Ian Svenonius’ ESCAPE-ISM shares “I’m a Lover (at Close Range)”, from new album, The Lost Record, due 7th September on Merge Records

August 5, 2018


Shares The Lost Record’s “I’m a Lover (at Close Range)”

The Lost Record is out 7th September on Merge Records

UK tour dates in September
inc. London’s Moth Club on 13th September


As the cover art proclaims, Escape-ism’s new album The Lost Record (out absolutely everywhere September 7) is not lost as much as unloved. But maybe you’re just standing too far away? To remedy the situation, Escape-ism—mythic rock ’n’ roll provocateur / theorist / revolutionary Ian Svenonius—invites you into his orbit with “I’m a Lover (at Close Range),” one of The Lost Record’s “foot-stomping classics as sung by the greatest song stylist and most dynamic performer of the epoch.” Get it:

Indeed, every group or musician dreams of making such a seminal record, with the heroic underdog narrative of:

1) Initial rejection by philistines
2) Clueless mishandling by the record company [Editor’s note: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯]
3) An aimless amble through the desert of neglect, and finally
4) Rediscovery and veneration

However, the process a record has to go through to be “lost”—and then found again—is arduous. It’s also quite risky, since most lost records are really just lost: tossed aside and forgotten forever.

But for Escape-ism, it seemed easier to circumvent the rigmarole and just get on with it. Find The Lost Record on CD, LP, and limited-edition clear Peak Vinyl in the Merge store(where every pre-order comes with a free 8” × 10” Escape-ism glossy), at your favorite independent record storedigitally, or at one of Escape-ism’s many shows this fall.

Escape-ism on tour:
Jul 27-29 Brittany, FR – Binic Festival
Aug 17 Los Angeles, CA – Getty Museum
Sep 07 Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
Sep 08 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel*
Sep 13 London, UK – Moth Club
Sep 14 Glasgow, UK – Centre for Contemporary Arts
Sep 15 York, UK – The Crescent
Sep 16 Manchester, UK – The Peer Hat
Sep 17 Margate, UK – TBA
Sep 18 Brighton, UK – The Rose Hill

Oct 06 Brooklyn, NY – Murmrr Ballroom^
Oct 20 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer#
Oct 21 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry#
Oct 22 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel#
Oct 23 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse#
Oct 31 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall%
* w/ No Age, Shopping
^ w/ Martin Rev, Roya
# w/ Thee Oh Sees
% w/ Shannon and The Clams

1. The Lost Record
2. Nothing Personal
3. I’m a Lover (at Close Range)
4. (I’m Gonna) Bite the Hand That Feeds
5. Bodysnatcher
6. The Feeling’s Mutual
7. I Don’t Know Where Those Words Have Been
8. Exorcist Stairs
9. You Darken My Night
10. Alphabet’s Gotta Be Changed
11. Rome Wasn’t Burnt in a Day
12. What Sign (Was Frankenstein)​


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