“John Ashbery Takes A Walk (feat. Charlotte Gainsbourg)” By SQÜRL
SQÜRL, is the musical duo of Jim Jarmusch and Carter Logan. They recently the second single off their forthcoming album Silver Haze, due out on May 5th via Sacred Bones. Along with the arrival of the new track, they have also confirmed a Record Release Show in NYC on May 7th , the first in the newly launched iNDIEBALLROOM at Rockefeller Center concert series co-presented by Rough Trade at the Rainbow Room. The duo are also set to perform as part of Christine and the Queens‘ Meltdown Festival at London’s Southbank Centre on June 11th.
The duo released the first glimpse of their first full-length album last month with the brooding ” Berlin ’87 ” which The FADER called “ a slurry of post-rock and drone.” Today, they share a second look at the record with “John Ashbery Takes A Walk (feat. Charlotte Gainsbourg)” in which two of the influential poet’s works, read by Charlotte Gainsbourg , are set to a dreamy, glistening world of sound. Once again, the track is accompanied with a video created by Jem Cohen .
SQÜRL shares: “‘John Ashbery Takes A Walk’ celebrates the influence of our artistic godfathers, the New York School Poets. Two of Ashbery’s earliest poems, ‘Le Livre est sur la Table,’ and ‘Some Trees,’ are recited by the remarkable Charlotte Gainsbourg, her ethereal voice floating above SQÜRL’s psychedelic landscape of guitars, percussion, and electronics. And once again filmmaker Jem Cohen has created a meditative visual accompaniment revealing the joy and stillness found in the small details of ordinary life.”
Jem Cohen shares: “As a filmmaker I didn’t want to directly illustrate a poet’s words; I wanted to circle them. And I don’t want to distract from a song; I look for images that invite closer listening, that resonate, but not too loudly. So I dug into my footage archive and then sought out more reverberations upstate where Jim, Carter, and I all spend a lot of time. Houses, ‘some trees’ of course; and any blank slates on which the track could land… I was especially happy to find that mysteriously wrecked house with late sun in just one window. If you stuck a pin in a map, my circling was all within an hour of a particular house – the one Ashbery lived in for close to 40 years. Through their song’s shimmering guitar, steadfast rhythm, and Gainsbourg’s beautiful voice, Jim and Carter found a way to stroll with the poet. Hope I did too.”
1. Berlin ’87
2. The End of the World
3. Garden Of Glass Flowers feat. Marc Ribot
4. She Don’t Wanna Talk About It feat. Anika
5. Il Deserto Rosso feat. Marc Ribot
6. John Ashbery Takes A Walk feat. Charlotte Gainsbourg
7. Queen Elizabeth
8. Silver Haze
Pre-order Silver Haze by SQÜRL HERE
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