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Bing & Ruth
City Lake, Tomorrow Was The Golden Age, and No Home Of The Mind are masterful albums driven by Bing & Ruth’s leader David Moore at the piano, while their 4th release, Species, is an exploration of the sonic possibilities of the Farfisa organ aided only by a clarinet and double bass (played respectively by founding members Jeremy Viner and Jeff Ratner).
The title Species is a nod to both humanity and humility – a devotion to the godly intuition with which we are all endowed, and the humbleness required of us to perceive it. It’s also about suspended time and trance; not just a steady movement from A to B, but as something that flows, meanders and eddies, like water.
Now after traversing North America on tour with Mono in Spring 2022, Bing & Ruth has announced new EP Species (Solo Piano) which will be released on July 15. The two-track digital release finds the group’s leader David Moore transpose to piano Species songs “Body In A Room” and “Nearer” on piano, creating beautiful interpretations of the tracks that blossom as unique works of their own.
Of the EP Moore says, “While I wrote and recorded the songs on Species with an organ I had always felt, in the back of my mind, that they would also be interesting pieces to approach on the piano. So last winter when I found myself at the foot of a beautiful Steinway during a residency at Pulp Arts in Gainesville, FL it seemed like the perfect moment to set about reimagining them in that way. What you hear on this EP are the recordings of ‘Body In a Room’ and ‘Nearer’, respectively the first and last tracks from the album, performed with just me and that piano. Both songs explore the relationship between body and spirit.”
Harpist Marilu Donovan and violinist/vocalist Adam Markiewicz are NYC-based duo LEYA. The group works with and against the grain of tradition, mining intensity through alternate tunings, strange harmonies, and dream-state operatic-like vocals. Beauty underlies their sound but mixes with a sense of unease. LEYA has released a steady volume of work in several years. Their two albums via NNA Tapes, The Fool (2018) and its critically acclaimed follow-up Flood Dream (2020), exist alongside a range of collaborations. In 2018, the group wrote and performed a full-length soundtrack to I Love You, an erotic film directed by Brooke Candy and produced by PornHub that also features the duo as actors. 2019’s Angel Lust , a collaborative EP with Eartheater , followed courtesy of legendary experimental label PAN. In 2022, LEYA released the fully-collaborative Eyeline , a mixtape featuring contributions from Julie Byrne , Eartheater , Okay Kaya , Actress , Claire Rousay , James K , Deli Girls , Sunk Heaven , and Martha Skye Murphy . Additional singles and remixes have seen the group paired with Liturgy , Drew McDowall , and Christina Vantzou , among others.