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Sinner

by Stone Irr

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    Stone Irr's debut album 'Sinner' on limited edition (of 100) smoky clear cassette tape.

    Includes digital pre-order of Sinner. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
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In My Mind
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Oh I Love You
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Wabash
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Muse
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Strain Provided
8.
Lighted Room
9.
In the Rain
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Sinner

about

The intimacy of being secretly hungover in church isn’t exclusive to the Midwest. Making eye contact and stifling a smirk during the walk back from communion has probably been a lovely irreverence for as long as there have been churches and young people. But that giddy fizz of a shared secret is only fraction of the story - it quickly turns to a headache and an hour of kneeling. Every joyous blur of a night comes with a sobering slide into the next day. Stone Irr’s debut full length record, 'Sinner', is a soundtrack to that transition: The space between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

'Sinner's blurry tone stems from a relationship ending as production of the album came to a close. As the songs went from being strummed and hummed in Stone’s bedroom, to maturing in Bloomington, Indiana basements and living rooms, it became clear that the unraveling love was an uncredited sculptor. So while some songs are rooted in moments of warmth, seeds of doubt grew in tandem with the music, creating songs that are hymns of praise or lament, depending on the day.

So 'Sinner' couldn’t help but be sexy and sad. Each song as guilty and lustful as a realistic love song should be. It’s present in “Wabash” and “In My Mind”, honest odes sung to the inane and tragic thoughts that come from trying to love someone. In “Strain Provided” and “What I Do Best” we see the cruel, honest face of a carefully examined relationship. And then we feel the tremors in “Oh I Love You”, when Stone meditates on moments of romantic self-doubt with the simple, but devastating, lyric of “Oh I love you / But who am I to say?”

For Stone, learning to question was fundamental to creating a stronger bond with your faith when he was growing up. But with this habit, when new moments of clarity are found, it’s hard to not take any catharsis and smash it with doubt. So we get songs like “Lighted Room” and “Sinner” where he gazes into his relationship with the divine and yet is still speaking to love. Showing how the impulse to purify can become self-immolation when you are trying to hunt down every flaw and atone for every sin. Struggling to parse joy from sorrow can be the same act as trying to tell if last night was worth it.

Through its turmoil, 'Sinner' provides an excuse for us all to be vulnerable. Immediately, it’s hard to not be disarmed by Stone’s voice. At its peak, a belted croon that bursts out of his small frame, but at other moments, and just as effortlessly, a controlled, welcoming whisper. His songwriting dips into the intimacy of early, Sufjan Stevens and the attractive brood of a Jeff Buckley album. The lyrics tapping into the open heart of The Antlers and doing the poetic work of early Elliott Smith. A start-to-finish listen is a ritual reminder of what laying yourself bare can yield: The possibility of loving and hurting, building and destroying, to be loud and to be soft. And this possibility is as intoxicating as it is terrifying.

'Sinner' holds that last bit of transcendence that an ex-believer and an ex-lover can conjure from remnants of their past passion. Pulling that last bit of belief out, to a wave of relief at least one more time. Leaving you saying to yourself, “Maybe this will be the thing that saves me.” Even as you are sneaking out the back door, so you can have a moment to compose yourself.

credits

releases July 28, 2017

Songs: Stone Irr
Produced & Mixed: Aaron Smith
Mastered: Kate Haldrup
Cover Art: Raf Cronin

Thanks to: Nick F, Kayla B, Sam L, Raf C, Joey W, Alicia L, Aaron S, Harlan K, Kraegan G, Andrea K, Drew S, Austin G, Peter T, Mom and Dad

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Stone Irr Bloomington, Indiana

Stone Irr is the product of a special kind of Midwestern religious folk. Just start with the name: what seems like an obvious pun was, in fact, an honest mistake, and as soon as Stone's parents found out, they offered to take him to the Lafayette, Indiana courthouse and change it. He was already in middle school. True story. ... more

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Track Name: What I Do Best
Do not tell me when I can or cannot be depressed
A sly smile tells you nothing
But a record of my momentary act
All for you, the viewer

What does it mean when I masturbate on some rag
And toss it on top of a note from my mother

Is he a stronger man than I
I feel as a misfit feels
Of adulterous proportion
And she knows and she groans

Each hour is a grueling testament
To what point I cannot stand
Standing away in another state
Should a change be made to stay away for good?

It's just an act in my mind
A second guess
I guess it's what I do best
When there’s no one near

And I will hold you soon
Not long enough until
We're standing together in one state
And she knows and she moans

All night
Track Name: For My Friends
Wake full day by day
Rustle my tongue on your face
I can't even believe
The shit I tell myself

Focus on the good lord
I haven't got the time
The only guilt I feel now
Is when they ask for dimes

But I think these things
Have a way of working out
Even though we're hopeless
And all live in doubt

But I think these things
Have a way of working out
Even though we're pointless
And all live in doubt

Submerge my face down
Look to see my friends
Can't believe their mine
Call my life sublime
Call it second life