The Love X Nowhere (TLXN) | High Score Blackout

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High Score Blackout

by The Love X Nowhere (TLXN)

Building on the strength of their 3 EP's, High Score Blackout features both charmingly sentimental pop songs, as well as a more urgent and demanding rock 'n roll pace.
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1. Tomorrow's Retreat the love x nowhere
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2. Din the love x nowhere
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3. Northern Time the love x nowhere
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4. Terra Fuego the love x nowhere
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5. The Gyre the love x nowhere
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6. Another Monkey On the Vine the love x nowhere
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7. Twilight Mourning the love x nowhere
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8. Knockoff the love x nowhere
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9. High Score Blackout the love x nowhere
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10. The Diz the love x nowhere
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11. Gooseberry the love x nowhere
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
High Score Blackout (due for release March 24) is the first full-length LP from SF buzz band
TLXN. Building on the strength of their 3 EP's, High Score Blackout features both charmingly sentimental pop songs, as well as a more urgent and demanding rock 'n roll pace, driven by the addition of new drummer Mie Araki.




Over the last few years The Love Times Nowhere (TLXN) has been developing their big, rich sound, which has been described as everything from post-indie or psychedelic, to evoking the elegant, suave vastness of mid-70s Roxy Music. High Score Blackout, their fourth release is all of those things and so much more. Over the course of eleven tracks they take you on a journey through genres and moods. This is not a collection of singles, but a coherent statement from a band with enough history to see it’s own future.

Recorded in the fall of 2008 by Justin Phelps (Cake, Dresden Dolls) in legendary SF studios Tiny Telephone and Hyde St., as well as their own kitchens and rehearsal spaces, this album is their boldest effort yet. Bill Laswell inspired horns and strings are layered throughout, bringing forth the emotional undercurrents of the songs, driven by guitars, echoed in the keyboards and held together by surging and insistent rhythms. TLXN has always drawn comparisons to early Pink Floyd, but what we hear on High Score Blackout sounds more urgent and assured, along the lines of modern album rockers such as Doves or My Morning Jacket.

Since 2004 TLXN has ridden the wave from obscurity to “buzz” band and back again. They’ve had the industry come knocking only to find a vacant porch on the opened door. Along the way key members have worked on side or solo efforts, such as Gabriel’s work with Dan the Automator and Mike Patton on the Crudo project, or Brett's revival of SadSadFun. These experiences have enriched the depth of sound and the variety of the ideas heard on the album. With all the pieces now in place and the time to write together, they’ve brought back a soaring and elegiac sound, a claim to their own place in American rock music.


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Justin Detjen

Better Than Expected
High Score Blackout is a great album, featuring the best TLXN has to offer. TLXN's signature sound of mild space-rock hearkening to the 60's is present, as well as moments of peaceful pop songs, and don't forget the rockers in the mix too. Of all the things that grab the listener it is the honesty of the band and the earnest playing. Every song is very different, but still has the sound to know who you're listening to. I'd been waiting for this album for over a year, and it was actually better than I thought it would be. The Love X Nowhere has become my favorite band because of the great songs, and even through the personnel changes, they sound better than ever. I highly recommend this album for everyone. It has a little something for everyone!