Mopes "One That Got Away" 7-Inch Record + MP3
Orders for this product page will receive:
1x "One That Got Away" b/w "About Last Night" WHITE 7-Inch Lathe Cut Record
***Limited Edition hand-numbered 1st pressing - only 30 copies available!
1x Mopes "Unwound" album 320kbps MP3 Download
- includes the full 12-song LP!
- link to download a .zip file of the mp3s will be delivered to your inbox after completion of checkout
- MP3s must be downloaded on a computer, not a mobile device
1x SFR Sticker
1x Bonus SFR artist CD - feel free to make requests, final selection will be made by SFR staff
Back again for the second time, the artist formerly known as PROLYPHIC continues to build his new name and flexes a veteran perspective on UNWOUND, a new self-produced LP that reveals more about the man of multiple monikers than any project before it.
"The last 5 years for me have been an unwinding of who I was as a person, who I am as a person, what I've been through and where I'm going," explains Mopes. "You can't jump the process, and the process for me was therapy, self-reflection, and self-analysis." The results of this time-well-spent can be felt on tracks like "Life's A Short Term Memory" (the first video) and the first single "One That Got Away," which take a frank, measured, and unflinching look into the world around and the world inside of Mopes. The journey continues on "Home Is Like A Tough Leather Jacket," which revisits his Rhode Island origins and the winding road that led to where he is today.
"When a spool of thread has issues, it kinks and spins out of control, but keeps spinning until it breaks down. That's a perfect analogy for who I'd become. For me to get back to zero and get to the root of my issues, I needed to go through the necessary task of unwinding all of that thread. I had to slowly unravel the layers to get to the core. The writing, and the title 'Unwound,' reflect that work," says Mopes. The process is also represented visually in the cover artwork of Lamadomus, who designed Mopes' self-titled debut EP in 2021.
Like that EP, "Unwound" features a classic Strange Famous posse cut - this time it's "Introvert Party." SFR emcees Jesse The Tree and Runt (of Jivin' Scientists) and vocalist Lynzi Stringer (last heard on ALXNDRBRWN's "Glow Kid" project) join Mopes to mild out in the separate-together manner the title promises. Additionally, Mopes enlisted StrangeFam stalwarts Buddy Peace on cuts, Alan Hague (Prayers For Atheists) on guitar, and Joshua Trinidad (Wheelchair Sports Camp) on trumpet, turning the project into a family affair, and helping to ensure that the introspective tone of the proceedings doesn’t weigh too heavily on the listener. The trio sprinkled their expert flourishes throughout a dozen molten slabs of grit-and-dust that make up the classic beats we've come to expect from Mopes.
"Unwound" is a perfect place for the uninitiated and the just-getting-reacquainted alike to get on board for the burgeoning Mopes renaissance - the multi-hyphenate has no less than a half-dozen projects in the works as either an emcee or producer (or both), some of which will surface in the year ahead, and all of which deliver his signature Strange Famous flavor like no other.
Mopes "Unwound" drops February 18, 2022 everywhere you listen to music, and is available to pre-order now at StrangeFamous.com and on Bandcamp.
Limited edition "UNWOUND" package deals including 7-Inch Lathe Cut Records, Cassettes, and T-Shirts are exclusive to StrangeFamous.com, and include digital downloads of the full digital LP!
- Life's A Short Term Memory
- Ooh How They
- The Gives, The Takes
- Prey With Tied Hands f/ Lynzi Stringer
- Home Is Like A Tough Leather Jacket
- Made In Brockton
- Introvert Party f/ Jesse the Tree, Runt, Lynzi Stringer
- One That Got Away
- About Last Night
- Grand Theft Auto Pilot f/ Lynzi Stringer
- Sour With Sweet
- A Parting Gift
All songs written, performed and produced by Mopes, except where noted
All cuts by Buddy Peace
Mixed and mastered by ALXNDRBRWN
Guitar on Grand Theft Auto Pilot and The Gives, The Takes played by Alan Hague
Trumpet on One That Got Away and Grand Theft Auto Pilot by Joshua Trinidad
Album cover art & layout by Lamadomus
7-Inch layout & design by Storm Davis
Limited edition package deals including T-Shirts and 7-Inch Lathe Cut Records are exclusive to StrangeFamous.com, and include the full digital LP!
How do these sound?
Lathe cuts will always have some degree of surface noise/pops/crackles, which tends to largely disappear once the music starts, especially for full, loud recordings. However, these lathe cuts are not audiophile records, or even comparable to standard pressed records. They will sound slightly different than the master, because the plastic reacts to certain frequencies differently. They are made from materials that were never intended to be records. Sound quality varies slightly from one record to the next, and some audio tracks translate better than others. There are many factors that determine the sound of the record; the material, the number of records that have been cut by the stylus, the climate, etc… But we drop-test them all and throw away any that are not up to standard. They are all totally listenable, but intended to be used more as playable art pieces. These lathes are not meant to be the way your track is regularly listened to.
Are these as loud as a normal record?
Unfortunately, No. Our cutter heads are 70 years old and utilize a magnet that has, over the years, degraded a little. They were also made before the loudness war and were never intended to produce the kind of volume that modern stereo cutting heads made in the 70s and 80s were geared for. On top of that, the plastic that is used is harder than a lacquer that is used to master a pressed record, and the heads has to work much harder, resulting in less volume (about 75% that of a modern record). So, you will have to crank up your amplifier a few notches past where it usually sits.
Will these play on any turntable?
These records do not always play well on all turntables, especially cheap turntables without a weighted tonearm. However, they have all been play tested to make sure that they track on a properly weighted record player. Lighter tonearm weight and neutral anti-skating works best. Sometimes the needle will get caught in between the grooves and sound awful. You can usually gently nudge the needle sideways into the bottom of the groove, which should fix the problem.
Inexpensive players with red cartridges/needles in particulars tend to have more problems than professional cartridges.
Will these records degrade or hurt my needle?
Absolutely not. These records are made out of hard polycarbonate plastic and will last as long as a pressed record. And your needle will not know the difference between this plastic or the PVC that pressed records are made of. The old adage that Lathe Cuts ruin your needle is a product of lacquer “dub plates” or “acetates”. Lacquers are extremely soft, and with repeated plays, the lacquer would wear off and build up on your playback needle. We DO NOT use lacquers and DO NOT have this problem. We listen to lathe cuts 12 hours a day in the studio, and rarely change out our playback styli.