rough Tor, Lower Rough Tor, Great Great Rough Tor, Rough Tor Rock, Middle Rough Tor, Rough Tor (the original), East Rough Tor. (430)

Austin's Royal Forest are not big believers in static sound, though they do appreciate the sound of static. Experimental across media---using analog tape loops in recordings and live at shows, for example---the band strives to reinvent their songs in new ways. Lately this experimentation manifests itself in field recordings. Royal Forest has made songs in a single-prop airplane above the Texas hill country, inside a WWII submarine in Galveston, and in a lightning storm among the Monahans sand dunes. Not content to be labeled a studio band or live act, the band pushes the limits of composition, using whim and on-the-fly audio manipulation as songwriting tools. Experimentation is their evolutionary engine. For all the geeky shit, Royal Forest is awfully listenable. The loops and field recordings only enhance their memorable hooks and positive energy. The band's dedication to DIY is not only impressive, it imbues their records, videos, and live shows with infective charm. Royal Forest's latest album, Spillway, casts a surreal shadow on Americana. It was recorded to tape by the band and mastered at Abbey Road Studios. Spillway is available July 9th via King Electric Record Company.

Simon Workman has loved rock n' roll ever since his dad made him Beatles and Beach Boys mix tapes as a kid. These days his musical interests have a wide range, though he's still got a strong connection to the music of the 60s and 70s. He lives in Dayton and is currently working on a PhD in English literature at the University of Cincinnati. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @simonworkman.

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