Suspended Second

by The Granite Shore

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    The standard edition of "Suspended Second" is the LP on 180gm black vinyl in a heavy gloss laminated gate-fold full colour sleeve. UK/ Europe/ Us buyers should order direct from Occultation via thegraniteshore.bandcamp.com/album/suspended-second-2

    Includes unlimited streaming of Suspended Second via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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      $32.50 NZD or more 

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Special limited edition Deluxe edition featuring:
    * Double LP, includes ltd. ed. second LP featuring the mono mix
    * Fully-laminated vertical gatefold sleeve with lyric inner
    * Double-sided insert with essay
    * Poster
    * 2 x fully-laminated full-size Tarot cards
    * CD in outer and inner sleeves
    UK/ Europe/ Us buyers should order direct from Occultation via thegraniteshore.bandcamp.com/album/suspended-second-2

    Includes unlimited streaming of Suspended Second via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Compact Disc with outer and inner sleeve card case replicating LP art work.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Suspended Second via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Streaming + Download

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    Download includes PDF of insert sheet essay included with the deluxe version of the LP

      $9 NZD  or more

     

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about

First and foremost, the second Granite Shore album is a pop record, albeit an angry one. When writing began in spring 2016, it dealt largely with anxiety. “Suddenly,” says Nick Halliwell, “we were overtaken by what felt like a national self- harming anxiety episode, which then went global.” Halliwell admits expecting the subject would be all over the arts by the time the record came out, yet little has materialised a year on. “I’m not sure this is my responsibility/But no-one’s stepping forward as far as I can see” goes one lyric. “A pop record is the obvious format for in-depth socio-political analysis so I allowed my lifelong love of ABBA free rein,” he remarks mischievously, “pop’s far more interesting than rock nowadays.” Enlisting cult singer John Howard’s voice of a (recording) angel was another step outside the Indie Ghetto.
The album employs a number of metaphors. “I considered picking up where the [2015 debut] "Once More From The Top" narrative left off, but resisted the temptation”, Halliwell adds, “I wanted to focus on hooks, trimming off any fat...” The best pop is all about economy, hence unambiguous songs like "Where does the Sadness come from?", "Outside, looking in" and "Buyer beware" sit alongside more expansive material like "The Performance of a Lifetime", which conflates Brexit with the deaths of two Princes.

Fishrider Records is co-releasing this album in NZ & Australia/ Oceania together with our UK partners Occultation Recordings - thegraniteshore.bandcamp.com/album/suspended-second-2

credits

released November 7, 2017

The Players
Mr Nick Halliwell ….…...........… Vocals, guitars, keyboards
Mr Phil Wilson …….….….….………………. Acoustic guitar
Mr Arash Torabi ………….…....………………….…….. Bass
Mr Ian Henderson ………..…….…………………….. Drums
Dr Steve Perrin ………….…….......… Electric guitar, vocals
Mr John Howard ……….…………..……….… Piano, vocals

Written and produced by Mr Halliwell. Engineered by Mr Duncan Chave at Sound Gallery, Exeter (England), 7th-9th September 2016, with further recording at The Hidden Room, Exeter and in Auckland (New Zealand) and Murcia (Spain), October 2016-June 2017. Mastered by Mr Halliwell and Mr Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering, Taunton (England).

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Fishrider Records Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin, NZ 'arts & crafts' record label dedicated to local DIY underground subversive pop music - guitar pop, synth pop, psych-pop, no wave, post-punk, and whatever else takes our fancy.

We co-release most of our titles with Occultation Recordings in the UK, taking Dunedin's underground to the world.
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