We just stole a car’s "BARN" propels the group into new grounds: Digital processing is exchanged for concrete sound and analogue manipulation, man-made city soundscapes are replaced with “animal narrative,” and three new musicians (Kevin Romain, Dominic Conway, and Richard Shaffer,) join to convert the original duo into a quintet. The album combines through-composed material with free improvisation. Manipulation and processing of sound was kept minimal in order to coincide with the “natural” theme of the album. As a result, concrete sound and the sonic exploration of various instruments (clarinet, acoustic and prepared piano, trumpet, French horn, acoustic and electric bass, electric and prepared guitar, drums, percussion, saxophone, trombone, violin) make up the majority of the more abstract textures on the album.
Each copy of BARN includes Polaroid-size photographs by John Mutter and Jessica Groome which depict scenes of “destroyed” or “damaged” circumstances and scenarios. The photographs are a visual representation of a common theme of we just stole a car’s music, which is to set up a motif or a theme, and then destroy it. Each album contains a different combination of photographs, some of which are rarer than others.
"An ambitious concept album that has been thoughtfully composed to guide the listener through a complex aural journey. There are moments of gentle subtlety and other moments punctuaged with bombats. This is a music that is pleasantly challenging and that will offer something new upon each listen."
"An experimental post-everything exploration of urban landscapes, 'animal narrative', composition and improvisation."
For best results, listen to this album through headphones during a walk outside at midnight, or in bed just before going to sleep.