Gastr del Sol Announce We Have Dozens Of Titles

Gastr del Sol will release their new album We Have Dozens of Titles on May 24th via Drag City
Gastr Del Sol photo by James Crump

Gastr del Sol will release their new album We Have Dozens of Titles on May 24th via Drag City (Bill Callahan, High Llamas, Wand). David Grubbs and Jim O’Rourke reconnected to assemble nearly an hour of previously unreleased live recordings — including their final performance together, along with another near-hour of studio recordings culled from long lost singles, EPs, and compilations.

David Grubbs formed Gastr from the final lineup of Bastro; on the debut Gastr album, The Serpentine Similar, Grubbs, Bundy K. Brown and John McEntire downshifted from a thrashing electric outfit into a droning, acoustic-based one. Following this, the lineup shifted again, decisively. When Brown and McEntire departed to focus on the project to be known as Tortoise, Jim O’Rourke arrived, pairing with Grubbs to make a sequence of unpredictable leaps across genre and practical approach alike, over the course of three LPs (1994’s Crookt, Crackt, or Fly, 1996’s Upgrade & Afterlife, and 1998’s Camoufleur) and a pair of EPs that threatened the passage of musical time as we knew it.

Along with the album announcement, Gastr del Sol share “The Seasons Reverse (live)”, a broadcast-quality live capture from their final show at the 1997 Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, miraculously found in the CBC archive. With a laptop in tow, the two performed “The Seasons Reverse” on-stage using digital multitracks from the epochal pop music of their not-yet finished fifth and final studio album, Camoufleur. Within the song’s final mix, layers of vivid textural detail unravel in true Beach Boys Stack-o-Tracks fashion to form a take on an old favorite that crystalizes the ebullience and improbability found in Gastr’s live performances.

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