Spectral Park

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"Spectral Park is a collection of songs that serve as reflections of a fractured year full of joys and sadness, a jumble sale of ideas and moments that work together, dancing and exploding off of one another. These songs lunge off the record, bursting with breakneck tempos and infectious, soaring melodies, sounding as if they are ready to shatter under all of the energy rattling inside. Moreover, they offer a unique and exciting view into a reconstructed musical past, one that brings bygone eras of mind expansion and infinite human potential back within reach. The tale behind this record spans elation and terror, hard decisions and changing environments, and the end result sounds like how it feels to drive through a long, dimly-lit tunnel into blinding daylight. That moment where your eyes begin to adjust has been time-extended by the artist and channeled into this music. Contrary to the armchair cynics out there, better times are coming; they just might not be the ones you anticipate. This record is proof." -Mexican Summer

"Out on a stroll in the council block housing near his home in Southampton, Luke Donovan happened on a box of beat-up records. Intrigued, he brought his findings home, slapped one down on the turntable, and started strumming. The result of this past-and-present fusion is 'Spectral Park', the self-titled debut from Donovan's phonographically enhanced one-man band. But if the Spectral Park project got its start on a leisurely afternoon constitutional, the album itself winds up feeling a lot more like one of psychonaut hero Aldous Huxley's wild rides. The push-and-pull between Donovan's high-spirited, straight-outta-1966 psych-pop and the snatches of exotica he applies liberally to Spectral Park's surfaces leaves the album constantly teetering on the edge of chaos. How fitting, then, that Donovan himself, driven almost mad by a romance gone sour, spends Spectral Park sounding every bit as turned-around and twisted as the funhouse mirrors that make up his music." -Pitchfork

Released on vinyl by Mexican Summer, 1/29/13

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released June 25, 2013

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