stargaze EP: greg saunier’s ‘deerhoof chamber variations’

stargaze deerhoof variations

s t a r g a z e signs to Transgressive Records London!

Debut EP ‘Deerhoof Chamber Variations’ out on December 4th.

We are very proud to announce that s t a r g a z e have signed to the much applauded Transgressive Records label, home of such bands as Foals and the up-and-coming Alvvays and Gengahr to name but a few. Transgressive was recently awarded Label Of The Year by AIM Independent Label Association and we are extremely excited to enter into a collaboration with them, and we’ll keep you up-to-date as to future plans and releases!

Deerhoof Chamber Variations is devised as a continuous piece of instrumental music, based on 9 1/2 songs which drummer and composer Greg Saunier originally wrote for his acclaimed band Deerhoof. Different from most other band and orchestra/classical collaborations Greg himself arranged and recomposed the material for a classical chamber ensemble, using exactly the same notes as in the originals while rearranging the songs structurally, in a kind of miniaturizing and abstracting way. Thereby coalescing their essence, he somehow managed to still enhance and bring out the quirkiness, the harmonic and melodic originality and eccentricity of these pieces. Talking of eccentricity: Just as he eliminated his own part (drums) first, he used two instead of one singer, subtracting most words from their parts and using their voices and fragments of the original singing parts more like instruments themselves.

So the transformation is complete!

watch the “data” video on vimeo

watch the “data” video on youtube – except in Germany

order the 12″ from transgressive

download from itunes

– reviews:

drowned in sound – 8/10

drunken werewolf – “Ebbing and flowing through the entire spectrum of human emotions, the sections weave beautiful, lilting lines though haunting, unsettling backdrops of instrumentation.”

the music – 3.5/5 – “Stargaze debuts with a brilliant and totally left-of-centre take on the work of an indie-rock powerhouse.”

the skinny – 4/5 – “the effects are dazzling.”