When people ask us about foundational records for this label, ELUCID’s Save Yourself is one of the first ones that comes to mind. Not because it sold the most copies or got the biggest reviews—at that time all of our stuff was flying firmly under the radar—but because we knew that if Backwoodz was going to become sustainable, we needed to attract talented artists and make great records. We knew ELUCID was one of the very best out there. It was also early enough in his career that he didn’t have a definitive solo album yet. We saw the opportunity to make that happen under our umbrella and Save Yourself did not disappoint. We have made a lot of great records since but emotionally, this one will always reverberate in a really special way. The squealing baby on “1000 Faces,” that heavyfoot bass when “Obama Incense” starts, the serpentine mantras of “No Grand Agenda” (Small Pro + ELUCID never fails!), “MBTTS” being an iridescent bridge from the brilliant Cult Favorite project, it’s all incredible. There are so many stories from the making of this album: from convincing ELUCID to put “Blame the Devil” on the project, to Willie Green handcrafting a single on demand with “NY Blanks,” to Alexander Richter’s iconic album cover.
Save Yourself has been out of print for a good while now. After all, there were only ever 500 copies to begin with. Today we are unveiling not just a repress, but a gatefold 2xLP with instrumentals and an updated text-free printing of the cover that we think some of you will appreciate (We know billy woods does 😀).
These beautiful deluxe reissues of Save Yourself are moving briskly, and we decided to add them to Bandcamp as well.
The Save Yourself DELUXE version features two 12" grey marble colored vinyl in a gatefold jacket with photography by Alexander Richter. Side A/B is the main version and C/D is the instrumentals. Digital download link will be emailed upon purchase.