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Saddle Creek New Release Disq

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Saddle Creek Document: 006
Artist Name: Disq
Title: Communication b/w Parallel
Audio Format(s): 7″ + Digital
Date: January 25th, 2019
This morning Stereogum premiered “Communication” alongside its music video (which you can watch below). They called the song “an upbeat, chunky rocker that starts out plucky and trill but upticks into a clashing, reverb-drenched 21st century suburban breakdown… It’s catchy and satisfying, and if it’s an indication of what Disq has coming, they won’t be playing Madison house shows much longer.”
Photo Credit: Scotify Studios
Taking inspiration from the original concept behind the founding of Saddle Creek, as an attempt to highlight our home city through music and art, we began the Document Series in 2017. Each release featured in the Document Series is comprised of an exclusive record featuring unreleased music from artists outside of the label’s roster, along with a specially curated zine created by the artist. The sixth installment in the series comes from Wisconsin’s own, Disq.

Isaac deBroux-Slone and Raina Bock aren’t related but you’d probably be left with that impression after spending any considerable amount of time around them. In a fateful joining of family friends—Isaac from Madison, Wisconsin and Raina from the tiny town of Viroqua (pop. 4,500)—they were introduced as infants and their relationship has not only persevered but transformed into its entirely own entity as Disq.

The milieu of the midwest is often a character itself in the development of an artists’ story. Its vastness can isolate just as well as it can incubate a similar openness and humility in those who surrender to it. A general sense of moderation cradles the region, often giving birth to art though raw sentiment and a philosophy of “only the essentials.” However, defining Disq by their regional stereotype would be simply reductive as the songs they write suggest a more wandering palette. They count Todd Rundgren, Weezer, Big Star and The Beatles among the musicians whose records helped inform their own creative process, a realization that begin to flourish in their early teens.

Raised by artistically-inclined parents, Raina came up through the Waldorf school and learned to play several instruments at a very young age, while Isaac spent countless hours teaching himself how to produce and record music in his mom’s basement. After honing his sensibilities by recording his and Raina’s early work, he went on to record Disq’s first full effort, 2016’s mini-LP Disq I. Isaac then began recording his friends’ bands in that same basement and in under two decades’ time, Disq had released their first project, helped usher in other new talent through Isaac’s engineering work and been asked to open up for the likes of Whitney, Twin Peaks, Jay Som and Quilt as those bands toured through Madison.

Now, after hitting the road, the band will release a 7” titled Communication b/w Parallel as part of Saddle Creek’s Document Series, dedicated to highlighting artistic communities around the world that haven’t quite gotten the spotlight they deserve. And as much as Madison has been a breeding ground for the band’s creativity—a place to find inspiration—what also provides crucial context for both “Communication” and “Parallel” is this moment in time when the band is coming of age. Young people have unprecedented tools and technology for maintaining nonstop contact with far-flung family and friends, yet ironically both songs reflect a growing frustration with how ever-more difficult it is to truly find connection, understanding and intimacy in our lives despite devices and social media.

“Communication” is a big, crunchy power pop anthem, the type of song most bands work for years to produce. Both the song and its video—entirely conceived and produced by a group of friends, all iGen—speak to the ways we so desperately want to feel seen and understood yet so frequently misconstrue each others’ words and intent. Side B “Parallel” is immediately driven by Isaac’s stoically laconic vocal delivery that drones on until it blends seamlessly into a kaleidoscope of psychedelic sounds that evoke more contemporary galvanizers Tame Impala with production flourishes that recall Rundgren. It addresses the dissolution of a deep and meaningful relationship, and this universal experience of grief and loss is recounted by a voice attempting to ruminate on what it means to forge connections in a time when young people are completely redefining community in new and evolving ways.

Together, these songs encapsulate a dynamic band, grounded but ready for change.
Check out Disq on:
Facebook | Instagram | Bandcamp

Tour Dates:
Wed-Jan-23, Los Angeles, CA, The Bootleg (7″ release show)

“Communication”
Directed by Frances Lea Tyska & Stella Maris Bock
In the beginning, Saddle Creek was simply a way for us to highlight the music and art community in our hometown of Omaha, NE. Over the years, we have grown and our roster expanded to include artists from all over the world, but we never lost our love for the spirit in which the label was founded. While the scope of the label may have evolved over time, we know there are great music scenes all around the world that are in the same place we were in the beginning: a group of creators coexisting and collaborating within an artistic community that they know is special, but hasn’t quite gotten the spotlight it deserves.With that in mind, in 2017 we introduced our vinyl series, Document. We see Document as a unique way to reference our past, while at the same time reaching out to bands that aren’t already part of the Saddle Creek family and allowing them to shine a light on the art and music of their own communities. It’s our way to try to capture a band and their community in a specific place at a specific time, and share that with the world.
Document 001: Posse – Kismet
Document 002: Wilder Maker – New Streets
Document 003: Hand Habits – yr heart
Document 004: Palehound – YMCA Pool
Document 005: Hovvdy – Easy/Turns Blue
Document 006: Disq – Communication b/w Parallel

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