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Marcel Sletten - Vicious Kisses

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Track Listing

  1. The Cuckoo Clock (3:09)
  2. Oregon Tilth (3:38)
  3. Kali Yuga (3:55)
  4. Inner Richmond Sunset (1:02)
  5. Sleepless Nights (3:39)
  6. Cosumnes River Hymn II (3:55)
  7. Redwood Tree (2:50)
  8. Aquarius Sun (3:48)

Release Date August 27, 2021
Catalog Number SAL010 / PV-20
Format Cassette / Digital

The full-length debut from Athens, Georgia-based musician Marcel Sletten is a sardonic, romantic pop album. Described by Sletten as “Whitman/Titian-meets-Elvis Costello/Nick Cave,” Vicious Kisses was mostly recorded in a single week at the artist’s home in Lodi, California. “This is my insomnia album,” Sletten says, referring to Vicious Kisses’ emotionally turbulent late-night recording sessions.

Across eight synth-heavy tracks, Vicious Kisses incorporates elements of genres such as country, dub, jazz, and synthpop. The album’s centerpiece, “Sleepless Nights,” is equally inspired by ‘80s sophisti-pop and My Bloody Valentine; meanwhile, the blissed-out “Kali Yuga” blends processed lap steel with cello drones to create a singular, melancholic sound. Psychedelic folk music for the digital age.