a righter rain will fall

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CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES.

a righter rain will fall, the knock-it-outta-the-park remix rework of the skin, the sea, the sound, has officially launched.

The album features Troy Herion, Lushlife, Papertwin, Cassandra Jenkins (Eleanor Friedberger), Anthony LaMarca (St. Vincent, The War On Drugs), Sleepers Work, Gutter Sparrow, Matt Davis, and Chris Ward of Pattern Is Movement, and will be unveiled song-by-song, week-by-week through July, August, and September of 2014.

Things kick things off with Troy Herion‘s full album remix. That’s right – he took the ENTIRE RECORD and compressed it into a 4:53 overture. It’s nuts.

Go here to hear.

Then crank it up and do a dance.

Finally, in celebration of all this remix glory, for the next nine weeks the skin, the sea, the sound – Limited Edition Vinyl will on sale for a mere 12 smackers. What the what?! Get ‘em while they’re hot.

Be well, friends, enjoy, and check back each week for new remixes.

R M X

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COMING SOON.

A host of extraordinary and suitably hard-to-classify artists have sliced, diced, turned upside down and all around each individual track of the skin, the sea, the sound, and are waiting in the wings with a righter rain will fall, a remix album of profound beauty, charm, surprise, and groove. The album will be unveiled song-by-song, week-by-week through July and August of 2014.

Remixers hail from wildly different musical worlds: from hip-hop luminaries to crackerjack composers, from adroit jazz improvisors to electronica gurus and dreampop chill-wave shoegazers; it’s a reimagining in the fullest sense of the word.

Featuring Lushlife, Papertwin, Cassandra Jenkins (Eleanor Friedberger), Anthony LaMarca (St. Vincent, The War On Drugs), Sleepers Work, Gutter Sparrow, Matt Davis, Chris Ward of Pattern Is Movement, and Troy Herion. Artwork by Ben Stamper.

Stay tuned!

Perfect Day

This day was a perfect day
Leaves fell, I forgot myself…

Edward Plumb, Frank Churchill, Paul Smith, Oliver Wallace: names from a bygone era of cinematic orchestration, the zenith of which seemed the near-exclusive purview of Walt Disney Pictures. Bambi, Cinderella, Pinocchio, Alice In Wonderland, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves – these scores followed a now faintly remembered rubric governing the relationship between music and image. Conversations between winds, brass, and strings mirrored the dialogue of Bambi’s unsure legs and a frozen forest lake, or the happy bustle of mice and birds cutting and sewing fabric for Cinderella’s surprise dress. The responsibility of telling a story was volleyed back and forth between screen and score, while worlds opened up in a wholehearted embrace of wonder and whimsy.

Playfulness is important. We forget ourselves.

This past autumn, I was brought in to write orchestral arrangements for a new Shaking Through episode featuring Cassandra Jenkins. Upon hearing the demo of “Perfect Day”, it was immediately clear that Cassandra and I (and Sam Owens, who co-wrote the song and offered some of the initial arrangement ideas) shared a deep fondness for the lush whimsy and gestural flourishes that so characterized the type of orchestration referred to above (and as it turns out we’re all total suckers for Debussy and Van Dyke Parks). With this is mind and in ears, I set to work.

I love working with artists of all stylistic and aesthetic persuasions, but it’s a particular treat when approaches and musical proclivities overlap to the extent that they did with Cassandra and Sam. The fruit of our collaboration is finally available for public enjoyment. Click here to listen to ‘Perfect Day’. As with the afore-posted “Toynbee Suite”, all arrangements were brought into vibrant and sparkling existence by the brilliant Dark Horse Orchestra. Click below to view the pair of stunning videos from Weathervane Music.

the skin, the sea, the sound – out on Good Behavior – TODAY!

I am writing with the very happy report that the skin, the sea, the sound is out on Good Behavior – today!

Celebrate good times. Available on both vinyl (classic black 150-gram, matte finish jacket, stunning art and lyric sleeve, download in the format of your choice) and digital (with 320-gram ones and zeroes). Purchases also include a beautiful 10-page art and lyric digital booklet. No expense has been spared. You’re all worth it – totes.

Also, if you find yourself in Philadelphia, PA, this weekend (read: get there), we’ll be celebrating with a release concert on Saturday evening (4/5) at one of Philly’s finest venues, Johnny Brenda’s. Good friends Rosu Lup and Liz & the Lost Boys will be kicking off the night. So much good music. Just click on the image below for further information and tickets.

Very excited to share this with you all. Be well, dear folk, and enjoy the music!

O Glowing Image

The third and final album trailer for the skin, the sea, the sound, out on Good Behavior, April 1. View below. For you!

Click here for the full skinny on the April 5 album release show at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia, and here to listen and preorder.

Enjoy, dear friends. With love and gratitude…

Album Cover Reveal

the skin, the sea, the sound - April 1, 2014

the skin, the sea, the sound-COVER (web)

artwork by Ben Stamper

First Sounds Reveal – February 4, 2014!

Album Trailer Reveal (1st of 3!) – DONE! Go here: vimeo.com/83510174

Awfully Kind Words Reveal – Read on!

“It’s the type of music where every note matters.”
– Greg Saunier / Deerhoof, Mystical Weapons

“Beautiful modern lieder from the moon.”
– Aakaash Israni / Dawn of Midi

“Stamper, himself, resides in the intersection of a variety of things – between pop and experiment, between formal elegance and confessional self-expression, between the improvisatory flow of jazz and the rigors of classical composition. It’s the kind of balancing act that makes choosing one thing over another seem cloddish.”
– Jennifer Kelly / Dusted Magazine

“The kind of album where every single bar of music seems to evolve from the last. With ‘the skin, the sea, the sound’, Stamper takes cues from prog-jazz, indie rock, and totalism in equal measure, but creates something entirely new, weird, and beautiful.”
– Lushlife

“Stamper is a remarkable composer, arranger and songwriter. ‘the skin, the sea, the sound’ brings it all together wonderfully. Every moment is original, and every song is a testimony to this great artist.”
– Brian McTear / Weathervane Music