Tuesday, August 4, 2015

STERN + Echoes and Dust

"Stern has created a surreal hybrid of gothic rock, DC post-hardcore, progressive rock, and post-metal, with a strong Faith No More influence tossed in, and the end result is the extraordinary new album, Bone Turquoise. If you want a good indication of how surreal and enthralling it is, you can't do much better than 'Your Level Best,' a weirdly gloomy track that slogs along like a dirge sung by a lunatic."

"The strange, aqueous nature of the music that Stern offers on its new record becomes a lot less unexpected when you realize that the band includes Toby Driver the scary genius behind Maudlin of the Well and Kayo Dot... The album is full of pop-like tunes, all hip-checked sideways and left to melt in the summer sun."

"Stern draw on everything from avant-garde metal to film scores in forging their self-described 'alien pop' sound... Off-kilter structure and shifting rhythms could fit right into Kayo Dot's 2014 darkwave exploration, Coffins on Io."
–Invisible Oranges
Bone Turquoise, the debut album by Stern, is now streaming in its entirety via Echoes and Dust, here.

Named for frontman/composer Chuck Stern (ex-Time of Orchids), the Brooklyn quartet also features Toby Driver and Keith Abrams of Kayo Dot and longtime Kayo Dot collaborator Tim Byrnes. 

Out this Friday, August 7th, on New Atlantis Records, Bone Turquoise was recorded and mixed at Strange Weather Studio (Liturgy, DIIV, The Men).

Icily calm, gentle yet unsettling, Bone Turquoise is a brilliant trip through the shaky mind of its creator. Stern's self-dubbed "alien pop" makes for a dissonant, deceptive listen, in line with the solo works of Mike Patton, Shudder to Think's Pony Express Record, and the scores of Ennio Morricone or Angelo Badalamenti.

Pre-order the album, here.

Stern, live:
Aug 29 - New York, NY @ The Stone w/ Kayo Dot