Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bell Monks + Gregory Taylor - Brocades + Palimpsests

Bell Monks + Gregory Taylor - Brocades + Palimpsests We wrote a series of 14 short, quiet tunes for guitar and Rhodes in spring 2012 to perform at an art opening in Milwaukee. After recording the tracks later that year, we invited friends Ben Willis (contrabass) and Matt Sintchak (saxophone) to play on top of them. After adding a few more layers to flesh them out, we had a finished album, though it seemed incomplete. We invited Gregory Taylor to help out, and he did, brilliantly transforming each of the individual tunes using custom computer processing techniques on the various instrumental stems. From what had grown to more than 100 minutes of material, Lars Graugaard from clang helped to cull a selection for an album that reflects the spirit and tone of our original Bell Monks tracks, while slanting the sonic imprint more to Taylor's re-imagined versions.

NOTE: the album is for sale through clang on the label's bandcamp.

Monday, January 4, 2016

concert Jan 9

The CD release and concert is January 9! (not January 8, as previously posted).

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Big Bay

We are excited about the new year, which includes a new EP and a release concert January 9 in Madison, WI.

Our Big Bay EP shows the evolution of the band with our most natural-sounding and confident album yet. A collection of 7 tracks written and recorded in our dear friends Sven and Moose's garage in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the EP features our signature brand of melancholy sleepy rock, with a more immediate and heartfelt lyrical and vocal stye.

Pre-order the album and check out one of the tunes here: https://bellmonks.bandcamp.com/album/big-bay

To celebrate the release, we will be performing our first concert in Madison in a couple of years. The show will be at Audio for the Arts. Show at 8, doors at 7. $10 includes admission and a copy of the Big Bay CD. We're performing with the Brian Grimm/ Ben Willis duo, and ambient duo Nude Human. The show is also a CD release of BRAIN GRIMMER's I, Nefarious

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Big Bay EP release show Jan 8

We're delighted to be performing a CD release show on Jan 9. The gig will be at Madison's Audio for the Arts. Admission to the concert gets a free copy of the EP for $10.