Monday, January 12, 2009
The year 2007 saw the welcome arrival of Travels, the musical team-up of ex-Metal Hearts member Anar Badalov and former Victory at Sea singer/guitarist Mona Elliott. Their self-released debut disc was a gorgeously haunting labor of love, written mostly as the two fell for each other during the 2006 European tour of their two bands, and as Mona dealt with the onset, treatment, and recovery from breast cancer. Well, this brand new year brings us the gift of their second full-length, a batch of songs penned as the two settled into their Union Square digs.
The upcoming disc, titled "The Hot Summer", officially arrives in a month or so, but the duo has been gracious enough to allow me to share the very first downloadable preview in the form of the song "Severed". As much as I loved their self-titled debut, this single track already shows remarkable growth, both in songwriting and their home-spun production, and has me hankering hard for the rest of the album...
Mp3: Travels - "Severed"
Two other new ones, "The Forgotten" and "Favorite People", can now be streamed at their MySpace page, along with a brand new demo of a post-"Hot Summer" song titled "Fiction". Keep an eye on that page for future demos, as well as ordering info for new album.
update 1/14 - Pre-ordering info is now available, and can be made via PayPal (see link on their MySpace page). Early orders get emailed a digital copy of the album in a month, on February 14th, and get mailed the disc that week, along with an 'extra-fun gift'.
Travels will celebrate the release of "The Hot Summer" on, appropriately enough, Valentine's Day, with a show at PA's Lounge in (where else) Somerville. Joining them to mark the occasion will be Animal Hospital, Arms and Sleepers, and Mary Page. Can't wait.
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