SQÜRL: EP #260

If you remember SQÜRL it means that you have probably noticed how exceptional was the music on the some of the last few Jim Jarmusch films, like The Limits Of Control and Only Lovers Left Alive.

Previously as Bad Rabbit the group started in 2009 as a collaboration between Jim Jarmusch, Carter Logan and producer Shane Stoneback in order to put together some original music for the slow paced assassin film, The Limits Of Control. Between that and the score for Only Lovers SQÜRL took a more solid shape and three EPs of more originals followed, as well as a collaborative LP between Jarmusch and baroque lutenist Jozef Van Wissem.

The band's score for Paterson (recorded by Jarmusch and Logan as a duo) is yet to be released. Their fourth EP though, EP #260, finds them as a trio experimenting once more with droning soundscapes, feedback and analogue textures. EP #260 is comprised of just three new pieces and a couple of remixes provided by The Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe and Föllakzoid.

Without it being the strongest SQÜRL release yet, EP #260 is a strong addition to their so far small catalog, a rich and organic record which like the band's other three non-score outings, provides a means for them to decompress and allows more of their art to be unleashed into the world without having to deal with the limitations a movie brings along.

It's in the nature of drone and experimental music in general to come in longer forms, so it makes one wonder why SQÜRL haven't centered on a regular full length yet, especially since a typical listening session with any one of those fine EPs is very probable to leave one craving more.



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