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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