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Performance

by Stone Irr

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    Stone Irr's new album 'Performance' on classic black vinyl.

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    Stone Irr's second album 'Performance' on CD, in a 4-panel wallet.

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    Stone Irr's new album 'Performance' on a yellow tint cassette. Limited pressing of 100!

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1.
Nosedive
2.
3.
02:44
4.
03:51
5.
Calm
6.
03:17
7.
Move
8.
Cheer Up
9.
Incessant
10.
Lift Your Shirt

about

Stone Irr’s new, second album 'Performance' is equal parts heart-on-the-sleeve Midwestern indie and warm, West Coast pop, reflecting the artist's Indiana upbringing and recent move to Los Angeles.

Stone's growth as an artist, songwriter, and arranger since his 2017 debut album 'Sinner' is obvious on the standout track "All We Want Anymore." The song features a bright, Beatles-like melodic structure and a cascading finale of strings and horns that pushes Stone's voice deep into the mix.

That voice, often multi-tracked with layers of harmonies, is Stone Irr's defining quality. It floats through the record, at times whispered and ethereal and at others gritty and broken, reminiscent of Thom Yorke, Jessica Pratt, Jens Lekman, and Sufjan Stevens.

Lyrically, Stone meditates on "performance" as the relationship between observer and observed. This metaphor allows him to explore the modern experience of hyper-connected isolation caused by "sharing your life on the screen" (Nose Dive), and the delicate nature of self knowledge ("I'm more selfish than I thought", Cheer Up).

'Performance' also features essential, thoughtful production and beautiful performances from Mark Edlin and Ben Lumsdaine (Kevin Krauter, Major Murphy, Steve Marino) and album art by William Schaff (Okkervil River, Songs: Ohia).

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releases September 20, 2019

All songs written and performed by Stone Irr
Produced and Mixed by Ben Lumsdaine
Co-produced by Mark Edlin and Stone Irr
Engineered by Ben Lumsdaine and Mark Edlin
Additional engineering by Stone Irr
Mastered by Mike Bridavsky

Recorded at Primary Sound Studios
Mixed at Russian Recording

Mark Edlin: drums on Nosedive, All That We Want Anymore, Move, Calm, Storyline, Fine With Me, Incessant

Ben Lumsdaine: drums on I Don't, bass on Storyline, organ on Nosedive, Cheer Up, tac piano on Storyline, additional guitar on Incessant, Lift Your Shirt, aux percussion

Yoed Nir: strings on Cheer Up, All That We Want Anymore, Calm

Brennan Johns: brass and horns on Storyline, All That We Want Anymore
Molly Pope: organ on I Don’t

Horn and brass performance and arrangement by Brennan Johns
Horns and Brass recorded at Butter Music + Sound

String performance/cello & string arrangement by Yoed Nir.
Strings recorded at Yoed Nir's Studios.

Thanks to Mike Adams, Zac Canale, Steve Marino, Mark Edlin, Joey Wańczyk, Nick Faidley, Jack Andrews, my Butter family, Mom and Dad

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Stone Irr Los Angeles, California

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: All We Want Anymore
What if I sing a song
Only for me
The only tune I sing
To provide some ease
Lately

You said you wanted to see
Me with no emotion
Foul mouth opens up
Every word you break my little heart

It’s all right now
I’m blind with optimism
In my musical world

It’s all that we want anymore
A melody to drown our sorrows

Do I think I'm better since I woke up with someone new
The face familiar in augmentation but who isn't you
It's so funny that you ask if I have a new person in my life
on your birthday
Track Name: Fine With Me
Press my hands into
Feel the warmth inside
Every little thread
All my punctured lives
I am on a roll
Like two years before
Taking every soul
That's not yet malleable

And I'm sorry
My words are meaningless
When you're standing drunk
I'm cold and sober

I am so cold

You can't take it back
Though you wish you could
Now you're holding on
To that book I lent
I don't even care
If you tear the pages out
Just be fine with me
And I'll be fine with you

I thought of her the whole damn time
I was afraid to let you know
This carnal trance I love it so
I was afraid to let you go
Who am I to kid I felt nothing
Your heart to break is a choice I make
I thought of her the whole damn time
I was afraid to let you know
Track Name: I Don't
You are my new demon
Tease me out, never speak again
I was fine until you called in a drunk rush

We never talked of our dreams
As they never occurred to me
Now every night they feature you, my failure

So hard to see you
All I wanna do is see you leave
Consciousness is just dead peace
All I wanna do is see you leave

How do you tell someone else
That you want them to vanish
From your life when they are high on a bus at night

You tell me to go kiss someone else
I hope you embarrassed yourself
But you deleted every trace of emotion

So hard to see you
All I wanna do is see you leave
Consciousness is just dead peace
All I wanna do is see you leave

I want to push pins through
Katherine leave this goddamn house right now
I want to push knives through
Katherine leave this goddamn house right now

I want to push pins through
Katherine leave this house
I want to push knives through
Katherine leave this house

I don’t want you, I don’t want you
I could save you, wish you could do
All I did for you
I don’t want you, I don’t want you
I could save you, wish you could do
All I did for you
Track Name: Storyline
I spin these wheels at night
And drive my mind to cloud-like heights
Floating out of sight

Contentedness is my biggest lie
I weave some storyline
Down and out I'm hitting ground
Right as I fall out
Out of your arms

My calendar is anchored in
A heartbreak that gave my life a map
Now I've moved away like the love before me
People ask if I'm feeling changes
Change is on my mind

Let's break our conduct when I announce that
I don't feel a thing
Down and out I'm hitting ground
Right as I speak words of familiarity

You left me blind
Lovely

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