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Mass Gothic

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    Every Night You've Got to Save Me
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    Nice Night
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    Dynaride
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    Mind Is Probably
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    Want to, Bad
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Mass Gothic, the self-titled Sub Pop debut, by Noel Heroux. Written and recorded at home in New York over four months during the winter of 2014-2015, it’s a stunning reminder of how unbridled creativity can both sound and feel.
No pressure or compromises—just Heroux, a four-track, and an irrepressible urge to “jot down all of the noise and music floating around in my head” and make it available to other people. “I did my best to let go, and what came out was pure, uncut. It reminded me of the first few times I made music, when I was a young kid. I didn’t set any rules and I had zero expectations.”
The result is an expansive, often exhilarating set of guitar-driven pop that required very little editing when it was done. Additional mixing was provided by Chris Coady (Beach House, TV on the Radio) with mastering done by Greg Calbi (Father John Misty, Tame Impala) at Sterling Sound. From the iridescent doo-wop of “Every Night You’ve Got To Save Me” to the skyward crescendo of “Mind Is Probably” to the falsetto-streaked clatter of “Want To, Bad,” it’s a radiant retelling of Heroux’s starting over, with “Nice Night” as its cathartic, electrifying centerpiece.
“A lot of these songs are more or less a really dramatic, loud apology/thank you note,” he says, referencing his partner, collaborator, and tour mate, Jessica. “It didn’t matter where any of the sounds came from. I just cared that it sounded big and heavy, and that it was moving when it was done."

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