July 20, 2012

Amanecer

Last week, gauzy Florida electronic musician Mike Diaz a.k.a. Millionyoung quietly released a "new" record, Amanecer, on Old Flame Records. New in quotations because the record is technically a compliation of older material. Tracks such as "Cynthia" and "Hammock" from previous EP's Be So True and Sunndreamm are collected here onto a single disc, with three previously unreleased bonus tracks, "Recess," "Albo," and "Mien (Revisited)" added to the mix. As Mike himself puts it:

"I see Amanecer as a chance to share all of my early work. At the beginning, I was pretty much just writing song after song and never gave a thought to them all being on a record, but I look back at it all now, and they do fit in a certain way, even if just to me. It's called Amanecer, meaning "to wake", cause that's what I felt at the time. Those songs exist in that space where you're in bed debating whether that dream was real or not. I think the upcoming record finds itself in a more lucid state. Yeah, it's reverbed, delayed, and familiar a lot of ways, but it's driven more by the finding of real love than an abstract dream of it."

In addition to the record, Diaz has announced that a new Millionyoung record will be out sometime in the fall. In the meantime, check out Amanecer, available on iTunes, as well as his (underrated) album Replicants, the cassette version of which was lovingly released by our associated label Crash Symbols back in '11. You can stream his very Millionyoung-ish version of Erik Satie's famous chillwave classical piece Gymnopedie No. 1 below.

Stream: Millionyoung - Gymnopedie No 1

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