Archive: The Downwards Singles


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Archive: The Downwards Singles collects on one 12” the three original songs from Tropic of Cancer’s brace of 2009-11 releases (now both out of print and highly sought-after), with new artwork by Silent Editions.

The influence of Tropic of Cancer’s debut single, ‘The Dull Age’/’Victims’, on Blackest Ever Black cannot be overestimated. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine the label existing without it, such was its impact on us. In some respects, it’s BLACKEST000, the ur-Blackest record, and together with Raime’s EP demo it sketched the outlines of a universe we still inhabit, and are still exploring.

Of course Tropic of Cancer would go on to release the The Sorrow Of Two Blooms on Blackest Ever Black two years later, and much else since (including debut album Restless Idylls), but ‘The Dull Age’/‘Victims’, and its 2011 follow-up ‘Be Brave’, retain a special place in our heart, and now, as we prepare to release a new EP from the band (Stop Suffering), we’re pleased to be able to resurrect them.

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released August 31, 2015

Written and produced by Camella Lobo & Juan Mendez.
Recorded in Long Beach, CA and Minneapolis, MN, 2008-2009.

Mastered by Matt Colton.
Artwork by Silent Editions.

'The Dull Age' and 'Victims' originally appear on The Dull Age / Victims (Downwards DO 2 10", 2009); 'Be Brave' on Be Brave (Downwards DO 8 10", 2011).

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