Javelin – “Cowpoke” (Stereogum Premiere)

Brooklyn-via-Providence duo Javelin shift the frequency for their forthcoming Canyon Candy LP, the follow-up to their JAMZ N JEMZ collection, their remixes, and their proper debut LP No Más. For that earlier material these crate diggers wore their influences on their sleeve — in the case of “Twyce,” quite literally via multiple record sleeves — and crafted studied, whimsical dance music that took itself seriously without sounding self-serious. That playful spirit remains, though its focus has shifted wholesale, for this forthcoming LP which is a “Western album” that takes inspiration from the “frontier ballad songbook.” They’re cowboy songs, as fits the title of Canyon Candy’s first single “Cowpoke.” This is not the Javelin you’re used to. This is Javelin sitting by the campfire, packing a chaw, working on on some rawhide style. Listen:

Javelin – “Cowpoke”

Canyon Candy is out 4/16 (Record Store Day) via Luaka Bop. The 10″ will be available “as an entirely bespoke, handmade, hand-branded collectors piece,” hand-numbered and available at independent record stores on Record Store Day. The band has also received its Kickstarter funding to create a companion film that “tells the story of the lone survivor of a wagon train massacre.” Here, the band pitches it along with director Mike Anderson.

In addition to the 10″, the album will be available as a Playbutton, which is a new music format that is basically a non-recordable/non-transferable pin-button portable music player, pre-loaded with the album you want with customizable fronts. More on that at playbutton.co. On tour:

05/24 – Washington, D.C. @ DC 9*
05/25 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar*
05/26 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge*
05/30 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall*
06/01 – Toronto, ON @TBC*
06/02 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Shadow Lounge*
06/03 – Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Indie Summer Series @ Fountain Square
06/05 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle*
* w/ Big Freedia

Javelin - Canyon Candy (Back Cover)

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