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Typically, a bands big indie label debut doesnt come15 albums into its career, but with Constant SmilesParagons, here we are. Primary songwriter and sole constant member Ben Joneswho considers Constant Smiles a collectivesees its impressive output as a way to document the groups evolution.Since its live debut as a noise duo on Bens home of Marthas Vineyard in 2009, ConstantSmiles has grown to include contributions from 50 other members, all of whom have personal connections to the groups extended family. And while the collective has indulged an array of musical whims along the way - including Bens penchant for penning a new sets worth of material for each live performance Constant Smiles sound has tightened up considerably over their past couple of albums, in large part as a result of Bens working relationship with Mike Mackey, who has become his main creative partner. This increased focus manifests on Paragons in the bands most cohesive batch of songs to date, ranging from shimmering psych-pop excursions to bittersweet, piano and string-accented strummers, and an execution that feels like a massive step forward for the band.

Through its recent forays into dream pop and shoegaze (Control) and synth-pop (John Waters), ConstantSmiles has learned how to incorporate its experimental inclinations more fluidly into the mix. Artists likeYo La Tengo, and the more recent Rat Columns, are good touchstones forConstant Smiles musical approach - tethering to an indie-pop core while perennially mining genres, always finding new ways to intrigue listeners and pursue a unique vision.

Paragons was produced and engineered by Ben Greenberg in the last two weeks of December 2020 at Garys Electric, with additional recording done by Ben Jones at his home studio,The Void, and his Aunt Leannes house. The album was mixed at Circular Ruin Studio and mastered byJosh Bonati. The band on Paragons consists of Jai Berger (who performed Introduction), Spike Currier (bass and synth), Matthew Addison (drums), Emma Conley (violin), Nicky Wetherell (cello), Adam Lipsky (piano), and Ben Greenberg (guitar and Mellotron).

Typically, a bands big indie label debut doesnt come15 albums into its career, but with Constant SmilesParagons, here we are. Primary songwriter and sole constant member Ben Joneswho considers Constant Smiles a collectivesees its impressive output as a way to document the groups evolution.Since its live debut as a noise duo on Bens home of Marthas Vineyard in 2009, ConstantSmiles has grown to include contributions from 50 other members, all of whom have personal connections to the groups extended family. And while the collective has indulged an array of musical whims along the way - including Bens penchant for penning a new sets worth of material for each live performance Constant Smiles sound has tightened up considerably over their past couple of albums, in large part as a result of Bens working relationship with Mike Mackey, who has become his main creative partner. This increased focus manifests on Paragons in the bands most cohesive batch of songs to date, ranging from shimmering psych-pop excursions to bittersweet, piano and string-accented strummers, and an execution that feels like a massive step forward for the band.

Through its recent forays into dream pop and shoegaze (Control) and synth-pop (John Waters), ConstantSmiles has learned how to incorporate its experimental inclinations more fluidly into the mix. Artists likeYo La Tengo, and the more recent Rat Columns, are good touchstones forConstant Smiles musical approach - tethering to an indie-pop core while perennially mining genres, always finding new ways to intrigue listeners and pursue a unique vision.

Paragons was produced and engineered by Ben Greenberg in the last two weeks of December 2020 at Garys Electric, with additional recording done by Ben Jones at his home studio,The Void, and his Aunt Leannes house. The album was mixed at Circular Ruin Studio and mastered byJosh Bonati. The band on Paragons consists of Jai Berger (who performed Introduction), Spike Currier (bass and synth), Matthew Addison (drums), Emma Conley (violin), Nicky Wetherell (cello), Adam Lipsky (piano), and Ben Greenberg (guitar and Mellotron).

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Paragons [Vineyard Grape LP]
Artist: Constant Smiles
Format: Vinyl
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DISC: 1

1. Introduction
2. Run to Stay
3. Hope for Tomorrow
4. The Things I Miss
5. Learning to Start Over
6. With Death in Mind
7. Interlude
8. The Weight
9. Daisy, Table for Three
10. Please Don't Be Late
11. Shame
12. Where Am I Now?
13. Outro

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Typically, a bands big indie label debut doesnt come15 albums into its career, but with Constant SmilesParagons, here we are. Primary songwriter and sole constant member Ben Joneswho considers Constant Smiles a collectivesees its impressive output as a way to document the groups evolution.Since its live debut as a noise duo on Bens home of Marthas Vineyard in 2009, ConstantSmiles has grown to include contributions from 50 other members, all of whom have personal connections to the groups extended family. And while the collective has indulged an array of musical whims along the way - including Bens penchant for penning a new sets worth of material for each live performance Constant Smiles sound has tightened up considerably over their past couple of albums, in large part as a result of Bens working relationship with Mike Mackey, who has become his main creative partner. This increased focus manifests on Paragons in the bands most cohesive batch of songs to date, ranging from shimmering psych-pop excursions to bittersweet, piano and string-accented strummers, and an execution that feels like a massive step forward for the band.

Through its recent forays into dream pop and shoegaze (Control) and synth-pop (John Waters), ConstantSmiles has learned how to incorporate its experimental inclinations more fluidly into the mix. Artists likeYo La Tengo, and the more recent Rat Columns, are good touchstones forConstant Smiles musical approach - tethering to an indie-pop core while perennially mining genres, always finding new ways to intrigue listeners and pursue a unique vision.

Paragons was produced and engineered by Ben Greenberg in the last two weeks of December 2020 at Garys Electric, with additional recording done by Ben Jones at his home studio,The Void, and his Aunt Leannes house. The album was mixed at Circular Ruin Studio and mastered byJosh Bonati. The band on Paragons consists of Jai Berger (who performed Introduction), Spike Currier (bass and synth), Matthew Addison (drums), Emma Conley (violin), Nicky Wetherell (cello), Adam Lipsky (piano), and Ben Greenberg (guitar and Mellotron).

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