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I've just barely made it with one day to go before John Vanderslice's Emerald City is released. If the tracks I've heard are any indication of the rest of the album, it could be one of my favorite releases of the year.

Listening to "White Dove" I am seduced by the twilight, the aphotic grief cast over the song without the aid of anything but the simplest of instrumentation. Vanderslice seems to want to lurk in the depths, letting us slide over his sorrow as he freezes it over. He refuses to flinch as I listen to the mocking coldness of his voice and look through the ice, skating on the sleekest and the sharpest of blades. But his concerns are of a higher order, living and breathing in their world-weariness, their desire to look to current events and ask how pain and sorrow will end.

John Vanderslice - White Dove [download or die]
John Vanderslice - Kookaburra

Some upcoming tour dates:
July 25 - Palo Alto, CA
July 28 - Seattle, WA
Aug 3 - Long Beach, CA
Aug 4 - San Diego, CA
Aug 11 - San Francisco, CA
Aug 17 - New York, NY
(full tour schedule)
***Sept 22 - Washington, DC @ the Rock and Roll Hotel***
***Oct 3 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop***

Pre-order Emerald City from Barsuk Records / Insound
John Vanderslice's website (mp3s available for download here)
John Vanderslice's myspace (where you can stream Emerald City)

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