Bing & Ruth have announced their third studio album No Home of the Mind out on Friday 17th February 2017 via 4AD / Remote Control Records. Continuing with the deft minimalism that has marked them out in critical circles in recent years, the New York ensemble’s has marked the announcement with its opening track, ‘Starwood Choker’, out today to stream/download and with an accompanying video. Watch via the image below.
Established in 2006, Bing & Ruth is an ever-evolving collective steered by composer David Moore. A pianist from Kansas and graduate of New York’s school of Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School, Moore’s work follows in the great tradition of fellow alumni John Cage and Steve Reich, albeit looking past the more studied repetition of the style’s forerunners toward a meditative form built on feeling.
With Moore at its nucleus, Bing & Ruth’s line-up has transmuted from the eleven-strong line-up that created debut album City Lake (“A stunning, humble record built on traditions we all understand, yet, somehow feels dizzyingly new.” – The Quietus) to a cast of seven for 2014’s Tomorrow Was The Golden Age (“One of the finest leftfield releases of the year.” – Pitchfork). With No Home of the Mind, the ensemble has been streamlined to a five-person unit, exploring the piano’s percussive qualities alongside running woodwinds, warbling tape delays and splattered upright bass lines that stare out with a wide-eyed transcendence, taking so-called “classical” music to new limits.
The visuals for ‘Starwood Choker’ were created by Sébastien Cros, a trusted collaborator who has been responsible for the Bing & Ruth videos, ‘The Towns We Love Is Our Town’ and ‘Rails’. Cros calls it “a collective dreaming effort. Images are trying to recreate a hypnogogic stage, a state in between awakened consciousness and sleep, a shift dream/reality, closely tied to David’s score movements.”