fierce panda records
home | shop | artists | news | gigs | videos | info
in the shop
Automanic - Krief
Krief
"Automanic"

Digital Album
[ NONG120 ]


more info
Montreal singer
songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Krief releases his debut UK double aa-side digital single ‘Automanic’ / ‘Ordinary Lies’ on fierce panda on November 3rd and comes over to play some stripped-back full-hearted shows in November
as outlined below. The aa-side ‘Ordinary Lies’
which has never been released before
is especially plaintive Manpop
revelling in its mightily big sadness. The flipside ‘Automanic’ meanwhile builds from sweetly gentle Simon & Garfunkel-esque beginnings to a rousingly soulful denouement and
as such
is the perfect encapsulation of Krief’s accompanying ‘Automanic’ project – double album et al - as a whole.

And make no bones about it
‘giant’ and ‘project’ are the key words here. For Krief
who spent much of the past decade writing
touring and recording with Montreal's original orchestral rock-noir band
the Dears
has created a work that's truly epic
by every definition. Following a devastating string of deaths in his life
Krief dealt with emotional trauma the way musicians do: by pouring all the heartbreak and grief and despair and fear into writing. His creative drive came with a dark underside of self-destruction
a phase he's grateful to have emerged from relatively unscathed — stronger
even
but forever changed.

All of this is reflected in the 20 songs that make up ‘Automanic Red’ and ‘Automanic Blue’
an unconventional double album which is due for release on the panda on November 17th. The two records
according to Krief
are "autonomous in their flow and not meant to be listened to in one sitting." And yet
he continues
"releasing one without the other simply wouldn’t make any sense — the plot truly exists within the invisible line that bonds them." What really ties ‘Automanic’
Krief’s fourth album
together is his songwriting
with lyrics that are at once earnest and abstract
personal poetry with universal reach and a sound unbound by genre but encompassing myriad shades of contemporary pop and rock
from dreamy shoegazing soundscapes to arena rock balladry. For Simon & Garfunkelesque serenity and soulful denouements see also: flashes of Flaming Lips
Depeche Mode
Pink Floyd
Six By Seven and Leonard Cohen
not forgetting an ever present echo-laden twanging undercurrent of the mighty ELO.

Documenting a period of shared grief and internal crisis in a song or a record (or two records) is scarcely unique
but ‘Automanic’ isn't a mere document — it's an opus work
made by a musician who was pushed to the brink and propelled to a creative peak. And yes
Krief does rhyme with ‘grief’. Come see Krief and his band climb ever onwards at these live shows here:

NOVEMBER 18TH IPSWICH THE SWAN NOVEMBER 21ST OXFORD WHEATSHEAF NOVEMBER 23RD LONDON HACKNEY PAPER DRESS VINTAGE (w/ VLMV fka ALMA) NOVEMBER 25TH MANCHESTER FACTORY

releases
Desperate Journalist - Desperate Journalist
Desperate Journalist
Desperate Journalist
Pre-Order
Vinyl Colour Album
Sold Out
Jolene - China Bears
Jolene
China Bears
Digital Single
The Fear - Desperate Journalist
The Fear
Desperate Journalist
Digital Single
Call It Fate, Call It Karma - Moon Panda
Call It Fate, Call It Karma
Moon Panda
Digital Single
So What - MEMES
So What
MEMES
Digital Single
A.O.M.L. - Chili Palmer
A.o.m.l.
Chili Palmer
Digital Single
Statue Still - China Bears
Statue Still
China Bears
Digital Single
Make Well EP - Moon Panda
Make Well Ep
Moon Panda
Digital EP
Chili Palmer EP - Chili Palmer
Chili Palmer Ep
Chili Palmer
Pre-Order
Digital EP
latest vinyl
The Brothers & The Sisters Ltd. Colour 7 - Coldplay
The Brothers & The Sisters Ltd. Colour 7
Coldplay
Double 7"
, £15.00
We Are Humans - Skint & Demoralised
We Are Humans
Skint & Demoralised
Vinyl Colour Album
, £15.00
The Brothers Pink 7 - Coldplay
The Brothers Pink 7
Coldplay
7" Vinyl
, £8.99

The Sisters Blue Colour 7 - Coldplay
The Sisters Blue Colour 7
Coldplay
7" Vinyl
, £8.99

Alma Vinyl Album + 'Reworks' download - VLMV
Alma Vinyl Album + 'reworks' Download
VLMV
Vinyl Album
, £12.99

1000 Palms - Surfer Blood
1000 Palms
Surfer Blood
12" Vinyl
, £10.00
new downloads
Jolene - China Bears
Jolene
China Bears
Digital Single
, £0.79

The Fear - Desperate Journalist
The Fear
Desperate Journalist
Digital Single
, £0.79

Call It Fate, Call It Karma - Moon Panda
Call It Fate, Call It Karma
Moon Panda
Digital Single
, £0.79

So What - MEMES
So What
MEMES
Digital Single
, £0.79

A.O.M.L. - Chili Palmer
A.o.m.l.
Chili Palmer
Digital Single
, £0.79

Statue Still - China Bears
Statue Still
China Bears
Digital Single
, £0.79

latest cds
In Search Of The Miraculous - Desperate Journalist
In Search Of The Miraculous
Desperate Journalist
CD Album
, £8.99
485C - 485C
485c
485C
CD Album
, £8.99
Stranded, Not Lost - VLMV
Stranded, Not Lost
VLMV
CD Album
, £8.99

Trick Of The Light - Wooden Arms
Trick Of The Light
Wooden Arms
CD Album
, £8.99

Grow Up - Desperate Journalist
Grow Up
Desperate Journalist
CD Album
, £7.99

Munro - Coquin Migale
Munro
Coquin Migale
CD Album
, £6.99

panda gold
Moonwink - The Spinto Band
Moonwink
The Spinto Band
CD Album
, £7.99
Decade: Ten Years of Fierce panda - Various
Decade: Ten Years Of Fierce Panda
Various
CD Album
, £3.99
Milo Greene  - Milo Greene
Milo Greene
Milo Greene
CD Album
, £6.99
latest tracks
sign up
To keep up to date with all things fierce panda sign up to our newsletter here:
live shows
29
Nov
MEMES
@ Stag & Dagger, Glasgow
7
Jan
MEMES
@ King Tut's, Glasgow
4
Mar
China Bears
@ Hope & Ruin, Brighton
donate
'Please Look After This Bear Too': a fierce panda compilation. Pay-what-you-like for music-you-may-love... more »
newsroll
Memes Stand Korrected!
Chili Palmer Get Steamy!
Desperate Journalist Get The Fear
China Bears Find Joy With Jolene
Get To The End With Memes!
newsletters
ning standard #208 » (Sep 2020)
ning standard #207 » (Sep 2020)
ning standard #206 » (Jul 2020)
ning standard #205 » (Jun 2020)
ning standard #204 » (May 2020)
videos
Jekyll - Mania »
Sad Boys Club - Silverlined »
VC Pines - Garden Of The Year »
Desperate Journalist - Cedars »
Ghost Suns - Cards On A Bicycle »