Xander Harris is releasing his new album, Say Your Goodbyes, under the name Justin Sweatt as he feels it doesn’t quite fit in with what you might expect from him. It’s also worth mentioning that he’s not the character from Buffy The Vampire Slayer. It’s a an album inspired by Brian Eno’s Another Green World, Reichmann’s Wunderbar, Cluster and Roedelius - basically music that is good for contemplation. LP on Night Rhythms.
Vinyl LP £19.99
Clear vinyl LP on Night Rhythms. Edition of 150 hand-numbered copies in screen printed, reverse board jackets.
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- Say Your Goodbyes by Justin Sweatt (Xander Harris)
As Xander Harris, Justin Sweatt has been reasonably prolific making records channelling Giallo/horror soundtracks, electro/Italo disco and synthwave. He began using the handle when he emerged on L.A. label Not Not Fun and has gone on to release on Mogwai’s Rock Action imprint and most recently Burning Witches. Prior to that, he briefly recorded as Kosmodrome and also issued a bunch of noise CDr releases as Scab Sand Witch.
‘Say Your Goodbyes’ however, is his first record where he’s using his real name, and listening makes it clear to hear why he’s not using an alias, as it strikes me as a deeply personal, soul searching album. Sweatt has namechecked Eno's 'Another Green World', Cluster & Roedelius, and Riechmann’s 'Wunderbar' as inspiration and we can certainly hear the DNA of those records running through the structure of these tracks. Influences aside, the core of the album really is very much the artists emotions - making it a beautifully introspective work, perfect for consumption during the small hours. We know this man can more than handle his synthesizers and drum machines and he really makes them sing here. Right from the opening longing melodies of ‘The Girl With the Diamond Tattoo’ there’s a sadness and sense of longing that lingers throughout - we can sense regret but there’s also a subtly ecstatic joy that seems to relay that tomorrow will be a brighter day.
A lush, intimate album that seems to effortlessly whisk us into a state of deep contemplation. After a couple of spins, I was smitten.
150 copies have been pressed by Austin, Texas label Night Rhythms Recordings. We scored clear vinyl copies from that run, of which there are just 50, and they look sweet in hand-numbered, screen-printed reverse board jackets.
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