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PRIVATE STREAM OF RETRELLION (UNRELEASED)

PRIVATE STREAM OF RETRELLION (UNRELEASED)

PRIVATE STREAM OF RETRELLION INSTRUMENTALS

RETRELLION TO BE RELEASED APRIL 2023

Retrellion is a marked departure from Devin James Fry's previous sound, which typically featured him fingerpicking a guitar, either alone or in the context of Name Sayers, the adventurous psychedelic rock band he fronts.  The new album, which was produced, mixed, and mastered by Fry himself, features punchy, hip hop-influenced songs that are difficult to classify into a single genre, with otherworldly synths and glitchy electronics swirling throughout.

 

Early reviews have noted the shift.  "Is this post-punk hip hop?  We hope so," wrote reviewer Layla Merino of yourEDM.com, noting that with Retrellion, "Fry might even be creating new genres."

The album's title reflects the idea that there are many valid ways to respond to breakdowns in societal norms, of the type brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. "I wanted a word that felt like both retreat and rebellion," says Fry.

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Retrellion was born.  Some songs feature collaborations with rappers Chris Conde and Otem Rellik, while others are solo explorations.  All were created using a bank of synthesizers and noisemakers including The Jitter Getter, an analog sound effects engine Fry designed and built himself, and which features prominently in the video for Purple Glue.

One song, Ash Ode Variation, was adapted from a poem by Fry's friend and hero, Dean Young. Fry enlisted the help of another friend and mentor, Chicago flautist Lloyd Brodnax King, to create the song and sent it to Young, who replied to say that he was looking forward to listening to it. Unbeknownst to Fry, Young lay on his deathbed at the time, and Fry is unsure whether Young ever actually heard the song before he died.

Retrellion's merchandise is as offbeat and finely crafted as the music, and includes gorgeous coloring books, lathecut vinyl, soap, and other items. Retrellion will be released in April of 2023.

Send all inquiries to devin@devinjamesfry.com

BLACK RAINBOW VIDEO

PURPLE GLUE VIDEO

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INTERVIEWS

PRESS

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Out there with his weirdness in the best possible way."

Global Dance Electronic

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"A wandering soul unafraid of the dark."

KUTX 98.9 (Austin, Texas)

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"Somewhere between a horror film an an Americana answer to a young Nick Cave."

Los Angeles Times

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"A musical shape-shifter ...
has moved from
a lighter sound
to something
more psychedelic,
something heavier." 

WBEZ Chicago

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Like Leonard Cohen on a DMT vision quest."

The Austin Chronicle

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"Delivers a bitches brew of sound ... Fry's deep tenor imbues lyrics with ominous flavors, giving an eerie, radioactive flow."

Tattoo.com

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"Far from the typical artist ... really, really, taking it there with his creations.

Breaking And Entering

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"Multi instrumentalist & musical shaman."

OVRLD

MERCH

BLACK RAINBOW COLORING BOOK

PURPLE GLUE INCENSE

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BLACK RAINBOW SOAP
by BEANBLOSSOM SOAPS

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PURPLE GLUE LATHECUT SINGLE

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BLACK RAINBOW LATHECUT SINGLE

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RETRELLION 11 x 17" POSTER

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PURPLE GLUE MATCHBOOKS

COMING SOON:

RETRELLION LP
JITTER GETTER VOTIVE CANDLES
JITTER GETTER EMBROIDERED PATCH
"JITTERS GOT" ENAMEL PIN

 

PHOTOS

OTHER RECENT RELEASES

WITH PALESTINIAN OUD MASTER SARI ANDONI

WITH NAME SAYERS

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Devin James Fry is a musician and producer in Denver, CO. He is vocalist and songwriter for the art rock band Name Sayers, and formerly led the psychedelic Americana outfit Salesman

 

Fry is also owner and operator of The Sharpist, a surgical sharpening firm.

Fry is currently putting finishing touches on a synth-heavy solo album titled RETRELLION. Two songs from that project, PURPLE GLUE and b-side NO HOPE, are out now. NO HOPE is a collaboration between Fry and rapper and circuit bender Otem Rellik, and features harmonies by Denver vocalist Nat Tate.

Previously, in 2020, several years of collaboration with Palestinian oud master Sari Andoni yielded RADICANS, a mingling of Arab and American psychedelic and folk music influences.

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