SQÜRL Announce LP “Music for Man Ray” Out May 17th on Sacred Bones

March 31, 2024
Photo credit: Tom Jarmusch


Announce LP ‘Music for Man Ray’
A sonic exploration of the cinematic works by Man Ray
Out May 17th on Sacred Bones

Jim Jarmusch and Carter Logan (founding members of SQÜRL) return with a sonic exploration of the cinematic works of Dadaist pioneer Man Ray, a captivating project that melds music and film. SQÜRL’s ‘Music For Man Ray’ will be released on May 17th via Sacred Bones.
Over the past eight years, SQÜRL have been enchanting audiences with their live scores to May Ray’s short films across sold-out shows in prestigious venues like the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, and the Art Institute of Chicago. The culmination of their endeavour took place in the spring of 2023, on the 100th anniversary of Man Ray’s inaugural foray into filmmaking, when the newly restored “Return to Reason” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
Produced by Womanray (Marieke Tricoire) and Cinenovo (Julie Viez), “Return to Reason” unfolds as an anthology featuring four silent short films by Man Ray – Étoile de mer (1928)Emak bakia (1926)Le Retour á la Raison (1923), and Les Mysteres du Château de Dé. (1929) – each paired with an original score by SQÜRL.  
Jarmusch and Logan, two multi-disciplinary artists known for their experimental prowess, approached these scores as a way to create an ecstatic state, a space between consciousness and unconsciousness, reality, and the surreal. The resulting album ‘Music by Man Ray’ is born out of a live recording at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in February of 2023 and features distorted guitars, hypnotic feedback, loops and affected synthesisers.
In the words of Logan, “It’s a journey we want to take the audience on, illuminating themes throughout these films. They are discrete, but there are also recurring echoes throughout the whole program.” Jim Jarmusch adds, “We feel very proud to be Man Ray’s backup band.”
Now both the film “Return to Reason” and the resulting music in the form of Music for Man Ray’ are seeing the light of day – both stand as a testament to the creative synergy between Man Ray’s groundbreaking cinema and the innovative musical interpretation by SQÜRL.

Pre-order/pre-save ‘Music for Man Ray’ here:

‘Music For Man Ray’ track list:

Side A:
Side B:
Leave Me Alone 
Side C:
The Return 
Castle of Dice pt. 1 (LP Version) 
Side D:
Castle of Dice pt. 2 (LP Version) 

CD and Digital:
1. Starfish 
2. Leave Me Alone 
3. The Return 
4. Castle of Dice

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