Damon & Naomi’s Fortune is released today

Fortune by Damon & Naomi

Oh.. I know becuause of the way the modern world works Fortune has been available digitally for weeks and the vinyl has been a bit delayed… but officially Damon & Naomi’s new album was been released today, and it arrives with a lovely (7.0) review in Pitchfork:

Using little more than acoustic guitar, keyboards and Krukowski’s jazz-tinged drumming, they have crafted arrangements for these 11 pieces that sound remarkably full-bodied. And it would appear that the natural constraints of the soundtrack form have worked to their advantage. The songs are concise and focused, hitting their melodic or lyrical marks and then quickly moving to the next scene without getting weighted down by repetition or digression.

The album is the soundtrack to Naomi’s short film Fortune which the duo screened with live accompaniment a few times last year. You can watch the whole film on naomivision.com (and below):

Fortune from Naomi Yang on Vimeo.

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Damon & Naomi’s International Sad Hits, Volume 2

International Sad Hits, volume 2
International Sad Hits, volume 2

Back in 2006 the third release on Damon & Naomi’s 20-20-20 label was International Sad Hits, Volume 1, a compilation of singer-songwriters whose “music has never left their national or linguistic cultures”, since then the duo have been working on getting volume 2 released with the help of Spanish musician Ibon Errazkin. Volume 2 was to have covered the music of the Iberian peninsula but sadly rights issues have meant that after protracted attempts to get a release Damon & Naomi have opted to put out the album as a YouTube playlist.

You can find out all about the album (actually albums) and listen to it (them) over on the new 20-20-20 website.
International Sad Hits, Volume Two: The Iberian Peninsula

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Pre-order Damon & Naomi’s Fortune on CD and LP, buy a download or stream the album

Fortune by Damon & Naomi

Damon & Naomi’s new album Fortune is now available to buy digitally, or to pre-order on CD or LP for release on the 16th February. You can also buy the album digitally and listen to the whole thing on their bandcamp page.

Actually, while you’re at the new 20-20-20 page you could take the opportunity to fill your boots with plenty more including Galaxie 500 LPs, CDs, books and T-shirts, plus Damon & Naomi CDs and vinyl.

UNCUT review

The album has received a lovely review in UK magazine UNCUT where the album is described as being

… full of jewel-like songs, minimally arranged, for maximum emotional resonance

and

Damon & Naomi’s […] melodies seem to arrive through cascades of notes, shivering through complex skeins of acoustic guitar, keyboards, bass and drum [and] is a perfect fit for soundtracking



The album is the soundtrack to Naomi’s short film Fortune which the duo screened with live accompaniment a few times last year. You can watch the whole film on naomivision.com (and below):

Fortune from Naomi Yang on Vimeo.

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Last Exact Change ezine now available and get all previous issues free


Damon & Naomi’s have just published issue 14 of the Excact Change zine for iPhone and iPad – the app can be downloaded free from the iTunes store and all previous issues of the zine are now available for free and can be downloaded from within the app:

Issue 14 contains:
A Letter from Damon & Naomi
The Poet in my Heart, by Kim Gordon
time again to start again, by Jim O’Rourke
Fortune, by Naomi Yang
Goodbye, by Bill Knott
Postscript to no. 14, by the Editors

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