Topshelf Records


2020 Label Sampler

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Topshelf Records 2020 Label Sampler The culmination of a year's worth of work with and for artists that we're so fortunate, excited, and thankful to be affiliated with. It's been the most surreal of years, but has also been one of the strongest in terms of musical output that our label has ever had. Catch up with everything we've released recently with our annual PWYW sampler! more info →

A few words on our *~new~* website

When writing about a song or album, the convention is to use the present tense. A piece of music, although representative of and influenced by the era in which it was created, is ultimately always experienced in ~the present~. It's with this innocuous little thought nugget that we bring you the newest version of our humble home on the www.

We built this website while pondering ways that we could, at every turn, focus on discovery by bringing music we released years ago relevantly back into the present. By hand curating similar artists within our roster and meticulously sorting every album we’ve ever released by genre, we’ve spent hundreds of hours building this robust website experience to hopefully challenge how we collectively talk and think about music. New music discovery is exciting—to be real, it’s a large part of why we run a label—but so is discovering music that’s simply

new to you.

It’s our hope that you'll enjoy digitally crate digging through this new online home of ours, finding and connecting with the 223 albums we’ve released with 137 artists from all around the world over the last 14 years. Directly below are a few of our favorites to get you started.

However you’ve found yourself here presently, thanks so much for stopping by. We couldn’t do this without your support and enthusiasm.

-Mack, Kevin, Sarah, Seth, & Will

 
t   Boyscott - Goose Bumps

Goose Bumps

Boyscott
Mid-Air Thief - Crumbling

Crumbling

Mid-Air Thief
o Alfred. - Like You!!

Like You!!

Alfred.
p   Thanya Iyer - Do You Dream? Mixtape

Do You Dream? Mixtape

Thanya Iyer
Really From - Verse

Verse

Really From
s Wild Ones - Heatwave

Heatwave

Wild Ones
h e DANGERS - The Bend in the Break

The Bend in the Break

DANGERS
l   Ratboys - Printer's Devil

Printer's Devil

Ratboys
addy - Eclipse

Eclipse

addy
f   toe - For Long Tomorrow

For Long Tomorrow

toe
Explosive, unpredictable, and persistently candid throughout, I Owe You Nothing is a lesson in introspection and identity. The Denton, Texas-based Record Setter are unflinchingly inventive with every new release, creating intricate compositions which balance their fierce spirit and delicate emotions. Frenzied and impassioned vocals soar over thunderous guitars, ferocious percussion, and bone-shaking low-end, comprising fervent songs that oscillate between raw powerful screamo and affective post-rock melodies. Through introspective lyricism and turbulent sonic soundscapes, I Owe You Nothing chronicles the lifelong journey of coming to terms with yourself, your anxieties, and your mistakes, ultimately rewarded by a sense of empowered independence. more info →

Elephant Gym


Dear Humans

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Written for the Taiwanese theatre production, Big Band Species, "Dear Humans" finds Elephant Gym at their most dynamic in this whimsical crossover project. Each member of the trio's acumen is featured throughout the composition's distinct movements, which starts on a contemplative piano-led overture before plunging headfirst into unpredictable segments of bass-driven passages which draw influence from math-rock, funk, classical, and post-bop. Ever stylistically all-encompassing, Elephant Gym's deft, diverse arrangements are a perfect auditory match to the Shakespeare's Wild Sisters Group theatre production. more info →

 

Flung


Shaky But My Hair Is Grown

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Flung’s debut album showcases their aptitude for songcraft; Shaky But My Hair Is Grown is both restless and instantly relatable. Ambient recordings and unusual chord progressions play duets over hard hitting polyrhythms woven from glitchy samples and clipped loops. The album’s whimsical yet poignant songs venture in all directions, a scattering of textures laced together with some intangible thread. Finding cadence in assemblage, Flung never sits in one place for too long, instead inviting the listener to share in the joy of the unpredictable. more info →

 

Gulfer


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Explosive, agile emo serves as the backdrop to guitarist and vocalists Vincent Ford and Joe Therriault's honest and vulnerable lyricism, with the two sharing the writing process on a record that tackles human nature; exploring self-doubt, resentment, complex relationships, climate change, and the waning of youth. The band never lose the sense of playfulness and fun that is omnipresent in their live show, an undeniable, electric energy that stems from being a group of close friends before all else. more info →

 

Introducing: Olivia Kaplan

Olivia Kaplan

2021 finds her embarking on a new chapter with single “Wrong”, a warm and bouncing groove dedicated to everyone trying their best to find balance in devastation and absurdity. read more →

 

A Time Capsule of Experiences in Denton, TX // Get to Know: Crisman

Crisman

"Creating is a way to get out of my head, so I like to keep an open mind and try not to hold myself to any specific plan or boundaries." read more →

 

addy // Home Studio Tour

addy

"I love when an album feels like you could live inside it." A home studio tour with addy ~ read more →

 

2020 Music Videos in Review

I thought it would be fun to look back on this year in music videos, thinking we must have had a hand in releasing 9 or 10..... little did I realize that my fragile grasp on time has erased large swathes of the last year selectively (is this relatable?) read more →

 

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