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Buke and Gase, So Percussion
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The career of Buke & Gase, the duo of Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez, has one of the more idiosyncratic arcs of any band of the past two decades. Formed in 2008, they became a cult obsession shortly after the release of their first demo EP, with the left-field indie rock of that release and their first LP earning the attention of luminaries like The National and Lou Reed, and praise from the likes of Pitchfork and Radiolab (which featured the group on three episodes) and NPR (where they played one of the very first Tiny Desk Concerts). By their second LP, 2013's General Dome their creative agenda — rigorous evolution and constant change — became clear. General Dome went in an unexpectedly abrasive direction that appealed to fans of metal & avant-garde music, yet it spawned an underground hit in the single "Hiccup" which received a Best New Music designation from Pitchfork, and saw the band tour the world with artists like Shellac, Swans, Deerhoof, and Owen Pallett. A planned 2014 follow up Dry Daniel was scrapped at the last minute when the band decided it sounded too much like what had come before, and for the next half a decade Buke & Gase were quiet. They continued to play and record together for their own consumption and creative fulfillment, and were active in other projects - like Aron's (him) invention of the chordstick, a bespoke percussion/guitar mash up that he build for Bryce Dessner's acclaimed "Music for Wood & Strings" project commissioned for So Percussion. Meanwhile Arone (her) collaborated with Bon Iver and The National, and founded an all-female choral collective #dronechoir - but released no new music under the Buke & Gase name. The band made a return last year with their third album Scholars, on which they abandoned their namesake instruments the buke (baritone ukelele) and gase (guitar/bass hybrid) and embraced electronic music, earning praise for the "clarity and force" (Pitchfork) of its "eerily catchy" (Stereogum) collection of songs, and saw the launch of Scholars Alliance, an innovative use of a Bandcamp's subscription service, on which the band's passionate fanbase receive exclusive access to their trove of unreleased and archival material. Today, Buke & Gase are returning to announce another left turn, a new album entitled A Record of... (out January 29th via Brassland) made in collaboration with the percussion ensemble So Percussion, which they are announcing with a single entitled "Diazepam." A Record of... will be available exclusively in the UK from recordstore a month before its official release on January 29th, alongside some signed stuff in an envelope, specially made for you.
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