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Today, Graham Van Pelt has announced his debut LP and shared a video for his first single entitled "Release Yourself". Graham's new LP Time Travel will be out October 19 via Arbutus Records. Graham also will be hitting the road this fall, full tour dates can be found below.
"I’d like to be as un-mysterious as I possibly can,” Graham Van Pelt says. He’s about to release Time Travel, his first record in the four years since he moved from Montreal to Toronto, and he’s no longer Miracle Fortress, or Inside Touch, or any of the aliases he’s used to record over the years. He’s just Graham Van Pelt.
With the perspective of leaving a longtime home, of watching old friends change and familiar places become unrecognizable, came a recommitment to an emotional honesty in Van Pelt’s songwriting. Time Travel’s eight songs are a tangle of friendships and feelings. Moving backwards and forwards in time, they occupy a space of elegant melancholy.
Immersing himself in the work of house music legends like Larry Heard, Vincent Floyd and Maurizio and the fragile disco of Arthur Russell, along with contemporaries like Jessy Lanza and Kelly Lee Owens, Van Pelt built the album from the bottom up, rooting every track in the crude sequencer of the Roland SH-101 synth, a decades-old dance music totem. The result are melodies that are simple but affecting, anchored to deep, wandering basslines. Time Travel was engineered by twin brothers Mark and Matt Thibideau, whose techno roots deepened the grooves throughout the record.
There’s a comfort to operating in the world of dance music, which is, in Van Pelt’s words, more of a “team sport” than the competitive atmosphere of indie rock. “I feel like one person participating in a community,” he says, “and less of a person trying to rise above.” The album is also Van Pelt’s first release on Arbutus, which he describes as his “dream outcome” for the record. “Their catalog intersects at a place that feels like home to me,” he says. “Music for late night, atmospheric music, really honest and unvarnished truthful stuff that never compromises.”
Time Travel is a renewal of Van Pelt’s vows with dance music, and with the genre’s pulse of synthesized melancholy. It’s a heartrending rush, as emotionally direct as a sweaty, jaw-clenching 3am hug.
GRAHAM VAN PELT ON TOUR
OCT 03 Birthdays w/ Kllo London, United Kingdom
OCT 04 Arch Space w/ Kllo London, United Kingdom
OCT 06 HÄKEN w/ Kllo Hamburg, Germany
OCT 07 Ideal Bar w/ Kllo Copenhagen, Denmark
OCT 09 Musik & Frieden w/ Kllo Berlin, Germany
OCT 10 MeetFactory w/ Kllo Prague, Czech Republic
OCT 11 Rote Sonne w/ Kllo Munich, Germany
OCT 12 Exil w/ Kllo Zürich, Switzerland
OCT 13 Costello Club w/ Kllo Madrid, Spain
OCT 14 Dabadaba w/ Kllo San Sebastián, Spain
NOV 07 Alphaville, Brooklyn, NY
NOV 08 - Deluxx Fluxx, Detroit, MI
NOV 11 - Bar Datcha, Montreal, QC
NOV 16 Mills Hardware, Hamilton ON
NOV 17 The Baby G, Toronto, ON
DEC 03 Mississippi Studios w/ Suuns Portland, OR
DEC 04 Sunset Tavern w/ Suuns Seattle, WA
DEC 06 Swedish American Hall w/ Suuns San Francisco, CA
DEC 07 The Ritz w/ Suuns San Jose, CA
DEC 08 Lodge Room w/ Suuns Los Angeles, CA
DEC 09 Soda Bar w/ Suuns San Diego, CA