New Releases Coming From Cuneiform Records

Source: Cuneiform Records.

DESERTION TRIO
NUMBERS MAKER

NICK MILLEVOI – guitar
JOHNNY DEBLASE – bass
JASON NAZARY – drums

From the first notes of “Albion,” the opening track on the Desertion Trio’s third album, Numbers Maker, its first release on Cuneiform Records, it is clear that the Philly band is leaning into a new direction. Rolling Stone described their previous effort — 2019’s Twilight Time, a record of ecstatically-arranged covers of mid-century hits — as “surreally deconstructed retro pop,” but this new music has a darker edge that hits a little differently. The opening melody offers an oblique, fisheye reference to the sound of 1960s spy and surf guitar themes while a collective improvisation warps that perspective, shooting for the stars with sprawling and effected tones.

JACK O’ THE CLOCK
LEAVING CALIFORNIA

Jack O’ the Clock’s Leaving California is the kind of album that takes a couple listens to sink in. The record is a highly-detailed musical adventure; throughout, the songs of bandleader Damon Waitkus reveal a reverence for artists such as David Sylvian, Fairport Convention, and Elliott Smith, while creative musical arrangements showcase the band’s high-level compositional and instrumental chops. Upon first listen, Leaving California offers plenty of rewards, but this is dense music that truly reveals it’s depth upon the scrutiny of repeated spins.