Ernest Gonzales – Been Meaning To Tell You
“Been Meaning to Tell You” by Ernest Gonzales
Out Feb 9th on Friends of Friends Records
Available as Artbook, Vinyl, Digital
Cover Art by Archan Nair
The Friends of Friends label ventures into the world of Exponential Records boss Ernest Gonzales with a full-length album and art project that speaks louder than the music alone. Been Meaning to Tell You hopes to be more than merely a foray into the LP format for the label and Gonzales’ second album but rather a glimpse into eyes and ears of EG and his friends.
Been Meaning To Tell You is an album of raw emotion interpreted into sound and stands as a testament to Ernest’s wife, Devyn. From the unlikely joy of wintry bells speed-skating alongside beatboxing (“Dancing In the Snow”) to a bleeps-and-blips shuffle (“Falling Asleep to the Glow of the Television”), Gonzales’ musical vocabulary is right on, while psychedelic riffs and acoustic guitars alike haunt the album’s thirteen tracks; the songs are all linked by a well of innovative sincerity. His unique sound has received accolades from places like Pitchfork, XLR8R, RCRD LBL and he has remixed artists such as Sunny Day in Glasgow, AM Architect, and others.
The album wouldn’t be a Friends of Friends project if it weren’t something special so EG and FoF invited over 30 people to the mix! The final collaboration includes 16 tracks from the likes of Daedelus, CYNE, Faunts, Yppah, matthewdavid, & Copy and is accompanied by a full-color art book featuring original works from 14 visual artists. The book will be available in physical form from FoF Music as well as in the digital bundle in all formats (as a .pdf) including as a download with the 180g white vinyl released by Tall Corn Music.
On top of all the amazing contributions from friends, the Been Meaning to Tell You posse has created a website to house these creations and more. The website, www.beenmeaningtotellyou.com, tells all about the album and includes gorgeous previews of the book’s artwork, downloads, and all sorts of interactive shenanigans to entertain you while you bliss out to the music and swoon over the art.