We have no idea what Akron/Family's new LP title means

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Akron/Family's new album drops on February 8. It's called S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT. Their label, Dead Oceans, has “no idea what that means.”

But what we do know, is that is was “written in a cabin built into the side of Mount Meakan” which is an active volcano in Hokkaido, Japan. We also know that Chris Koltay, who had a hand in albums by Women, Deerhunter, and No Age, recorded it in an abandoned train station in Detroit.

Given this information, and the bouillabaisse of noise and “emotional Cagean field recordings” that are packed into the sample of the album, one may need consult both Carmen Sandiego and Harry Partch to tap into the true meaning of this LP. Or maybe it'll be that perfect balance of freewheeling and bracing sound that Ak/Fam have gotten down pat. Consult the i-ching.

Sound Fragments from Akron/Family