Bing & Ruth have announced their third studio album No Home of the Mind. Continuing with the deft minimalism that has marked them out in critical circles in recent years, the New York ensemble’s new record will be released on 17th February 2017, with its opening track, ‘Starwood Choker’, available now to stream and download here, with an accompanying video directed by Sébastien Cros.
Established in 2006, Bing & Ruth is an ever-evolving collective steered by composer David Moore. A pianist from Kansas and graduate of New York’s school of Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School, Moore’s work follows in the great tradition of fellow alumni John Cage and Steve Reich, albeit looking past the more studied repetition of the style’s forerunners toward a meditative form built on feeling.
With Moore at its nucleus, Bing & Ruth’s line-up has transmuted from the eleven-strong line-up that created debut album City Lake (“A stunning, humble record built on traditions we all understand, yet, somehow feels dizzyingly new.” – The Quietus) to a cast of seven for 2014’s Tomorrow Was The Golden Age (“One of the finest leftfield releases of the year.” – Pitchfork). With No Home of the Mind, the ensemble has been streamlined to a five-person unit, exploring the piano’s percussive qualities alongside running woodwinds, warbling tape delays and splattered upright bass lines that stare out with a wide-eyed transcendence, taking so-called “classical” music to new limits.
The visuals for ‘Starwood Choker’ were created by Sébastien Cros, a trusted collaborator who has been responsible for the Bing & Ruth videos, ‘The Towns We Love Is Our Town’ and ‘Rails’. Cros calls it “a collective dreaming effort. Images are trying to recreate a hypnogogic stage, a state in between awakened consciousness and sleep, a shift dream/reality, closely tied to David’s score movements.”
Bing & Ruth - No Home of the Mind
A1 Starwood Choker
A2 As Much As Possible
B2 The How of It Sped
C1 Is Drop
C2 Form Takes
C3 To All It
D1 Flat Line/Peak Color
D2 What Ash it Flow Up
No Home of the Mind is out 17th February 2017, and is available to pre-order now. It will be released on limited transparent 2xLP, standard black 2xLP, CD and digitally.
You can pre-order from 4AD here.
You can pre-order from all platforms here.
Following their first ever shows in Europe last summer, Bing & Ruth will return later this month for a second tour of the continent. All performances will feature the current five-piece set-up except in Gent where Moore will make a solo appearance.
27th - ACUD, Berlin, Germany [Tickets]
28th - Paradiso @ Roode Bioscoop, Amsterdam, The Netherlands [Tickets]
29th - Cecil Sharp House, London, UK [Tickets]
30th – Cite Internationale Des Arts, L’Auditorium, Paris, France [Tickets]
1st - L’Archiduc, Brussels, Belgium
3rd - Handelsbeurs (David Moore solo), Gent, Belgium [Tickets]