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LITE // Multiple: Sixth Studio Album Released

Multiple, out today, is the sixth full length record by the prolific maximalists known as LITE. Over the past 16 years, the Japanese quartet has established itself as one of the most influential groups across a host of subgenres. Though usually referred to by touchstones such as "math-rock" or "post-rock," LITE has developed an uncanny ability to fuse their influences into their own unmistakable dialect that defies generic genre classification.

♫ Listen to Multiple today on your preferred platform.

At times, Multiple’s compositions can place listeners at the junction of unlikely stylistic intersections. Conversating funk riffs will interweave with challenging rhythmic phrasing, blurring the lines between lead sections, obscuring where passages begin and end. LITE's distinct voice is emphasized in tracks such as "Double" and "4mg Warmth," where melodies meander incessantly, constantly taking the listener to new territory.

While many LITE songs unfold at breakneck pace, others entertain entirely different worlds altogether. In songs "Ring" and "Blizzard," the band tests the limits of their abilities with slowed-down, genre-bending forays into hip-hop and dub. On "Ring," LITE collaborated with rapper Maco Marets and singer Utena Kobayashi, where the latter's talents were also tapped for the song's ethereal steelpan section. As LITE has shown over nearly two decades, there exists no style that they cannot master or otherwise weave into their designs.

Multiple is now out digitally on Topshelf Records. Pre-order physicals today via the Topshelf Records store, to be released on September 6, 2019.

art by Misato Iwamoto (Hello Stranger)

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May Recap // New Releases and a Healthy Handful of Summer Tours

We recently announced two incredibly unique records, both of which will be out in the first week of June. Learn a little more about the records below and make sure to pre-save and pre-order if you like what you hear!

As well, a healthy handful of Topshelf artists will be on tour this summer. From Ratboys to the legendary toe, there will be loads of shows you won't want to sleep on! Check out dates and other info below.

Alfred. photo by Ethan Hickerson / LITE photo by Riki Yamada

Recently announced albums

Alfred. - LIKE YOU!!

release: June 7, 2019

LIKE YOU!! is the deeply multifaceted debut album by Richmond, VA's Alfred. Its warbly bell tones, expertly chopped melodic samples, and slow-mo hip-hop grooves form the instrumental base for the "darkgospel" singer/rapper Aaron Brown. Jazzy yet supple Dilla-reminiscent cuts contrast starkly with songs that boast Alfred.'s signature darkgospel stylings, the juxtaposition of which makes for a compelling, spectrum-crossing album.

listen to the whole album ahead of its official release

watch the double video for "Tales of a Queer Rapscallion" and "Like You! (Yes, You)"

learn more about Alfred.

pre-order LIKE YOU!!

LITE - Multiple

release: June 5, 2019

Multiple is the sixth full length record by the prolific maximalists known as LITE. Over the past 16 years, the Japanese quartet has established itself as one of the most influential groups across a host of subgenres. Though usually referred to by touchstones such as "math-rock" or "post-rock," LITE has developed an uncanny ability to fuse their influences into their own unmistakable dialect that defies generic genre classification.

listen to the latest single, "Double"

listen to the lead single, "Temple"

learn more about LITE

pre-order Multiple

Tours

Don't you love when tons of great gigs underscore the vibrance of summer? Check out our tour playlist to get a sampling of the Topshelf artists and their tourmates who are currently on the road, and read on for the full scoop on all the tours going down.

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toe just announced two US shows in August

toe tour info

No Vacation began their full US tour this week, and will fly out to Europe for an extended tour in July

No Vacation tour info

Bellows will be on tour with Gabby's World in July, with a slew of west coast dates

Bellows tour info

Alfred. will be doing a short run of shows in July

Alfred. tour info

Queen of Jeans will hit the road with The Menzingers and The Sidekicks in July

Queen of Jeans tour info

Ratboys will begin the second leg of their tour with PUP in June

Ratboys tour info

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LITE // Multiple Announced

This week we're ecstatic to announce the sixth full length record, Multiple, from the prolific group LITE, to be released digitally on June 5, 2019, and physically on September 6, 2019. Pre-order the album today via our store, and read more about the album below while you listen to the lead single, "Temple."


Over the past 16 years, the Japanese quartet has established itself as one of the most influential groups across a host of subgenres. Though usually referred to by touchstones such as "math-rock" or "post-rock," LITE has developed an uncanny ability to fuse their influences into their own unmistakable dialect that defies generic genre classification.

At times, Multiple’s compositions can place listeners at the junction of unlikely stylistic intersections. Conversating funk riffs will interweave with challenging rhythmic phrasing, blurring the lines between lead sections, obscuring where passages begin and end. LITE's distinct voice is emphasized in tracks such as "Double" and "4mg Warmth," where melodies meander incessantly, constantly taking the listener to new territory.

While many LITE songs unfold at breakneck pace, others entertain entirely different worlds altogether. In songs "Ring" and "Blizzard," the band tests the limits of their abilities with slowed-down, genre-bending forays into hip-hop and dub. On "Ring," LITE collaborated with rapper Maco Marets and singer Utena Kobayashi, where the latter's talents were also tapped for the song's ethereal steelpan section. As LITE has shown over nearly two decades, there exists no style that they cannot master or otherwise weave into their designs.

upcoming tour dates:

  • May 25, 2019 - Tokyo, Japan @ Shimokitazawa SOUND CRUISING 2019
  • June 18, 2019 - Guangzhou, China @ MAO LIVEHOUSE
  • June 19, 2019 - Shenzhen, China @ B10 LIVE
  • June 20, 2019 - Hangzhou, China @ MAO LIVEHOUSE
  • June 21, 2019 - Shanghai, China @ MAO LIVEHOUSE
  • June 22, 2019 - Beijing, China @ OMNI SPACE
  • July 04, 2019 - Nagoya, Japan @ JAMMIN'
  • July 05, 2019 - Osaka, Japan @ Shangri-La
  • July 13, 2019 - Tokyo, Japan @ WWW X

art by Misato Iwamoto (Hello Stranger)

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LITE // New Track, "Zone," and UK Tour

Today we're thrilled to share the latest from the prolific group LITE, with a premiere over at The Line of Best Fit. The track, "Zone," is the B side off the upcoming 7", entitled Blizzard, to be released digitally just ahead of an 8 day jaunt in the UK. You can pre-order the record today, just over here.

Blizzard showcases the band's renowned style of cinematic, melodically rampant math rock. Side A explores a host of stylistic influences, with skittering call-and-response guitars building over an electronic drum loop into a shimmering climax that consumes the listener like a blizzard. B side, "Zone," returns to the signature urgency of LITE, crashing straight into a breakneck, noodling ostinato that perfectly captures the group's cinematic style of composition. Check out the tour dates below.

  • September 13, 2018 - Ebisu, Japan @ Ebisu Liquid Room
  • September 27, 2018 - Shibuya, Japan @ Unknown venue
  • October 08, 2018 - Bristol, UK @ Exchange
  • October 09, 2018 - Manchester, UK @ The Ruby Lounge
  • October 10, 2018 - Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
  • October 11, 2018 - Belfast, UK @ Foundry
  • October 12, 2018 - Dublin, Ireland @ Bello Bar
  • October 13, 2018 - Sheffield, UK @ The Foundry Sheffield
  • October 14, 2018 - London, UK @ The Garage

album art by Yoshiaki Miura

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LITE // "Warp" Music Video

There is a new music video by LITE out today! Head over to GoldFlakePaint to check out the band's creative video for "Warp" which they called "playful and inspired." The track is from their latest release, Cubic – you can grab a copy of your own here!



LITE will also be heading to the UK on Sunday to begin their European tour –

  • 22/10- Leicester, UK @ Firebug
  • 23/10 - London, UK @ London Bush Hall
  • 24/10 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Berchem Jc Den Eglantier
  • 25/10 - Paris, France @ Olympic Cafe
  • 26/10 - Barcelona, Spain @ AM Fest
  • 28/10 - Mezzago, Italy @ Bloom
  • 29/10 - Bologna, Italy @ Freakout Club
  • 30/10 - Köln, Germany @ Jungle
  • 31/10 - Karlsruhe, Germany @ Jubez (Halloween Dudefest)

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LITE // European Tour

This October, LITE will be flying from Japan to Europe for a short run of tour dates!

  • 22/10 - Leicester, UK @ Firebug
  • 23/10 - London, UK @ London Bush Hall
  • 24/10 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Berchem Jc Den Eglantier
  • 25/10 - Paris, France @ Olympic Cafe
  • 26/10 - Barcelona, Spain @ AM Fest
  • 28/10 - Mezzago, Italy @ Bloom
  • 29/10 - Bologna, Italy @ Freakout Club
  • 30/10 - Köln, Germany @ Jungle
  • 31/10 - Karlsruhe, Germany @ Jubez (Halloween Dudefest)

Join them to hear songs from their most recent album, Cubic, which came out last November!

Check out this teaser video featuring live footage of the band from previous shows –

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LITE + Mouse on the Keys // Split and North American Tour

We are so excited to announce a Split between LITE and Mouse on the Keys! Hailing from Japan, the bands joined forces to create an incredibly unique, mathy, amazing EP. Get notified when it's available!

In addition to the new 12", LITE and Mouse on the Keys will be playing these dates:

  • 11/10 San Diego @ Soda Bar
  • 11/11 Los Angeles @ The Hi Hat
  • 11/12 San Francisco @ Slim’s
  • 11/13 Sacramento @ Harlow’s
  • 11/14 Portland @ Mississippi Studios
  • 11/15 Vancouver @ Biltmore Cabaret
  • 11/16 Seattle @ Sunset Tavern

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LITE // Six-song live recording now available for free download

LITE have just released a free download of six live recordings. The tracks are from the live-streaming session at Red Bull Studios Tokyo in March. Named after their upcoming tour starting from Tokyo and Osaka, it is titled APPROACHES 4 and includes a new track called "Balloon".

Kaoru Miura, who has worked on previous studio albums and is the long-time recording engineer for the band, did the recording and mixing. M&E Design, the Swedish designer who worked with the band on artworks of their previous albums, designed the artwork. Available for free download today through June 30 only, the track list includes the following:

  1. Balloon
  2. Duck Follows an Eccentric
  3. Alter Ego
  4. Bond
  5. Pirates and Parakeets
  6. 100 Million Rainbows

You can also now watch the re-broadcast of the video from this same live recording session.

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Topshelf Records @ SXSW 2015

Our annual spring migration to Austin, TX is nearly upon us! This year we are very happy to have The Ally Coalition on board with us in hosting our showcase — they do incredibly important work and we're thrilled to have them on board. Like last year, we'll be hosting the show at Soho Lounge at 217 E 6th in downtown Austin. There's no cover and we've got Stone Brewing involved to make sure the drinks are cheap! RSVP for the show here (we also created a Facebook event page if that's more your thing).

We'll also have loads of free giveaways for all attendees including slip mats, 7-inch records (courtesy of the fine people at Gotta Groove Records, limited to 500 and exclusive to this show), our label sampler CD, canvas tote bags, stickers, screen printed posters (courtesy of Charlie Wagers Creative) and t-shirts — there are varying quantities of everything so get there early!

Here's the line-up and set times:

If you're not familiar with any of the bands playing, we created a Youtube playlist featuring a music video from each artist as well as a SoundCloud playlist with a track from each. Also, per usual, if you can't make it, our friends at Light & Noise will post some video footage afterward. Lastly, this event is an unofficial SXSW showcase, so there's no need for a badge or wristband to attend.

Thanks!!

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LITE // US tour dates, playing SXSW

Having recently released Installation with us last year and toured the west coast with Mike Watt in support of it, LITE will be back in the US again in March of 2015! This time, the band will have a few appearances at SXSW and then take on the east coast for their first ever headline run — dates and info below:

  • 3/17/2015 Tue. - 3/22/2015 Sun. Austin, TX - SXSW 2015 (Details TBA)
  • 3/23/2015 Mon. Chicago, IL - BEAT KITCHEN
  • 3/24/2015 Tue. Cleveland, OH - MAHALL'S
  • 3/25/2015 Wed. Pittsburgh, PA - BRILLOBOX
  • 3/26/2015 Thu. Harrisburg, PA - STAGE ON HERR
  • 3/27/2015 Fri. Philadelphia, PA - BOOT & SADDLE
  • 3/28/2015 Sat. Rehoboth Beach, DE - DOGFISH HEAD BREWERY AND EATS
  • 3/29/2015 Sun. Brooklyn, NY - KNITTING FACTORY
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