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Akron/Family "S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT" CD

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Spunk Records is very pleased to announce the sixth studio record of Portland’s Akron/Family: an album that came cloaked in mystery; the band spending the latter half of ’09 abroad conceiving it, and the start of ’10 recording, before delivering the record much later that year.

Finally, after months of unanswered emails and text messages, blown deadlines, and pleas to finish and turn in their new album, a large brown cardboard box showed up at the Dead Oceans U.S doorstep. It had "SHINJU TNT" scrawled across the box, and the return address read only "AK, Detroit."

From the note and a short video that arrived days later, we've pieced together that the album was written in a cabin built into the side of Mount Meakan, an active volcano in Akan National Park, on the island of Hokkaido, Japan. It was recorded in an abandoned train station in Detroit with Chris Koltay (Liars, Women, Deerhunter, Holy Fuck, No Age). Chris, on tour after finishing the record, commented: "this album will transcend the internet."

Akron/Family spent a year exploring the future of sound through Bent Acid Punk Diamond fuzz and Underground Japanese noise cassettes, lower case micro tone poems and emotional Cagean field recordings, rebuilding electronic drums from the 70's and playing them with sticks they carved themselves. The album layers thousands of minute imperceptible samples of their first recordings with fuzzed-out representations of their present beings to induce pleasant emotional feeling states and many momentary transcendent inspirations.