Listen to Wymond Miles' new post-punk love song, "Passion Plays"


    On the heel’s of last June’s excellent Under the Pale Moon, The Fresh & Onlys’ Wymond Miles has announced the release of his sophomore album, Cut Yourself Free, due out October 17th via Sacred Bones Records. (The Fresh & Onlys also have a new album, Soothsayer, out September 24th.)

    Self-recorded directly to tape, the nine-track effort is “another convergence of moonlit romantic swagger and post-punk mascaraed urgency,” according to press release. Adding, “Miles’ poignant song-craft has emerged more refined, benefiting from the avalanche of his frenzied live shows, but also adhering to a more minimalistic fashion with crooning mid-era Nick Cave or Bowie/Roxy Music strains of pop-modernism. Gone for now are the chordal acoustic strums and the 7-minute prog bluster of previous efforts, replaced with a didactic tone that’s at once far heavier and equally more spacious and concise.”

    Ahead of the album’s release, on September 17th, Miles will release a 7″ single featuring the album track “Passion Plays” b/w a cover of The Terminals’ “Batwing”. The A-side succinctly illustrates his newfound experimentation with post-punk dissonance. Moving the emphasis away from his breathy vocals, Miles instead buries them under a pulverizing rhythm section and the serpentine undulations of a feedback-laden guitar. The result feels less intimate than some of his other tracks, but makes up for it emotionally with sheer force and volume. Listen in below.


    Cut Yourself Free Tracklist:
    01. The Ascension
    02. Passion Plays
    03. Night Drives
    04. White Nights
    05. Bronza Patina
    06. Vacant Eyes
    07. Anniversary Song
    08. Why Are You Afraid?
    09. Love Will Rise

    Miles will support the album with a short run of solo dates in November, opening up for Deerhunter, Crocodiles, and Weekend. Consult the full schedule below.


    Wymond Miles 2013 Tour Dates:
    09/06 – Salt Like City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
    09/07 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater *
    09/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel #
    11/06 – Costa Mesa CA @ Detroit &
    11/07 – San Diego CA @ The Casbah &
    11/08 – Los Angeles CA @ The Echo &
    11/09 – San Francisco CA @ The Chapel &
    11/11 – Portland OR @ Bunk Bar &
    11/12 – Seattle WA @ Barboza &
    11/15 – St. Paul MN @ Turf Club &
    11/16 – Chicago IL @ The Empty Bottle ¥
    11/19 – Toronto ON @ Lee’s Palace &
    11/20 – Montreal QC @ Divan Orange &
    11/21 – Allston MA @ Great Scott &
    11/02 – Philadelphia PA @ Boot & Saddle &
    11/23 – Brooklyn NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg &

    * = w/ Deerhunter
    # = w/ Weekend
    & = w/ Crocodiles