Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sean Bones releases 7-inch

Brooklyn-based Sean Bones is pleased to release his Here Now 7", available physically today, with a limited run of records with handmade sleeve art and packaging. To celebrate the release our friends at Nylon have the record's B-side "Hit Me Up" available for free download.

Fresh off a tour with Mates of State and with SXSW on the horizon, Bones has even more cooking in the kitchen. His new LP Buzzards Boy will be available May 8. A full tracklisting is below.

Buzzards Boy is one of an evolving artist setting out to test new waters only to find himself weathering a stylistic and emotional sea change. As with most second records, there's much to prove, but in the case of Buzzards Boy, Sean Bones transcends a varied stylistic past to reveal himself as an intriguing songwriter capable of truth and sonic spells.

On Buzzards Boy, Sean and his bandmates hooked up with a producer for the first time. Shane Stoneback was sought out for his uncanny recording methods (oil cans, toys amps) and his enthusiasm for the demos he was absorbing between his other name-brand projects (Cults, Sleigh Bells, Vampire Weekend). The sessions were brief and at some point during the week Bones resolved to taking on the rest of the project alone. Traveling between rehearsal spaces, bedrooms and eventually to the West Coast, he built an awesome second record from the foundation laid through this partnership.

The island he's trawling this time is darker and more lush. Tracks are swathed in reverby surf guitars and loose percussion. Its easy to imagine hearing this album out doors, at night. A full listen reveals a wide range of influences digested into something wholly Bones' own. "Tell Me Again" is a folky harmonium piece played over what sounds like the Miami Sound Machine. "Four Dub" explores open space and urgency. The sublime "Black Gold" starts with a scruffy hip hop beat until giving way to another one of those swoony boy-girl ballads that he's good at.

At the heart of Buzzards Boy is a romantic young man, worried about the world and checking himself for imagined damage. Somewhere in the storm came a renewed sense of purpose. Fittingly, the exuberant lead single "Here Now" was written last. Backed by Fool's Gold's Garrett Ray and Lewis Pesacov, the song brims with energy as an ecstatic Bones proclaims, "I'm here now, hold it down!." Whether he's here to remind himself or the rest of us doesn't matter - the track is his most confident and inspiring to date.


01. Here Now
02. Hit Me Up
03. Gallon Jug
04. Wondering
05. Bermuda Nothin'
06. Tell Me Again
07. Cobra Trips
08. Voice Notes
09. Four Dub
10. Black Gold

11. Forever Time

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