OUT ON GOOD BEHAVIOR
'Peel Past the Starry Scrim' video: vimeo.com/97111266
"It's the type of music where every note matters."
- Greg Saunier (Deerhoof, Mystical Weapons)
"Beautiful modern lieder from the moon.”
- Aakaash Israni (Dawn of Midi)
"...he seems to inhabit two or more contradictory planes at once. It’s a bit unsettling, but also intermittently beautiful, as emotive pop and austere experiment glance off one other, affect one another and communicate, without ever becoming the mush in the middle." - Dusted
"...surrounds a core of longing so earnest it might make you blush—if it weren’t accompanied by the blank terror of the cosmos." - Image
"The kind of album where every single bar of music seems to evolve from the last. With 'the skin, the sea, the sound', Stamper takes cues from prog-jazz, indie rock, and totalism in equal measure, but creates something entirely new, weird, and beautiful."
"...sneaks up on you with its import." - The Blue Indian
"Don't waste your time putting a label on this album - really, just let yourself move into the songs and simply be." - Step Tempest
Joshua Stamper’s music has always been about the contracting and expanding nature of space, be it the distance between two grains of sand or the dilating and diminishing expanse between one person and another. This concern is no less central in his newest album, 'the skin, the sea, the sound', but its focus on space is decidedly outer. Stars and planets screech past each other, skidding along their orbits on beds of asteroid dust, while light-years-tall nebulae stand sentry at the edge of a galaxy. Curiously, as Stamper has turned his attention to celestial wonders and terrors, another cosmos has emerged—one intensely personal, internal, intimate. The liminal spaces between waking and dreaming, spirit and body, earth and heaven, are no longer classroom discussions in an Intro to Philosophy course; they are the waves of one universe lapping onto the shore of another...
'the skin, the sea, the sound' was supported in part through grants from the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum and Lincoln City Fellowships / Speranza Foundation.
released 01 April 2014
Paul Arbogast: Low Brass
Mike Cemprola: Woodwinds
Jon Rees: Woodwinds
Ruth Naomi Floyd: Vocals
Thomas Bendel: Drums
Emil Nikolaisen: Effects, Electronics
Joshua Stamper: Vocals, Guitars, Synths, Compositions
Recorded at Malabar Studios, Oslo, NO, and Familyre Studio, Clarksboro, NJ, by Martin Bowitz, Emil Nikolaisen, Daniel C. Smith
All other engineering by Joshua Stamper
Mixed by Brian McTear at Miner Street Recordings, Philadelphia, PA
Mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering, Chicago, IL
Artwork by Ben Stamper