Monday, March 02, 2009

Urban Myth Recordings Reissues

Urban Myth Recordings has officially reissued O Glee and Mr. Fedora, two cassette albums previously released in the 1990s, then distributed by Amatish Records, now available on iTunes.

The cool kids at UM Recs have given it their promotional blessing with a post on their supercool website. Here's an excerpt:

"These were quiet records, released in the midst of nineties overproduction and grunge bombast. Camlot's intimate, opaquely confessional songs went completely unheralded. Recorded sparely, superficially "folk", yet filled with bravura fingerpicking, monstrous, angular hooks and intense wordplay that verges on incantation, where did Jason Camlot fit in? Eric Matthews was dabbling with orchestras. Elliot Smith was still playing grunge in Heatmiser. (Leonard Cohen? he was that old guy playing synth pop and dating that blonde twentysomething actress... you know, the guy Don Henley and Trisha Yearwood covered.)

Fortunately, Camlot's tapes traveled by word of mouth through the Canadian indie-rock underground over the following decade, to the point where they had been traded and burned enough times that we decided it was time to get them above-ground. We found Jason in Montreal at his job teaching Victorian literature at Concordia. Duly impressed by such punk-rock cred, we asked if we could re-release O Glee and Mr. Fedora. He obliged, pulling an amazing batch of full band and Letterbomb tracks out of a shoebox and fitting them in at the end of the original track lists."

Please read more at UM Recs.

You can also visit the MySpace site created for these releases here.