Alec Feld grew up in New York on a steady diet of Chicago house, disco, old Motown stuff and a smattering of his parents’ psych records, as well as “trashy ’90s dance.” Dark Matters is his debut LP as Expensive Looks. It flows continuously across nine tracks, touching on elements of all the music he grew up on: hypnotic house, textured minimalism, and the gorgeous moment of musical epiphany that happens when a beat drops out and all that’s left is the aural equivalent of taking a deep breath and staring at the stars. It’s a dance record with the sort of scrappy, open heart that can only come from someone like Feld. Expensive Looks is all encompassing, it draws from all genres without border, pulling everything into one warped but pointed mass. Dark Matters is available on CD and 500 red vinyl LPs. Shipping included in all prices.
Best Coast - Make You Mine double 7" colored vinyl with gatefold sleeve
It seems insane now, but when we started Group Tightener with Best Coast’s “Make You Mine” 7-inch we never anticipated her becoming the mega pop star she is today. Needless to say, we’re stoked. It couldn’t have happened to a better or more talented person. The only bummer is that we sold out of the records almost instantly, and it’s been unavailable since. We’re now bringing it back as a limited extra fancy double 7-inch gatefold edition on yellow vinyl at 45rpm. This is the last time this record will be available from us, so now would be a good time to get it! This pressing is limited to 2,000 records. Design and photography by Drew Heffron. Records will ship the week of November 15th. Shipping included in all prices.
Also, still available on iTunes and other digital shops.
R. Cole Furlow makes beautifully angsty music as Dead Gaze. His songs are bursting with warped emotion, fucked up vocals and thick riffs with a beating pop heart. We’re stoked to present five gems on our first ever 10-inch, each one will make you feel good about feeling bad. This pressing is limited to 500 records on translucent orange vinyl. Shipping included in all prices.
1. This Big World
2. It’s Not Real
3. We All Belong To You
4. There’s A Time To Be Stupid
5. Glory Days For Sure
We are proud to present the first ever physical release from Expensive Looks. The introductory 7-inch features two songs, with the B-side exclusive to this release. “Vanishers” is a hazy, slow-build of electronic loops and Alec Feld’s passionate croon, diping through the echoey peaks and valleys of a teen searcher’s bedroom wail. “Simon” gets a bit more sinister with off kilter samples mixing a criss cross of varient vocal attacks. The record is just a taste of the textured dance-oriented full length that will see its release on Group Tightener this summer. Limited to 500.
After releases with both Night People and Chapter Music, Australia’s Twerps bring their dark dream-pop to Brooklyn label Group Tightener. This three song 7-inch works as a companion piece (same art split into two) to their recently released 7-inch on Under Water Peoples. “She Didn’t Know,” begins with a roar of vocals and steadily swings through delicate guitar riffs, rollicking organ jams, and playful puppy dog yelps. The first few moments of the second track, “Anything New,” are a gentle lullaby until the vocals crash in with classic the suburban conundrum of being bored but dreading change. It’s full of delightful wallowing in the desire of an impossible paradox: “I’m gonna be more than a backyard boy” but I also don’t want anything new to happen in my life. The B-side wraps up the record with a devastatingly saccharine winding ballad called “Peculia.” Limited to 500.
France’s High Wolf previous released records on Not Not Fun, Bathetic and his own Winged Sun imprint. This is his second 12-inch, a 23 minute, five part epic journey through psych-loop trance heaven on the A-side. The B-side is a two track heavy trip through the temple of doom by Annapurna Illusion. Original art by Japan’s Ryo. Limited to 500 w/ insert. Shipping included in all prices.
Fungi Girls are three high school kids from Texas. They’ve released records on Hozac, Play Pinball and Psychic Lunch. For their Group Tightener release, the trio recorded twin bursts of catchy garage-psych that will force its way into your brain and probably chill there for months and months. Throw it in the jukebox and drop the quarter in…over and over. Limited to 500. Shipping is included in the below prices.
We’re super stoked to announce the release of our next two 7-inches from Brooklyn’s Coasting (run of 1,000) and New Jersey’s Fluffy Lumbers (run of 500). These have been a long time coming, and they look and sound amazing. As always, shipping is included in the prices below.
Apologies to everyone that’s been requesting our Cloud Nothings 7-inch, we’re entirely sold out and will not be re-pressing for the foreseeable future. Keep watch here for a future Cloud Nothings release news though!
Hey, odds are you missed out on being able to buy our Group Tightener shirt at South By South West because we discovered we were better at giving out booze than giving out these shirts. Anyway, we had a great time and these shirts are pretty fun. (GT Red sailboat featuring us dudes handing out massive amounts of whiskey). Sizes S-XL available, please indicate what size you want in your order. American Apparel shirts. Get one.
We’re extremely happy to announce the release of our third 7-inch with Alex Bleeker, who you may also know from Real Estate and Alex Bleeker and the Freaks. You may also know him as an awesome dude. Whatever the case, this record is perfect to jam out in the early days of Summer (or any other season you might feel like putting it on). Download the A-side, “Getting By” over at Chocolate Bobka, and purchase the record (shipping included in the prices below) to hear “These Days” and “Never Going Back.”
We’re super stoked to announce the second ever record on Group Tightener by Cloud Nothings. Featuring “Morgan” on the a-side and the exclusive to this record only “Another Man” on the flip. It’s limited to only 250 copies and hand stamped by us and some of our close friends (shout out to Jenni Wu) late at night. Exhausting! Buy it below, and stay tuned for a 12-inch from Cloud Nothings coming very soon.
Get your pre-order on… The new Best Coast 7”, Make You Mine, will be shipping at the end of October!! We will ship US or International, please select the correct PayPal option below. If you want multiple copies, please email us at email@example.com and we will work out a good deal for you.