“Toil and Trouble” By Angelo De Augustine
Singer/songwriter Angelo De Augustine has shared “Toil and Trouble,” the title track from his forthcoming album due out June 30th via Asthmatic Kitty Records.
Says De Augustine: “This album came from thinking about the madness of the world right now and how overwhelming that can be,” says De Augustine. “I used a sort of counter-world as a guide to try to gain some understanding of what’s actually going on here – I had to take myself out of reality in order to try to understand reality.”
Toil and Trouble is the singer/songwriter’s first solo effort since his 2019 album, the Thomas Bartlett-produced Tomb, and follow-up to 2021’s critically acclaimed collaboration with Sufjan Stevens, A Beginner’s Mind, Toil and Trouble sees the Southern California artist returning to the self-contained approach of his 2015 debut Spirals of Silence and 2017’s Swim Inside the Moon. De Augustine spent nearly three years working alone and exploring the vast expanse of his imagination, creating an all-enveloping work that exists according to its own quixotic logic, inhabiting a psychic landscape as sublimely mystifying as a fever dream or fairy tale. He wrote, arranged, recorded, produced, and mixed Toil and Trouble on his own, shaping the album’s ornately detailed sound by performing on 27 different instruments (including such oddities as a xylophone made of glass). In the midst of that highly experimental process, he endured an ephemeral but nightmarish period of otherworldly sensations and supernatural visions—an experience that briefly disrupted the album’s creation but in the end helped to enrich Toil and Trouble’s immense emotional depth.
Angelo De Augustine
Toil and Trouble
Asthmatic Kitty Records
1. Home Town
2. The Ballad Of Betty and Barney Hill
3. Memory Palace
4. Healing Waters
5. The Painter
6. I Don’t Want To Live, I Don’t Want To Die
7. Another Universe
8. Song Of The Siren
9. Blood Red Thorn
10. Naked Blade
12. Toil and Trouble
Preorder Toil and Trouble by Angelo De Augustine HERE
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