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No End in Sight (2012) marks a departure from Outerhope’s earlier work. Featuring intricate arrangements awash in shimmering synths, guitar layers, electronic drumbeats, and boy-girl pop vocals, the songs are in turns tinged with melancholy and expectancy, from the hypnotic “Lost Year” to the infectious “No End in Sight,” to the otherworldly yet somehow familiar “Hear the Days Go,” and finally, to the wistful “Pale as the Day”. This latest release may surprise some who have come to think of the brother-sister duo as having a certain organic, folk sensibility. Rather than a radical departure, however, No End in Sight offers a new take on the themes of hazy memory and loss that have shaped the siblings’ prior work.

No End in Sight (EP)

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01 Lost Year
02 No End in Sight
03 Hear the Days Go
04 Pale as the Day

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Two closed-mouth songs, a soundtrack for the rapture.

Tender Baal (Single)

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01 Tender Baal
02 Pious Kiss

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The Bearded Ladies is an intermedia collaboration between IdKids & Mariano Ching, featuring contributions by Pat Sarabia (plant a tree) and Francis Cabal (The Treblinka Love Scene). “Vesuvian” is a track from the forthcoming “Music from Headlights” soundtrack for Mariano Ching’s limited edition screenprinted comic, available for purchase at the Department of Avant-Garde Clichés, 2289 Pasong Tamo Extension, UPRC III Building, Makati.

Cover art by idkids with elements from Mariano Ching’s “Headlights.”

Vesuvian / Amateur Cartography (Split)

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01 Vesuvian
02 Amateur Cartography

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The split single, “Displaced Voices / Old Houses,” is the debut Number Line Records release from Third World Summer and Love in Athens. While these two artists take different approaches to electronic music, both tracks on this release traffic in a sense of movement, switching from uptempo beats that evoke dense city environments to dreamlike images of the past, the coast, and urban escapes.

“Displaced Voices” introduces Third World Summer, the brand new project of Seattle’s Allan Lumba. Combining layered vocals with quick beats that recall travels in and out of the city, the track takes Lumba’s favoured themes of distance, melancholy, and nostalgia and works them into a hazy summer track that demands repeat listening.

Originally conceptualized as a post-rock project, Love in Athens (Francis Maria Regalado) has been experimenting with a new synthpop sound. Some of the results can be seen in “Old Houses,” a track that merges shimmering synths and strong base frequencies to represent what Regalado describes as “a human pulse in the middle of a heartless urban setting.” “Old Houses” also gives a sense of things to come from Love in Athens, who will be releasing a single, “Pinnacles,” and an EP, Half-awake in the Morning Haze, later this summer.

Displaced Voices / Old Houses (Split)

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01 Displaced Voices
02 Old Houses

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