Once shelter in place took hold, Needle reunited to work on a new batch of music. Some of these songs have been around for awhile and some are newer. In the same way that a dormant desert seed has known water will eventually come, The Long View is about awakening from a long slumber and reclaiming oneself after being lost and forgotten on the outskirts.
We enlisted Dana Colley (Morphine, Twinemen, Vapors of Morphine) to play saxophone on a few tracks and Kramer (Low, Galaxie 500, Daniel Johnston) once again mastered the project.
In anticipation of the 2020 relaunch of Shimmy-Disc in partnership with Joyful Noise Recordings, Kramer is re-starting his pioneering work as a one of American Indie Music's most storied A&R men by launching Shimmy-Disc Digital; the digital streaming arm of Shimmy-Disc. This venture begins with his first signing, Needle. Their LP The Long View (also Mastered by Kramer) is the debut release on this new digital-only label, and the start of a new tradition of Kramer-curated music in the 21st century.
"The decisively paced reflective, often echoing, concoctions of low-fi and down-tempo gazed symphonies ebb and flow within the grooves of The Long View." - Nanobot Rocks
"The band's lo-fi rock/slowcore sound takes cues from the genre's forefront such as the aforementioned Low and Galaxie 500, as well as the more Americana-bent Cowboy Junkies and The Walkabouts, while Colley's involvement on sax can't help but bring to mind the nocturnal genius of Morphine, especially on tracks like the melodious, powerful album closer, The Last of Light, whose sweet melancholy dwells both in the acute instrumentation, and the warmth of the steady and very much expressive vocal delivery" - Destroy//Exist
"thoughtful, gentle piano and organ passages, understated guitars, muted drums and the captivating melancholy of Cornett's voice" - The End of Traveling
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