Angelo De Augustine first caught our ear last year with his sophomore album Swim Inside the Moon, his first release for Sufjan Stevens' Asthmatic Kitty label. That album was recorded alone by Angelo in his bathtub, with just a single Shure SM75 mic running into an analog reel-to-reel, which helped give the songs the perfect raw, stripped-back effect for his somber songwriting. He's now following that album with the Carcassonne 7" this Friday (6/29) on Asthmatic Kitty, and this one was also self-recorded at home and sounds just as awesomely bare-bones as Swim Inside the Moon.

The acoustic guitar-fueled a-side "Carcassonne" came out earlier this month, and we're now premiering the b-side "Effervescent Islands" ahead of the release. This one's got Angelo on piano (presumably the same 100-year-old piano that belongs to his mother that he used for Swim Inside the Moon), and the keys sound nice and worn in (and maybe not 100% in tune, in a good way), and his wispy falsettos are as gripping as you'd hope for this kind of stuff. Angelo tells us this song "is in part a ritualistic friendly greeting from a neighborhood kitty cat named Cato, the illusions that divide us as people, cyclical changes that are inevitable along the journey, and the undeniable power of goodness and love that exists in us all." Fans of Sufjan or early Bon Iver or early Youth Lagoon should take note. Listen to both songs from the new 7" below. Meanwhile, Angelo is currently finishing up work on a new album which is produced by Sufjan/The National/St Vincent collaborator Doveman.

As mentioned, Angelo is going on a co-headlining tour with another bare-bones singer/songwriter, Many Rooms (aka Brianna Hunt), who released her enjoyable debut album There Is A Presence Here earlier this year. The tour includes a Brooklyn show on August 9 at Union Pool (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Many Rooms / Angelo De Augustine -- 2018 Tour Dates
07/09 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
07/10 - Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room
07/12 - San Francisco, CA @ McEvoy Foundation for the Arts
07/13 - Portland, OR @ The Old Church
07/14 - Seattle, WA @ Fremont Abbey Arts Center
07/15 - Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
07/18 - Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
07/20 - Dallas, TX @ Regal Room
07/21 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
07/22 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
07/25 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
08/03 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
08/04 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
08/05 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
08/06 - Washington, DC @ DC9 Nightclub
08/08 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
08/09 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
08/10 - Boston, MA @ Red Room, Cafe 939
08/11 - Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
08/12 - Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
08/14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Funhouse
08/15 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s
08/16 - Detroit, MI @ The Pike Room
08/17 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
08/18 - Minneapolis, MN @ Icehouse

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