FROTH SIGN TO WICHITA RECORDINGS,
ANNOUNCE THIRD ALBUM OUTSIDE (briefly) OUT FEBRUARY 24, 2017
FIRST SINGLE “CONTACT” VIDEO PREMIERE VIA THE LINE OF BEST FIT
FALL AFRICA, UK, & EUROPE TOUR DATES
“The single is a heady mixture of krautrock and modern psych and vintage shoegaze. It’s packed with twinkling guitars and thick, gloopy layers of melody and bleached vox – while it’s pretty dreamy, a propulsive pulse thumps beneath, keeping you on tenterhooks.” – The Line Of Best Fit
Los Angeles, CA’s Froth have signed to Wichita Recordings and will release their third album Outside (briefly) on February 24, 2017. The band premiered the video for first single “Contact” this morning The Line Of Best Fit, and the Riley Blakeway-directed clip can also now be seen here: https://youtu.be/onTwCpPykt0.
“I feel like the video does a good job representing the inspiration of the song through a desperate space obsessed man,” says singer/guitarist JooJoo Ashworth of the video. “Riley and I work pretty easy together since we’ve collaborated several times before and have a lot of overlapping taste so making the video was really fun for me.”
The Thomas Dolas-produced Outside (briefly) is the sound of a band that’s truly found its voice, and in many ways feels like Froth’s proper debut. Across the ten songs, the band dialed back the noise and psych-pop found on their previous LPs to reveal delicately beautiful melodies, intricately arranged instrumentals, and some of their most experimental songwriting to date. This evolution revealed new dynamics of Froth’s sound, resulting in a moodier and more atmospheric bend to their shoegazing melodicism and pop sensibilities, mixing the driving, tuneful drone of first single “Contact” alongside the epic squall of the intertwining guitars on “Passing Thing” and the more spare, meditative landscape of “Show A Flower A Candle And It Grows” (featuring lead vocals from drummer Cameron Allen). Whereas previously they operated mainly as a guitar-driven band, here finds songs augmented by highlights of cello and synths (courtesy of Dolas), as well as drum machines, Rhodes, and other keys. Lyrically, Ashworth found the works of authors Richard Brautigan (the album title comes from a chapter in one of his books) and Haruki Murakami as a fitting inspiration for the dark beauty of Outside (briefly)’s music. The result is their most varied yet cohesive work to date: a refined studio effort that no longer feels like a documentation of a live band of a collection of songs, but rather a complete, full-bodied album.
Outside (briefly) was written throughout late 2015 – following the release of their sophomore LP Bleak – and into this year, and recorded to tape with Dolas in Los Angeles over 40 days in May and June; the ample local studio time allowing for experimentation and contributing to the homegrown, relaxed feel of the album.
Formed in Los Angeles in 2013, Froth first garnered attention with their debut LP, Patterns. Originally intended as a small-run cassette release, the album quickly became an underground sensation in the Southern California music scene, catapulting the band to local fame and prompting a vinyl re-release in 2014. The following year saw the arrival of Bleak, a more dynamic, adventurous effort that matched lush shoegaze soundscapes with driving krautrock beats, and earned the band press attention from outlets including NPR Music, Noisey, Vogue.com, and Stereogum, among others. Froth toured extensively across the U.S. and Europe in support of the album, opening for acts such as The Drums, Tamaryn, Pond and Craft Spells.
Outside (briefly) is available to pre-order now on CD, limited edition yellow vinyl, and download via here: https://lnk.to/frothoutside. Pre-orders through the Wichita store include an exclusive signed poster.
Froth is: JooJoo Ashworth (guitar/vocals), Cameron Allen (drums), and Jeremy Katz (bass), with Nick Ventura (guitar) joining them at their live shows.
Outside (briefly) track listing:
- Shut The Windows
- Passing Thing
- Romance Distractions
- Sensitive Girl
- New Machine
- Show A Flower A Candle And It Grows
Froth Africa, UK, & Europe tour dates:
NOV. 11 WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA PSYCH NIGHT FESTIVAL
NOV. 17 EINDHOVEN, NL COME AS YOU ARE FESTIVAL
NOV. 18 BRUSSELS, BE LE TRONE
NOV. 19 PARIS, FR NEW NOISE NIGHT (At Trabendo)
NOV. 20 MIDDELBURG, NL DE SPOT
NOV. 21 LONDON, UK MOTH CLUB
NOV. 23 AMSTERDAM, NL OT301
(2 Year Black Rice Anniversary Event & Subbacultcha Present)