Released 7th August 2015 via New Atlantis Records
Mining the avant sectors of the rock and jazz worlds to deliver some of this year’s coolest new music, New Atlantis Records follows up recent releases by Upsilon Acrux and Invisible Things with another gem: the new album by Stern, Bone Turquoise.
Out August 7th on New Atlantis, Bone Turquoise is the brainchild of Brooklyn musician Chuck Stern who has been recording music under the Stern name since the end of his previous band, Time of Orchids (immortalized with releases on John Zorn’s Tzadik label and Cuneiform Records). Conceived as a solo project, Stern has expanded now into a band that includes Toby Driver (Kayo Dot, Vaura, Secret Chiefs 3), Keith Abrams (Kayo Dot), and Tim Byrnes (longtime collaborator of Kayo Dot, Candiria, and more).
Chuck describes the sound aptly as “alien pop”, with dissonant, cinematic, soaring songs. Bone Turquoise is an album of almost-normal songs whose normalcy is consistently soured by unexpected notes and rhythmic derailments. It is a brilliant push and pull: the gentle and lush turns icy and dissonant, without warning, then returns. There are no satisfying ends nor total collapses, just a slow dance on the line between the two. Chuck’s rich, soaring voice leads the way – Shudder To Think’s Craig Wedren is one reference point, as is Mike Patton in his best crooner mode.
As longterm fans of Kayo Dot we’re very proud to have the exclusive première of Bone Turquoise ahead of its release date. Have a listen below!
Bone Turquoise was recorded and mixed by Marc Goodman and Daniel Schlett at Strange Weather Studio (Liturgy, The Men, DIIV). The album follows 2012’s Entitlement EP, recorded with the same lineup. Prior to that are three releases recorded solely by Chuck. The cover art was created by Ian Anderson of The Designer’s Republic (Aphex Twin, Pulp).
Stern is an exciting, strange force in the Brooklyn scene, in the same orbit as bands like Psalm Zero, Mick Barr and his many projects, and of course, Kayo Dot.