DAN WEISS STAREBABY: WBGO Premieres "Head Wreck" From NYC Avant Jazz Collective; Natural Selection Full-Length To See Release Through Pi Recordings Tomorrow Thursday September 17 2020, 12:00 AM
DAN WEISS STAREBABY: WBGO Premieres "Head Wreck" From NYC Avant Jazz Collective; Natural Selection Full-Length To See Release Through Pi Recordings Tomorrow

Tomorrow, New York City-based drummer  DAN WEISS  and his all-star  STAREBABY  lineup will release their second album,  Natural Selection , through jazz label Pi Recordings. The collective sees  DAN   WEISS  joined by Ben Monder on guitar, Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas) on bass, and both Matt Mitchell and Craig Taborn on keyboards, pianos, and electronics. WBGO has unveiled the new single "Head Wreck" through an exclusive premiere on the eve of  Natural Selection 's release.


Natural Selection  is the highly anticipated follow-up to drummer composer  DAN WEISS 's 2018 release  Starebaby . Along with  WEISS , the rest of the collective - who all return from the first album - is made up of a dream-team of musicians who share a love for heavy metal and whose playing is unbound by genre. The intriguing and intense album has been expertly captured by veteran recording engineer Ron Saint Germain (Soundgarden, Living Colour, Bad Brains, Sonic Youth) and mastered by Joe Gastwirt.


WBGO writes, "'Set atop a latticework of loopy polyrhythm, which  WEISS  articulates right away, the tune quickly brings in a bone-crushing power chord. The keyboardists establish a jagged interval series, and later an ostinato that feels lifted from a horror movie. Every moment in the track, including Monder's doomy interlude around the six-minute mark, feels informed by live experience. This is a band that worked to find its balance, and then kept working."


Stream DAN WEISS STAREBABY's "Head Wreck" early only through WBGO  RIGHT HERE .


Pi Recordings will release  Natural Selection  on CD and through all digital providers this Friday, September 18th. Find preorders at the label webshop  HERE  and Bandcamp  HERE .


Watch for an official video from  Natural Selection  and more to see release in the coming weeks.


The recording of  Natural Selection  came fast at the end of a run of performances for the band - also named  STAREBABY  - which helped further cement the group's unique sound. It's staggering to contemplate the wide-ranging ability of these musicians from bone-crunching power to pensive reflection; exacting hits to improvised texture; faith to the compositions and manic improvisation. Each of these musicians is a leader in his own right; their 2019 releases evidence the sheer scope of their individual talents Dunn, a member of Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, Melvins, and Secret Chiefs 3, released his album  Nocturnes , which features his compositions for string quartet, piano and bass. Monder, who plays on David Bowie's  Blackstar , put out the dreamy  Day After Day , for solo guitar and trio. Taborn collaborated with pianist Vijay Iyer on  The Transitory Poems , an album of piano duos. Mitchell's  Phalanx Ambassadors  features his usual synapse-exploding, intricately detailed work, this time for guitar, vibraphone, bass and drums.  WEISS  himself released the more jazz-oriented  Utica Box , featuring his long-running trio with pianist Jacob Sacks, bassist Thomas Morgan, with the addition of bassist Eivind Opsvik. The success of  Natural Selection  would not be possible without these particular musicians, with their wide-ranging, all-embracing love of music and ability to execute everything that  WEISS  throws at them with conviction.



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