Kelley Stoltz has released the 20th anniversary expanded edition of his defining album Antique Glow today via Third Man Records. Stream and purchase the album HERE. Limited-edition silver indie store exclusive vinyl and limited-edition "rainy nights" UK exclusive vinyl are now available. Join Stoltz in celebrating the album's release with a show tonight, November 19th at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, featuring support from Vetiver and Almond Joy.
Originally self-released in minuscule vinyl-only quantities in 2001, Antique Glow has served not only as a template for the length of Kelley Stoltz’s twenty-plus year career, but has also served as a compass for other Anglophile, TASCAM 388 home recording acolytes. Original copies featured Stoltz’s clever, wry and fanciful hand-painted adornments overtop reclaimed thrift store LP jackets, Third Man’s release here utilizes some of those original unused images for a die-cut sleeve that ultimately gives the listener ten different possible album covers.
STREAM / PURCHASE ANTIQUE GLOW
(20th ANNIVERSARY EXPANDED EDITION)
STREAM "UMBRELLA" (BONUS TRACK)
STREAM "TOO BECK"
The songs are by-and-large masterpieces of bedroom pop magic. From the whispering “Here Comes the Sun”-adjacent acoustic underpinnings of album opener “Perpetual Night” through the fuzz-threaded leads of “Are You Electric?” Stoltz’s inspirations are impeccable and clear. Sixties Davies British Invasion through 80’s British Bunnymen post-punk, with appropriate off-shoots into West Coast American pop-psych, Velvets-indebted hooliganism and Drake/CSNY acoustic attenuations, the end result is pure joy.
On the expanded version, standout tracks previously relegated to an Australian tour-only CD (like the breathlessly cinematic “Old Pictures”) see their first-ever vinyl and digital release while there’s an additional 10 songs from the Antique Glow-era seeing their first ever release in any format. The cutting room floor quality here is second-to-none, Stoltz clearly gifted with the curse of writing too many indelible songs, so the newly released “Too Beck” (originally cast off by Kelley because he thought “it sounded too much like Beck”) and “Umbrella” stand firm as some of the best, most timeless music Stoltz has ever released... a full two decades after he recorded them!
With all instruments and vocals performed by Stoltz, the singularity of vision here is impeccably clear and executed.
Indie store-exclusive vinyl variants
About Kelley Stoltz:
Born and raised in suburban Detroit, Kelley Stoltz hopped off to NYC in the mid-Nineties with the mild task of sorting fan mail for Jeff Buckley. There, Stoltz recorded his debut album The Past Was Faster, which was barely released before the label declared bankruptcy and all copies were locked away in a government warehouse.
Kelley truly came into his own upon his arrival to San Francisco. Landing a job at the classic neighborhood record store Grooves and hunkered down in his apartment in the Mission with his trusty Tascam 388. Playing all the instruments himself, the end result of Antique Glow was a DIY bedroom masterpiece. With the initial self-released vinyl pressing of 300 copies each featured a thrift store LP jacket hand-painted with some clever, wry or fanciful adornments by Stoltz himself, the record took on a life of its own...ultimately finding its way into the hands of John Peel and earning Kelley a record deal with Sub Pop.
From there, Stoltz’s prodigious output has never wavered. Through the intervening 11 full-length solo albums and a wide smattering of singles, side-projects etc, not to mention various production duties and even a spell as hired-gun axeman for Kelley’s childhood heroes Echo and the Bunnymen.
ANTIQUE GLOW (20th ANNIVERSARY EXPANDED REISSUE)
(THIRD MAN RECORDS)
1. Perpetual Night
2. Crystal Ball
3. Jewel of the Evening
4. Underwater's Where the Action Is
5. One Thousand Rainy Days
6. Tubes in the Moonlight
7. 26th Street Floor
8. Are You Electric
9. Please Visit Soon
10. Listen Darkly
11. Fake Day
12. Mean Marianne
13. Mt. Fuji
14. Silver Lining
15. Old Pictures (Bonus Track)
16. Immobile Bones (Bonus Track)
17. You'll Find the Truth in the Frying Pan (Bonus Track)
18. You and Me and 100 Others (Bonus Track)
19. You're Making Me Yawn (Bonus Track)
20. Interplanetary Wisdom (Bonus Track)
21. Harmonica Makes the Doggy Go Wild (Bonus Track)
22. Dead John (Bonus Track)
23. Baby's Fingers (Bonus Track)
24. Too Beck (Bonus Track)
25. Discount City VU (Bonus Track)
26. Umbrella (Bonus Track)
27. Spilled Milk (Live on PBS) (Bonus Track)