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ZUN: Ambient Desert Rock Trio Uniting Current And Former Members Of Kyuss, Ides Of Gemini, And Yawning Man To Release Burial Sunrise LP This March Via Small Stone; Two New Videos Posted
an age when the underground is dug up and paraded, commoditized,
cheapened and discarded seemingly on a weekly basis, guitarist Gary Arce
remains a genuinely under-appreciated craftsman in heavy rock and roll.
As the six-stringer for Yawning Man going back three decades, he's one
of the principal architects of the sound born in California's sands and
known commonly as desert rock. His contributions have been pivotal in
the creation of a style no less American than Delta Blues and no less
imitated worldwide, and with ZUN's Burial Sunrise, set for release via Small Stone Recordings
March 25th, he not only reaffirms the breadth and vitality that has
made his work so essential, but builds on it in expansive and vibrant
The core trio of ZUN is
Arce and vocalists Sera Timms (Ides Of Gemini, Black Mare, Black Math
Horseman) and John Garcia (Kyuss, Vista Chino, Slo Burn, etc.). Arce
plays bass and lap steel on Burial Sunrise as well, and he and
Garcia and Timms are joined by drummers Bill Stinson (Chuck Dukowski,
Yawning Man) and Harper Hug - the latter of whom also recorded the album
at Thunder Underground Studios in Palm Springs, California. Mario Lalli
(Fatso Jetson, Yawning Man) also contributes bass on a track, adding to
the fluid, jammy feel that pervades the vast soundscapes conjured.
Timms and Garcia divide lead-singer duties among Burial Sunrise's
six cuts, with Garcia lending his signature croon to "All That You Say I
Am," the brooding "All For Nothing," and the drifting desert ode
"Nothing Farther," while Timms brings her ethereal, otherworldly
presence to "Solar Days," "Come Through The Water" and "Into The
Wasteland," the last of which might just be the album's signature piece,
seeming to mirror the wide-ranging, sandy thematic of "Nothing Farther"
in bringing the desert - a place too often wrongly thought of as dead -
to life in vivid colors and warm tonality, but pushing even further
into an uncharted reach.
Lose yourself in the visual
accompaniments to "Into The Wasteland" and "Nothing Farther" featuring
The Doors' Robby Krieger on electric sitar at THIS LOCATION.
Burial Sunrise Track Listing:
1. Nothing Farther 2. Into The Wasteland 3. All For Nothing 4. Come Through The Water 5. All That You Say I Am 6. Solar Incantation
for forming and contributing to projects like Ten East (with Brant
Bjork), Dark Tooth Encounter (with Lalli, Stinson and Scott Reeder), The
Sort of Quartet, Yawning Sons (with Sons Of Alpha Centauri), and more,
Arce brings a style that is inseparable from desert rock. For the
partnerships he's made in ZUN and for the scope of the album, its laid-back feel and pervasive exploratory sensibility, Burial Sunrise
might just prove to be a landmark in his discography as well as the
beginning of a new era of his work, continuing to reshape the genre he
helped create in the first place in a manner that, like the sands
themselves, seems to remain separate from time despite the chaos all
Burial Sunrise wasmastered
by Chris Goosman (Acid King, Dixie Witch, Solace, Sasquatch et al) and
will see release on CD, digitally and limited edition vinyl on March
25th via Small Stone Records. For preorders, point your browser HERE.