Life Is Wasted On The Living

by Garrincha & The Stolen Elk

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This is an album about death. More precisely, it's about dying and the realization of one's mortality. Even more precisely, it's about all the worrying thoughts and emotions that smack you in the face in light of this realization: nostalgia, regret, legacy, a vague urgency & the eternal quest to find meaning in any of it. Garrincha & The Stolen Elk wrap these heavy themes in a strange brew of 21st century post-everything music -- drones & processed field recordings nestle snuggly against synths, electronics & guitars that shift from plaintively melodic to heavy headbanging to freak psych-out. Voices play a central role in this music, sometimes through vocals but even more via samples and musique concrete pieces. A wide range of influences somehow meld into an organic & unique sound; after all, who else marries a throbbing Wolf-Eyes-like beat with new age stylings like G&SE do on the centerpiece track, "Wait Think Fast"? Just one example of the abundant aural alchemy found on this stellar album.


released September 15, 2014

Recorded & Mixed by Davy Bui
Cover art by Myste French

G&SE is Davy Bui & Matt Kretzmann



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Track Name: Fear & Hope (For Emerson)
Your life will define our tale
And you'll rise where we failed.
Track Name: Friends of Enemies
It's three miles to Le Marche.
Track Name: Brokedick Dog
Don't give up.
That's what I do ...
... it's all I can do.
Track Name: Moments Captured, Lost Forever
"What are you doing, son?"
"I'm recording."
"Recording what?"
Track Name: Wait, Think, Fast
You're already exposed.
I see right through.