Universal/V2 have announced the re-release of Grandaddy’s landmark album The Sophtware Slump. The two disc release will feature both the original album as well as a disc of non album singles, b-sides, EP tracks and previously unreleased demos. Originally released 11 years ago, this special Deluxe Edition will be out on August 22nd.
Frontman Jason Lytle had this to say about the album’s re-release:
“I’m pleased to acknowledge the reissue of the Sophtware Slump. All of this is occurring in honor of the approximate 11 year anniversary of the Sophtware Slump. Even more exciting (in my opinion) is the CD release of rarities, B-sides, and etc. material that came about during the Sophtware Slump period. Yes…..11 years. Much better than 10.”
The Sophtware Slump was one of the most intriguing releases of the early 2000s and marked the end of era for indie-rock, along with Mercury Rev’s Deserters Songs (1998) and Flaming Lips’ The Soft Bulletin (1999). It was one of the last albums in which an indie band explored a more cosmically inspired landscape, experimentally and conceptually intriguing, eventually making way for bands like The Strokes and The White Stripes to, for better or worse, strip indie-rock back to its bare bones.
Written from the same manifesto as Neil Young song ‘After The Gold Rush’, The Sophtware Slump explored the themes of “nature versus the computer age”, a concept summed up by the album’s front cover, and has gone on to influence a wealth of great artists from Midlake to MGMT. The album won critical acclaim at the time of release (NME – 9/10, Pitchfork – 8.5/10, Allmusic 4.5/5) as well as admiration from David Bowie and bands such as Super Furry Animals, Modest Mouse, Wilco and The National.
Watch the video for ‘The Crystal Lake’ underneath: