SQÜRL Share Single & Video “John Ashbery Takes A Walk (feat. Charlotte Gainsbourg)” – New Album Out May 5th on Sacred Bones

April 9, 2023
Photo credit: Sara Driver


Share single & video “John Ashbery Takes A Walk (feat. Charlotte Gainsbourg)”
Album ‘Silver Haze’ out May 5th on Sacred Bones

Announced to play Christine & the Queens’ Meltdown in June

SQÜRL, the musical work of Jim Jarmusch and Carter Logan, has shared a second single from their forthcoming album ‘Silver Haze’, out on May 5th via Sacred Bones. They have also been confirmed to play Christine and the Queens’ Meltdown at London’s Southbank Centre on June 11th.

The duo released the first glimpse of their first full-length album last month with the brooding “Berlin ’87”. Now, they share a second look at the record with “John Ashbery Takes A Walk (feat. Charlotte Gainsbourg)” in which two of the influential poet’s works, read by Charlotte Gainsbourg, are set to a dreamy, glistening world of sound. They comment “‘John Ashbery Takes A Walk’ celebrates the influence of our artistic godfathers, the New York School Poets.  Two of Ashbery’s earliest poems, “Le Livre est sur la Table”, and “Some Trees”, are recited by the remarkable Charlotte Gainsbourg, her ethereal voice floating above SQÜRL’s psychedelic landscape of guitars, percussion, and electronics.  And once again filmmaker Jem Cohen has created a meditative visual accompaniment revealing the joy and stillness found in the small details of ordinary life.” 

Speaking on the video, Jem Cohen adds: “As a filmmaker I didn’t want to directly illustrate a poet’s words; I wanted to circle them. And I don’t want to distract from a song; I look for images that invite closer listening, that resonate, but not too loudly. So I dug into my footage archive and then sought out more reverberations upstate where Jim, Carter, and I all spend a lot of time. Houses, ‘some trees’ of course; and any blank slates on which the track could land… I was especially happy to find that mysteriously wrecked house with late sun in just one window. If you stuck a pin in a map, my circling was all within an hour of a particular house – the one Ashbery lived in for close to 40 years. Through their song’s shimmering guitar, steadfast rhythm, and Gainsbourg’s beautiful voice, Jim and Carter found a way to stroll with the poet. Hope I did too.” 

Charlotte’s melodic voice brings the poems to life across this dreamy landscape. The result is truly moving, enchanting and compelling.

SQÜRL was formed in 2009 to score Jarmusch’s movie The Limits of Control. Over a decade later, and with numerous EPs and film scores under their belt, SQÜRL are set to release their very first full-length record ‘Silver Haze’ on May 5th via Sacred Bones.

‘Silver Haze’ expands on SQÜRL’s passion for creating rich textural sounds, finessed by a keen ear for production. The band is known for playing with everything from analogue synths to broken radios and pulling inspiration from painters, writers, and birds on the street.Silver Haze’ is a poetic journey of spoken words, dynamic instrumentals, drone riffs and distorted effects, one that features tubular bells and a cello in addition to their signature stacks of delay, encircling the listener in a warm oscillation both delicate and devastating.

Silver Haze’ was produced by Randall Dunn, who has also worked with the likes of Sunn O))), Boris, Earth, Zola Jesus, and Marissa Nadler, all of whom are artists that SQÜRL cite as inspirations. The album enlists Charlotte GainsbourgAnika, and Mark Ribot as collaborators, resulting in a communal offering that shares an energetic lineage with the New York School of Poets.

The announcement of ‘Silver Haze’ comes on the back of sold out live shows across Europe. Originally intended to happen in 2020, the rescheduled dates saw Jarmusch and Logan perform an original live score to four films by Man Ray, a show which they will now bring to London’s Southbank Centre on June 11th as part of Christine and the Queens’ Meltdown.

Silver Haze’ track list:
1. Berlin ‘87
2. The End of The World
3. Garden Of Glass Flowers (feat. Marc Ribot)
4. She Don’t Wanna Talk About It (feat. Anika)
5. Il Deserto Rosso (feat. Marc Ribot)
6. John Ashbery Takes A Walk (feat. Charlotte Gainsbourg)
7. Queen Elizabeth
8. Silver Haze

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