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Ray’s Vast Basement

Starvation Under Orange Trees

Howells Transmitter
CD $10.50

07/03/2007 751937306924 

HT 004 CD 

A stunning new album from songwriter JON BERNSON under his RAY’S VAST BASEMENT moniker. Starvation Under Orange Trees was originally conceived as a “songtrack” for a staging of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men by The Actor’s Theater of San Francisco. Bernson wrote a series of songs and along with a crack backing band, performed them with the theater troupe over a 16-week performance run. When the show closed, a natural momentum carried the group into the studio, where eventually the album was recorded and finished. The result is fourteen tracks based on characters from various Steinbeck stories, performed with acoustic rhythm loops, vivid melodies, kaleidoscopic vocals, off-kilter arrangements, and odd soundscapes. Features backing from NATE QUERY (DECEMBERISTS), TIM COHEN (BLACK FICTION), ENZO GARCIA (JOLIE HOLLAND), LARRY CRANE (Tape Op/Jack Pot!), MICHAEL ZAPRUDER, MATT GREENBERG (CHARLES ATLAS), SEAN COLEMAN (KELLEY STOLTZ), and WARREN HUEGEL (TUSSLE). “A fully-formed aesthetic triumph.”—Aquarius Records. STREET DATE - 7/03/2007

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