the skin, the sea, the sound

by Joshua Stamper

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OUT 4/1/2014 ON GOOD BEHAVIOR
Album Trailer - "O Glowing Hunter": vimeo.com/89704085
Album Trailer - "Peel Past the Starry Scrim": vimeo.com/87087711
Album Trailer - "The Silent Beach": vimeo.com/83510174

"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)

“Stamper, himself, resides in the intersection of a variety of things – between pop and experiment, between formal elegance and confessional self-expression, between the improvisatory flow of jazz and the rigors of classical composition. It’s the kind of balancing act that makes choosing one thing over another seem cloddish.”
- Jennifer Kelly / Dusted Magazine

"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."
- Lushlife

"Stamper is a remarkable composer, arranger and songwriter. 'the skin, the sea, the sound' brings it all together wonderfully. Every moment is original, and every song is a testimony to this great artist."
- Brian McTear / Weathervane Music



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.

credits

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

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Track Name: Peel Past the Starry Scrim
Peel past the starry scrim to find
Peel past the starry scrim to find, to find me

Dig down, a righter rain will fall

inside me

Reach round the drowsy din and cut a key

Please find me, unwind me

Peel past the starry scrim to find
Peel past the starry scrim to find, to find me, to find me.

Under the skin, the sea, the sound
O Lover of Beasts, O Star from the East,
Will all things soon be found?