SOCIAL STUDIES: AN INTRODUCTION
TO CHARLES ATLAS
This compilation celebrates ten years of Charles Atlas. Since 1998 their shimmering monets of sound have carried a recurring stamp of introverted minimalist beauty. Built on foundations of keys and guitars, these pieces avoid the traps of convoluted structure and skip straight to emotion.
The band has toured the States, England, Italy and performed at the M1 Fringe Festival in Singapore. Charles Atlas has shared bills with Low, Bright Eyes, Papa-M, Mick Turner, The Radar Bros., M. Ward, American Music Club, Pram, Juana Molina, and Tunng just to name a few. They've released five full lengths, a remix record, two seven inches, one ten-inch, a split CD-EP and have appeared on many label compilations. 'Social Studies' compiles their best material from this very fertile period.
3 The Snow Before Us
8 The Deadest Bar
9 Signal Flags
10 Strategies for Success Boxes
11 Port, Noise Complaint
RAY'S VAST BASEMENT
SCOTT PINKMOUNTAIN &
THE GOLDEN BOLTS OF TONE
THE FRESH & ONLYS
"As far as (blissed-out) instro music goes..CA are at the absolute peak of the mountain".
"(Charles Atlas) breathe new life into forms that feel familiar but since abandoned." -DUSTED
"This is a band not afraid to wrap itself in haunting beauty that's as fascinating as it is potentially soul-crushing." -FAKEJAZZ
"Creeping fogs, ghost trains and ravens on fenceposts have nothing on the impending sense of cumulative dread this San Franciso trio summons with its spookyvision soundtracks." -MAGNET