Codeine – “Kitchen” (Stereogum Premiere)

Codeine – “Kitchen” (Stereogum Premiere)

One of the coolest fucking things about being alive in 2012 is the fact that we are around for the Codeine reunion. Not only does this mean a tour (well, abridged tour; sorry flyover) but a ton of music in the form of generously expanded double-LP reissues of the band’s three classic releases — 1990’s Frigid Stars, ’92’s Barely Real EP and ’94’s The White Birch — which can be purchased separately or as the massive six-LP/three-CD When I See The Sun box set. “Kitchen” is one of the previously unreleased demos from the Frigid Stars sessions. It’s a bit more spartan than the songs that made it to the official release (which is saying something, considering this is Codeine we’re talking about). Where Frigid Stars used electricity and volume to emphasize the band’s deep, depressive potency, “Kitchen” is utterly barren: just a lonely vocal from Stephen Immerwahr over a gentle acoustic guitar. According to the band’s guitarist, John Engle, “‘Kitchen’ is the earliest material on the box set, written not long after Stephen moved to NYC in 1987. He performed the song a couple of times before an audience, and recorded it later that year.” The song is no less powerful for its relative minimalism — the band’s seminal sad-/slow-core is as gorgeous and bleak here as it is anywhere else in their essential catalog. Check it out.

Codeine – “Kitchen”

All three Codeine reissues as well as the When I See The Sun box set are available now via Numero. Tour dates are here:

06/29 – The Bell House, Brooklyn NY
06/30 – Brighton Music Hall, Boston MA
07/01 – Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL
07/09 – The Triple Door, Seattle WA
07/10 – The Triple Door, Seattle WA
07/11 – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR
07/12 – Great American Music Hall, San Francisco CA
07/13 – Echoplex, Los Angeles CA
07/15 – Le Poisson Rouge, New York City NY

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