In 1997, Jeremy Wrenn formed a two-man shoegaze project called Airiel. Fast forward to 2012 and the band is four members strong, has toured nationally and internationally, released two singles, five EP's (including a box set), one full length album and tracks for multiple compilations.
Recorded and produced by the band itself, Airiel has just finished Kid Games, a brand new four track EP for Shelflife. Bringing in many of the elements that formed Airiel's foundation, Andrew Marrah and Chase Johnson's drum machines and synths make a larger presence. This produced a new sound that keeps the elements that make Airiel great; catchy melodies, lush guitars, danceable rhythms and lasting dreaminess. "Kid Games" also marks the return of guest vocalist Stella Tran, who's first appearance was on "Firefly" from the Melted EP of the Winks & Kisses box set.
Kid Games is released May 1st on limited edition 12" vinyl and digital formats.
Praise for Airiel:
"...wall-to-wall pensive beauty"
- The Big Takeover
"Kid Games may be one of the most promising and pretty releases of 2012."
"loaded to the brim with gorgeous swooning guitars and reverbed atmospherics."
- Perfect Midnight World
"The music is otherworldly, perfectly, beautifully ambient with an airtight production."
- The Culture Whore
"Walls of blistering guitars aided by dense production give the band an immense sound, but memorable melodies and soaring vocal harmonies ensure their songs are more than just thrilling guitar noise."
"... a sonic spinning of cotton candy."
"...feels simultaneously fresh while offering what seems like a gift bag of lost tracks by My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Pale Saints."
- Magnet Magazine
Special edition 12" signed by all four members of the band
20 copies on white vinyl are now sold out.
10 copies on black vinyl.
All copies now on black vinyl.
first pressing: May 1, 2012.
second pressing: July 31, 2012
Catalogue number: LIFE083
first pressing: cyan vinyl (100 copies) and white vinyl (400 copies).
second pressing: black vinyl (500 copies)
Artwork by: Matthew Edwards
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3. Flashlight Tag (mp3)
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