Fast forward to the present. The band has signed to Big Potato Records in the UK, a label founded in part by Neil Halstead, with plans for a July 19th release in the UK/Europe and a subsequent European tour. A North American digital release via Russo’s own imprint on Virtual Label is set for June 1, 2010.
In the album’s eleven elaborately cinematic outsider-pop tracks, violin innuendos and organ riffs tangle with scrap metal samples and found sounds. While thoughtful and often somber in theme, Russo’s songs are playfully bizarre, informed by extensive field research in the life of the heartbroken, reckless, romantic and mentally ill from a reflective and victorious post-everything perspective.
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