Toil and Trouble: Gold Vinyl LPAKR152lp-C1
Label: Asthmatic Kitty
Release Date: 30th June
Angelo has made himself an alternative musical reality to reflect on the actual reality of the world at the moment and how overwhelming it can be. 'Toil and Trouble' is an open door into this bubble he inhabits, it's a glistening cocoon of soft indie folk and quite frankly we may set up camp.
The fourth solo album from Angelo De Augustine, Toil and Trouble exists according to its own quixotic logic, inhabiting a psychic landscape as sublimely mystifying as a fever dream or fairy tale. In creating such an all-enveloping body of work, the Southern California-based artist spent nearly three years working alone and exploring the vast expanse of his imagination. “This album came from thinking about the madness of the world right now and how overwhelming that can be,” says De Augustine. “I used a sort of counter-world as a guide to try to gain some understanding of what’s actually going on here—I had to take myself out of reality in order to try to understand reality.” At turns bewitching and devastating and ineffably lovely, the result is the most visionary work yet from a singular songwriter, revealing his profound capacity to alchemize pain into extraordinary beauty.