Zun Post Videos for “Into the Wasteland” and “Nothing Farther”

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If your calendar or whatever technologically-current equivalent system you use isn’t already marked for the March 25 arrival of Zun‘s Burial Sunrise, you can feel free to go ahead and rectify that situation now. I’ll be here.

Okay? Good. News of the band’s debut came out last month, and with the involved lineup of Yawning Man‘s Gary Arce on guitar and vocalists John Garcia (KyussSlo BurnUnida and so on) and Sera Timms (Ides of GeminiBlack Math Horseman), it’s a significant happening even before you get down to the involvement of players like Mario Lalli (Fatso JetsonYawning Man) on bass, Harper Hug of Thunder Underground on drums/synth, Yawning Man‘s Bill Stinson on drums and The Doors‘ Robby Krieger (who seems to enjoy hanging out in the desert; recall he played on Garcia‘s solo LP as well) playing electric sitar, let alone the sound any of these considerable names conjure across the record’s soundscaping span. The album will be out on Small Stone, and is sure to catch ears among the converted and maybe even beyond, as its sweet melodicism, laid back rhythmic fluidity and the performances Timms and Garcia give entrance the listener with a cohesion rare for something that might rightly be called a supergroup, let alone one that trades off lead singers.

To further whet appetites, Zun have two new videos for tracks from Burial Sunrise — one with Garcia singing, one with Timms singing — that are available now for viewing. Between the two, you can definitely get a sense of the kind of atmosphere the record establishes, and I think you’ll agree it’s an atmosphere worth losing yourself within for a while. On repeat.

Both clips were put together by Christina Bishop. Info I wrote for the album follows, circled back through from the PR wire.

Enjoy:

Zun, “Into the Wasteland” official video

Zun, “Nothing Farther” official video

In an age when the underground is dug up and paraded, commoditized, cheapened and discarded seemingly on a weekly basis, guitarist Gary Arce remains a genuinely under-appreciated craftsman in heavy rock and roll. As the six-stringer for Yawning Man going back three decades, he’s one of the principal architects of the sound born in California’s sands and known commonly as desert rock. His contributions have been pivotal in the creation of a style no less American than Delta Blues and no less imitated worldwide, and with ZUN’s Burial Sunrise, set for release via Small Stone Recordings March 25th, he not only reaffirms the breadth and vitality that has made his work so essential, but builds on it in expansive and vibrant ways.

The core trio of ZUN is Arce and vocalists Sera Timms (Ides Of Gemini, Black Mare, Black Math Horseman) and John Garcia (Kyuss, Vista Chino, Slo Burn, etc.). Arce plays bass and lap steel on Burial Sunrise as well, and he and Garcia and Timms are joined by drummers Bill Stinson (Chuck Dukowski, Yawning Man) and Harper Hug – the latter of whom also recorded the album at Thunder Underground Studios in Palm Springs, California. Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson, Yawning Man) also contributes bass on a track, adding to the fluid, jammy feel that pervades the vast soundscapes conjured. Timms and Garcia divide lead-singer duties among Burial Sunrise’s six cuts, with Garcia lending his signature croon to “All That You Say I Am,” the brooding “All For Nothing,” and the drifting desert ode “Nothing Farther,” while Timms brings her ethereal, otherworldly presence to “Solar Days,” “Come Through The Water” and “Into The Wasteland,” the last of which might just be the album’s signature piece, seeming to mirror the wide-ranging, sandy thematic of “Nothing Farther” in bringing the desert – a place too often wrongly thought of as dead – to life in vivid colors and warm tonality, but pushing even further into an uncharted reach.

Known for forming and contributing to projects like Ten East (with Brant Bjork), Dark Tooth Encounter (with Lalli, Stinson and Scott Reeder), The Sort of Quartet, Yawning Sons (with Sons Of Alpha Centauri), and more, Arce brings a style that is inseparable from desert rock. For the partnerships he’s made in ZUN and for the scope of the album, its laid-back feel and pervasive exploratory sensibility, Burial Sunrise might just prove to be a landmark in his discography as well as the beginning of a new era of his work, continuing to reshape the genre he helped create in the first place in a manner that, like the sands themselves, seems to remain separate from time despite the chaos all around.

Zun are:
Gary Arce: guitars, bass, lapsteel
John Garcia: vocals
Sera Timms: vocals
Mario Lalli: bass
Robby Krieger: electric sitar
Bill Stinson: drums
Harper Hug: drums/ synths

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