We're thrilled to share the latest addition to the family with the signing of Mid-Air Thief and the reissue of their electronic-infused folk album, Crumbling. Already released everywhere digitally, pre-orders for vinyl, CD, and cassette launch today, and will ship on September 20, 2019.
Although sung almost entirely in Korean, Mid-Air Thief's cult-acclaimed album Crumbling, exhibits a distinct universality, merging disparate sounds and styles into a cohesive, electronic-infused folk amalgam that tactfully blurs the lines between organic and synthetic. Listeners are led through enrapturing passages of swirling melodies underscored with eloquent plucks, strums, and bursts of bubbly glitches. Individual phrases drift into one another as if in a dream, cohered by guest vocalist Summer Soul's entrancing hooks and vocal soundscapes. Crumbling is a compelling accomplishment of both composition and production, bending as it does to its unique contours of consonance and dissonance, always resolving to a place of calm and beauty.
Today we're excited to reveal the latest addition to the Topshelf family with the announcement of Alfred.'s Like You!!, to be released in collaboration with Citrus City Records on June 7, 2019. The record will be released with a special zine designed by the artist. Enjoy the album in full today, alongside the two-part music video for "Tales of a Queer Rapscallion" and "Like You! (Yes, You)."
Like You!! is the deeply multifaceted debut album by Richmond, VA's Alfred. Its warbly bell tones, expertly chopped melodic samples, and slow-mo hip-hop grooves form the instrumental base for the "darkgospel" singer/rapper Aaron Brown.
While Like You!! only clocks in at eight total tracks, its various producers and guest collaborators lend a striking sonic diversity to the overall work. Jazzy yet supple Dilla-reminiscent cuts such as "Tales of a Queer Rapscallion" contrast starkly with those like "GAMES," where Alfred.'s signature darkgospel stylings shine through most expressly. The record's wide spectrum is further emboldened by the substance of Brown's lyricism and personal convictions, taking cues from their genuine curiosity with the world around them, and blending that with their grief, hurt, hopes, and joys.
Ultimately, Alfred. strives to maintain their fondness of personal connection, symbolized in their favorite line of the album, taken from the song "Like You! (Yes, You)": "My hobby is functioning with my posse and I know that I get weird and loud but somewhere deep, deep down I was just tryna be like you."
Alfred. will also go on a short tour this summer with Citrus City Records labelmate Shormey ( * )
Of the two videos, Oliver Kalb (lead force behind Bellows) explains that, "'Denouement' and 'What Can I Tell You About The World?' are the two center-piece songs of the album — I think of them as representing two opposing emotions the album deals with. The first is a bitter, angry song, obsessed with the past and the misdeeds of others. The other is a song about peace, and about trying to live life without passing judgment on everything you see. They’re a duo because neither tells a full story: the world is neither as messed up as it is in 'Denouement' nor as simple and problem-free as 'What Can I Tell You About The World?' but together they form a worldview: feeling out the anger it takes to acknowledge when you’ve hurt, but not allowing it to overwhelm your ability to find happiness where it comes."
3/1 - Albany, NY @ Chateau
3/2 - Kingston, NY @ BSP
3/3 - Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s #
3/7 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
3/8 - Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA #
3/9 - Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong #
3/10 - Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight*
3/11 - Nashville, TN @ DRKMTTR*
3/12 - Little Rock, AR @ White Water Tavern*
3/13 - Denton, TX @ J&J’s Pizza*
3/14 - Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie’s*
3/16 - Austin, TX @ Topshelf Unofficial SXSW Day Party*
Topshelf Records is happy to welcome Another Michael to the roster with the release of their new EP, Land. The four track EP incorporates a wealth of stylistic touchstones that produce a thoughtful amalgam of indie pop carried by crispy, subdued electronic percussion. The eponymous Michael Doherty nimbly lavishes and bolsters each song with an angelic, agile vocal style, occasionally harking back to early 2000s R&B. But the group’s crafty instrumentation and production sit center stage too, consistently driven by a diverse sound palette that flashes with a distinct compositional elegance.
Check out the EP on your preferred platform, here.
Land was produced by Nick Sebastiano, Scoops Dardaris, and Michael Doherty.
We are so excited to announce that we will be releasing Doe's upcoming record, Grow into It on September 28th, in tandem with our friends at Big Scary Monsters! If this band isn't on your radar already, take some time to get acquainted with the energetic, UK-based trio whose music will transport you to your happy place. In yesterday's DIY Mag premiere of the first single "Heated", guitarist and singer Nicola Leel commented on the album's themes, and how it's centered around "the aging process and growth." Watch Doe's vibrant music video for the track, and grab a download anywhere you get your music -
If you've ever had the opportunity to see El Ten Elevenperform live, you already know how absolutely mind-blowing this band is. We have admired them for a long time and are ecstatic to have the chance to join forces to release their upcoming album, Banker's Hill!
The 9-song LP is packed with mathy, post-rock tracks with intricately layered instrumentals which work to create their unique and impactful sound. Today, you can hear the first single "Phenomenal Problems" and pre-order Banker's Hill.
A new single and music video from Chicago-based band Clearancepremiered today! The track "Had A Fantastic" is from their upcoming album At Your Leisure which we are absolutely thrilled to be releasing on vinyl, cassette, and digitally on July 27th. Post-Trash premiered the music video and song, commenting on the band's "ability to put their influences out in the open but not play by any strict rules, allowing themselves to take simple movements and string them together until they become one big hook."
We are so excited to add yet another powerhouse of a band to our roster! We are working with Taiwan-based math-rock band, Elephant Gym, to put their releases Balance, Angle, and Work on vinyl for the first time ever! You can pre-order your copy here - http://tpshlf.co/tsr_elephantgym
If you've already purchased our 2018 label subscription, you'll be receiving these releases as soon as they are available.
We are proud to announce that we will be working with Philly-based band, Queen of Jeans on to release their upcoming LP in early 2018! We are so excited about this album and can't wait to share more info with y'all. Keep your eyes peeled for updates.
Queen of Jeans will be playing some shows in the Northeast at the beginning of next year – with select dates supporting Balance and Composure!
1/5 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church* (Sold Out) 1/5 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle # 1/6 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom* 1/7 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair*
Happy first day of Fall everyone! We are thrilled to announce that we are teaming up with Babe City Records to release Gingerlys' upcoming S/T album on November 17th! Today, you can listen to the first single "Turtledoves" on Spotify – The Fader said the track's vocals "soar over a melodic dream-rock soundscape."
You can pre-order the album today through any of these retailers –