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Year Of The Dragon

by Hatchback

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Limited edition 4 track 12" LP. Packaged in a gatefold reverse board, artwork by non-format.

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    Limited edition 6 track CD, including the 2 digital exclusive tracks. Packaged in a gatefold digi pack, artwork by non-format.

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    The Hatchback trilogy under Lo Recordings. Including the newly released 'Year Of The Dragon'.

    After a seven year hiatus, Sam Grawe aka Hatchback returns with his third album for Lo Recordings, ‘Year of The Dragon’. The final instalment in his 'California Cosmic Sound Series'  trilogy, following ‘Colors Of The Sun’ and ‘Zeus & Apollo’. ‘Year Of The Dragon’ continues Grawe’s personal exploration of the vast horizons of electronica, prog-rock, Balearic rhythms and New Age atmospheres.

    'Zeus & Apollo' is beautifully constructed and produced, the intricate layers and melodious tones will send you spinning effortlessly out into the galaxy. Find yourself a piece of sky, put on your headphones and let Hatchback take your mind in hand— once again space travel is affordable to all.

    'Colours Of The Sun' Spans Neu like motorik grooves, sunny disco moves, epic ambient journeys that rival Vangelis or Klaus Schulze for sheer electronic deepness and downtempo funk head nodders with Kraftwerk keyboards, this is a such a perfect summer album that it can make it seem like summer anytime of the year. If Dennis Wilson was still alive he’d be making music like this.

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    Limited edition 4 track 12" LP. Packaged in a gatefold reverse board, artwork by non-format.

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    Limited edition 6 track CD, including the 2 digital exclusive tracks. Packaged in a gatefold digi pack, artwork by non-format.

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    Limited edition Year Of The Dragon T-Shirt. High quality DTG digital print on white 100% cotton heavyweight Alstyle Premium T-shirts. Limited to 50 Shirts.

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    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Limited edition 4 track 12" LP. Packaged in a gatefold reverse board, artwork by non-format.

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    Limited edition Year Of The Dragon T-Shirt. High quality DTG digital print on white 100% cotton heavyweight Alstyle Premium T-shirts. Limited to 50 Shirts

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  • CD / Tee Bundle
    Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Limited edition 6 track CD, including the 2 digital exclusive tracks. Packaged in a gatefold digi pack, artwork by non-format.

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    Limited edition Year Of The Dragon T-Shirt. High quality DTG digital print on white 100% cotton heavyweight Alstyle Premium T-shirts. Limited to 50 Shirts.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Year Of The Dragon via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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After a seven year hiatus, Sam Grawe aka Hatchback returns with his third album for Lo Recordings, ‘Year of The Dragon’. The final installment in his 'California Cosmic Sound Series' trilogy, following ‘Colors Of The Sun’ and ‘Zeus & Apollo’, ‘Year Of The Dragon’ continues Grawe’s personal exploration of the vast horizons of electronica, prog-rock, Balearic rhythms and New Age atmospheres.

Hatchback emerged from a youth spent Walkman in hand, headphones on, with a deep love for synthesizers and no record bin left unexplored. Hatchback's music is as soothing as it is cosmic, and as contemporary as it is timeless.

The vinyl version of ‘Year of The Dragon’ contains the 4 longer tracks of the full 6 track album. Listeners will be comforted by the classic analog sounds that Hatchback has taken to new heights and new depths. Prepare to be set adrift through misty hillsides and sun-soaked seascapes.

The opening vinyl track ‘Evening Mountain’ sets the scene of a cool haze settling on a lush hillside; glittering melodic harps weave in and out between thick pads as night descends. Meanwhile a murky saxophone coaxes the off kilter drums into formation. A progressive crescendo of electronics gives way to the slide guitar of Scott Hirsch (Hiss Golden Messenger, Echo Magic).

Inspired by an underground headphone trip through Tokyo. ‘Onarimon’ offers a levitating ambience akin to masters Eno and Budd. Gradual and delicate pads, bright melodies, and shimmering guitar pyrotechnics from Kensuke Saito (9dw) reflect the glimmering neon of the distant megacity above.

‘Humidity Report 1976,’ created with Dan Judd (Sorcerer, Windsurf), picks up the pace and encompasses the richness of Hatchback’s vision. Dreamy harmonies, synth melodies seemingly pulled from a 70’s French soundtrack, pulsing bass, and heavily swung drums come together to ignite a steaming cauldron of sound.

The album concludes with the epic title track ‘Year Of The Dragon’. This is a journey like no other, starting somewhere within hazy new age realms and ending in a fury of drums and distortion.

CD and digital exclusive tracks ‘Haiphong Boogie’ and ‘Creamwave Dreamcave’ wouldn’t sound completely out of place on a discerning dance floor, but may sound even better blasting out of a fast moving vehicle on a motorway at night.

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released September 28, 2018

Mastered by Antony @ Redpaw Mastering
Artwork by Non-Format
Physical Distribution by Republic Of Music
Digital Distribution by The state51 Conspiracy

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Hatchback California

Hatchback is Samuel Milton Grawe. He makes beautiful New Age electronic dreamscapes that, over the years, have become more and more immersive and expansive with less beats and more space.

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