A brand new song entitled "Smiling Black Faces" from Kyp Malone's anticipated Rain Machine album will debut at href="http://stereogum.com/archives/mp3/new-rain-machine-smiling-black-faces-stereogum-premiere_087781.html">Stereogum> on 09/01. Known as singer and guitarist for celebrated genre defying band TV on the Radio, with Rain Machine, Malone has constructed an album of musically adventuresome and affecting songs. Malone played nearly all the instruments on Rain Machine and the record was produced by Ian Brennan (Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Jonathan Richman, Lucinda Williams).
While the first song revealed off the album "Give Blood" was a fuzzed out garage rock workout, the second to debut, "Smiling Black Faces" is a soulful and building piece of gospel infused guitar rock with Malone offering up some truly remarkable lyrical imagery, referencing "bodies strung like tanning hides," and the headline-grabbing murder of Sean Bell by off-duty New York police. Malone says the freedom of writing on his own allowed him to venture further. "If I'm writing with a group of people or another person, even if I wrote the song, I know it may be attributed to someone else," he says. "It's reflective of something more than yourself, so I may touch on something more politely. But there's a different freedom that comes with doing something by yourself, and I think this album reflects that."
"Smiling Black Faces" debuts 09/01 href="http://stereogum.com/archives/mp3/new-rain-machine-smiling-black-faces-stereogum-premiere_087781.html">here>.
Rain Machine's debut album available 09/22 on Anti Records.
Catch RAIN MACHINE on tour this Fall:
2009-09-21 The Bell House Brooklyn NY 2009-09-25 The Echo Los Angeles CA 2009-09-26 Getty Center Los Angeles CA 2009-09-28 Independent San Francisco CA 2009-09-30 Doug Fir Portland OR 2009-10-01 Neumos Seattle WA 2009-10-09 Bottle Tree Birmingham AL 2009-10-10 One Eyed Jacks New Orleans LA 2009-10-12 40 Watt Club Athens GA 2009-10-13 The Earl Atlanta GA 2009-10-15 Annex Madison WI 2009-10-16 7th Street Entry Minneapolis MN 2009-10-17 Double Door Chicago IL 2009-10-18 Magic Stick Detroit MI 2009-10-22 Middle East Club Cambridge MA 2009-10-23 Johnny Brendas Philadelphia PA 2009-10-25 Black Cat Washington DC