DOWNLOAD: Damon & Naomi - "Walking Backwards" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Damon & Naomi - "Shadow Boxing" (M4A)

Damon & Naomi

The former Galaxie 500 pair, Damon & Naomi released their LP False Beats and True Hearts on May, 17th via their very own |20|20|20 label. This release marks their 25th year together as performers, and also represents the first new project material in over four years!

False Beats and True Hearts has some unlikely origins, given the band's reputation for contemplative melancholy. While lyrics portray true introspection, the melodies are ambitious and far-reaching. Naomi's new passion for piano playing circles the album like a starry night, capturing the immediacy found in the finest Plastic Ono Band recordings. Like their best material, it's the sincerity and necessity of their expression that is the most striking.

With False Beats and True Hearts, Damon & Naomi offer a vital document of what brings listeners to music in the first place - emotion, identification and beauty. [Press Release]

At the top of this post you can stream/download the album tracks "Walking Backwards", and "Shadow Boxing." Via Spinner; False Beats and True Hearts can be streamed in its entirety. They've also premiered a music video for the LP's fifth track, "Nettles and Ivy" which you can view below.

Damon & Naomi kick off a May/June co-headlining tour with Amor de Dias, starting tonight at the Red Palace in Washington, DC. The two will grace Chicago's Lincoln Hall on May 27th with Good Night & Good Morning, as well as special guests: Smokey Hormel, and collaborator Michio Kurihara.

Head below to view all 2011 tour dates.

Damon & Naomi - "Nettles and Ivy"

Wed. May 18 - Washington, DC @ Red Palace @%
Thu. May 19 - Carrboro, NC @ The ArtCenter @%
Fri. May 20 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery @%
Sat. May 21 - Philadelphia, PA @ 1st Unitarian Church Chapel @%
Sun. May 22 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory @%
Mon. May 23 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott @%
Wed. May 25 - Toronto, ONT @ Horseshoe @%
Thu. May 26 - Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room @%
Fri. May 27 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall @%
Sat. May 28 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock @%
Tue. May 31 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern #%
Wed. June 1 - Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar #%
Fri. June 3 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill #%
Sat. June 4 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite #%
Sun. June 5 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar#%
* w/ Richard Youngs
% w/ Amor de Dias
@ performing w/ Michio Kurihara (guitar)
# performing w/ Bhob Rainey (saxophone)