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“Cold Hands” – A Collection of Microcosms

Dust City Opera Returns With A New Multifarious EP

Albuquerque-based alt-rock band Dust City Opera is set to release their new EP “Cold Hands” on March 8th. With influences ranging from Radiohead to The Handsome Family to Alt-J, the EP represents a step forward in the band’s artistic evolution as they explored new creative possibilities in the recording process.

Crafted by the group’s lead singer and songwriter, Paul Hunton, “Cold Hands” journeys through stories of interstellar travel, cosmic eroticism, horror, humor, and dreamscapes. Each track unfolds as a unique world, with the collection tied together by a single, unifying thread: “The agony and ecstasy of transformation,” as Hunton relays.

“Cold Hands” was co-produced by Hunton along with Sydney Counce and Augustine Ortiz at The Decibel Foundry in Santa Fe, NM. The EP includes the collaboration of Carrie Leonard as co-writer of the equally haunting and beautiful, “King Friday,” and familiar guest musicians, Greg Williams and Alex McMahon, on the sinister track, “No One Is Saved.”

Through a mystical union of folk and electronic instrumentation, “Cold Hands” is a further testament to Dust City Opera’s powerful storytelling. Since their formation in 2018, the band has continued to enthrall audiences with its unique alt-rock orchestra style and harrowing tales of sadness, madness, and mayhem.

This forthcoming release follows a momentous year of accolades for the group, including Best Rock Album at the 2023 New Mexico Music Awards, and Top Rock Group at the 2023 New Mexico Entertainment Awards, among others. In 2023, they also signed with Rexius Records, continuing the recognition of their singular creative path.

Witness this supernatural collection of stories and sounds when “Cold Hands” is released on March 8th.

Artwork: Sydney Counce

Photo: Rusty Rutherford

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