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Folks have been waiting a long while for Wisconsin-to-Brooklyn BTW Inlets to follow 2006′s The Vestibule EP. It’s not like he disappeared. There have been some stirrings. In April of ’08 we posted “Your Good Arm,” a song that now shows up at the end of his full-length debut Inter Arbiter. And it makes sense the collection took awhile. The one-man band recorded it at home, when he could. That, and Sebastian Krueger’s ambitious, brainy, somehow simple-but-baroque compositions share a complexity of Owen Pallett or Grizzly Bear or a number of Krueger’s cohorts. While working on Inter Arbiter the multi-instrumentalist collaborated with My Brightest Diamond, handled banjo for Feist on SNL, contributed to DM Stith’s Heavy Ghost, worked with violinist Marla Hansen, etc. Luckily it wasn’t just give give give: Inter Arbiter includes guest spots from regular cohort Zach Condon, Angel Deradoorian, and cellist Maria Jeffers and the aforementioned Hansen of the Osso string quartet. Of course, Krueger’s at the front and center, regardless. See, for instance, the many-hued “Bright Orange Air,” which we’re told is “an ode to the psychotropic effects of municipal lighting.” Truth there.

The tracklist:

01 “[]“
02 “Canteen”
03 “In Which I, Robert”
04 “Great Exit Lights”
05 “Bright Orange Air”
06 “Bells and Whistles”
07 “Maspeth”
08 “Sunfed Shapes”
09 “Famous Looks”
10 “Your Good Arm”

Inter Arbiter is out 4/20 via Two Syllable. Some live shows:

02/08 – Richmond, VA @ The Camel
02/09 – Washington, DC @ DC9
02/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Khyber
03/17-20 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

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Comments (22)
  1. candle  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2010 0

    Finally! Very exciting news, and awesome track. Psyched for the whole thing.

  2. nerD  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2010 0

    AMAZING!!!

  3. It Happens Each Day  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2010 0

    Good…Vincent Moon deserves a raise so he can shoot with film the next time…Holy cow…

  4. First Fan  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2010 0

    A song to get lost in!

  5. earsears  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2010 0

    Wow, great track. Love the clapping.

  6. anon  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2010 0

    SO awesome! been waiting a lot time!

  7. imkoreansowhat  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2010 0

    I’ve been waiting. hopefully it’s veckatimest of 2010.

  8. jg  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2010 0

    I have been waiting so long for this.

  9. Nat R.  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2010 0

    what a wait. I really can’t believe he’s finished the record. cannot wait.

  10. Barack Obama  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2010 0

    Delicious.

  11. dt  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2010 0

    perfect album cover.

  12. fyeah  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2010 0

    F yeah. Love it.

  13. breeze  |   Posted on Jan 23rd, 2010 0

    seb is one talented kid.

  14. Amy  |   Posted on Jan 23rd, 2010 0

    bloody fantastic!

  15. yeager  |   Posted on Jan 24th, 2010 0

    Loved the Inlets new album. Complicated, soft, mysterious, ethereal, and a beautifully sensitive voice!

  16. ann  |   Posted on Jan 24th, 2010 0

    ben tousley’s artwork is unreal

  17. zaypay  |   Posted on Jan 25th, 2010 0

    heck yes! this track is sooooooo good!

  18. Kay Sedia  |   Posted on Jan 25th, 2010 0

    Really fantastic. Looking forward to the full album.

  19. Dad Squad  |   Posted on Jan 25th, 2010 0

    beautiful artwork.

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