The Squid's Ear Magazine

  Rapid SSL





  American Express

© 2002-2018, Squidco LLC


Bone Turquoise [VINYL]

Stern: Bone Turquoise [VINYL] (New Atlantis)

Merging rock sensibility with NY/Downtown jazz and improv, vocalist Chuck Stern (Time of Orchids) leads his band with Toby Driver (Kayo Dot) on guitar, Keith Abrams on drums, and Tim Byrnes on synth & keys, for exotic "alien pop" with unusual cinematic properties.

Price: $13.50


In Stock

Shipping Weight: 16.00 units

Quantity in Basket: None

Log In to use our Wish List
product information:

UPC: 616892229421

Label: New Atlantis
Catalog ID: NA-LP-010
Squidco Product Code: 21010

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: USA
Packaging: LP
Recorded at Strange Weather Studio by Marc Goodman and Daniel Schlett.


Chuck Stern-vocals, synth

Toby Driver-guitar, vocals

Keith Abrams-drums

Tim Byrnes-synth, Farfisa, Mellotron

Click an artist name above to see in-stock items for that artist.

Highlight an instrument above
and click here to Search for albums with that instrument.
track listing:


1. Reliquary 03:37

2. Bone Turquoise 05:37

3. Your Level Best 05:30

4. Common Carrier 04:43

5. Storm Guide 04:15


1. The Plot 08:15

2. Ousted 03:58

3. Trappings 07:52

4. Birds of Passage 07:15
sample the album:

descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Mining the avant sectors of the rock and jazz worlds to deliver some of this year's coolest new music, New Atlantis Records follows up recent releases by Upsilon Acrux and Invisible Things with another gem: the new album by Stern, Bone Turquoise.

Bone Turquoise is the brainchild of Brooklyn musician Chuck Stern who has been recording music under the Stern name since the end of his previous band, Time of Orchids (immortalized with releases on John Zorn's Tzadik label and Cuneiform Records). Conceived as a solo project, Stern has expanded now into a band that includes Toby Driver (Kayo Dot, Vaura, Secret Chiefs 3), Keith Abrams (Kayo Dot), and Tim Byrnes (longtime collaborator of Kayo Dot, Candiria, and more).

Chuck describes the sound aptly as "alien pop." Bone Turquoise is an album of almost-normal songs whose normalcy is consistently soured by unexpected notes and rhythmic derailments. It is a brilliant push and pull: the gentle and lush turns icy and dissonant, without warning, then returns. There are no satisfying ends nor total collapses, just a slow dance on the line between the two. Chuck's rich, soaring voice leads the way - Shudder To Think's Craig Wedren is one reference point, as is Mike Patton in his best crooner mode.

Wedren's greatness is reflected in the lyrics as well, some of which have all the startling abstract beauty of lines off Pony Express Record. From the title track: "A deviant streak / Bone turquoise, the meek / Return of the crew / A staunch vessel / For, you come about and open floodgates wide / How you stand beside me with your hand in mine / Bone turquoise."

Ultimately, "cinematic" is a good word for Stern. Chuck names the scores of Ennio Morricone as an influence and claims Bone Turquoise to be based on a sci-fi screenplay yet to be made into a film. The songs are fully immersive in their unpredictability, their winding paths holding the listener captive as if in a movie theater seat, transfixed in the throes of ineffable thoughts and feelings.

Bone Turquoise was recorded and mixed by Marc Goodman and Daniel Schlett at Strange Weather Studio (Liturgy, The Men, DIIV). The album follows 2012's Entitlement EP, recorded with the same lineup. Prior to that are three releases recorded solely by Chuck."-New Atlantis

Related Categories of Interest:

Vinyl Recordings
Rock and Related
Improvised Music
Improvised Rock
Quartet Recordings
Song Based Music
New in Rock Forms

Other Releases With These Artists:
Recommended & Related Releases:
Other Recommended Releases:
Hyrrokkin (Ed Ricart, Larkowski, Nagafuchi)
Pristine Origin [VINYL + REMIX CD]
(New Atlantis)
Neuringer, Keir
Ceremonies Out Of The Air [VINYL 2 LPs]
(New Atlantis)
Matta Gawa
(New Atlantis)

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought:
Beaudoin-de-la-Sablonniere, Louis / Eric Normand / Louis-Vincent Hamel
Brulez les Meubles
(Tour de Bras)
J@K@L (Keefe Jackson / Julian Kirshner/ Fred Lonberg-Holm)
After A Few Days
(Jaki Records)
Implicate Order, The
At Seixal
(Clean Feed)
New Thing Unit
For Cecil Taylor
(Creative Sources)
Isotope Ensemble
(Creative Sources)
Turner, Roger / Henry Kaiser / Martin Kuchen / Damon Smith / Jeff Coffin / Ed Pettersen / Tania Chen / Jordan Muscatello
Interstellar Transmissions
(Split Rock Records)
Eclectic Maybe Band
The Blind Night Watchers' Mysterious Landscapes
Zorn, John
Nous Percons Les Oreilles (Derome / Hetu)
Un ideal
(Ambiances Magnetiques)
Finlayson, Jonathan / Sicilian Defense
Moving Still
(Pi Recordings)
Rosenberg, Reed Evan / Ethan Tripp
Medium Rude
Postmarks (Boris Hauf / D Bayne / Martin Siewert)
National Parks [Vinyl]
Hammershlag, Arnold
No Face, No Name
Unlimited (Caldwell / Williams / Taylor)
The Sound Within
Sandstrom, Nisse Quintet
Live at Crescendo
(Moserobie Music)
Landaeus, Mathias
Into Life
(Moserobie Music)
Lacerda / Manso / Nilssen-Love / Zenicola
Bota Fogo
(Bocian Records 2014/QTV/PNL)
EFT (Bukelman, Davidovski, Bymel)
Spatial Awareness
(OutNow Recordings)
Nilssen-Love, Paal / Mats Gustafsson
Sin Gas [Vinyl]
Rempis / Marhaug Duo
Naancore [VINYL]
Kahn, Jason / Tim Olive
Two Sunrise
(845 Audio)
Kullhammar / Aalberg / Zetterberg
Basement Sessions Vol. 2
(Clean Feed)

Search for other titles on the New Atlantis label.