New Album Moon Saloon out August 19th 2016
On August 19, the New England based Arc Iris will release a new album called Moon Saloon. Produced by the group and mixed by electronic producer David Wrench of FKA Twigs and Caribou fame, the album showcases beat-heavy melodies and textural, groove-riding rhythms.
Today, Stereogum premiered the video for “Kaleidoscope” and said the track “melds syncopated boom-bap drums, multi-layered classical flourishes, wandering synths, ringing guitars and Adams’ pure, beautiful voice for a constantly reengaging, regenerative excursion.”
Watch the video via YouTube:
“‘Kaleidoscope’ represents this weird, sleep deprived, ephemeral conversation between the dancers, projection artist, camera crew, and musicians,” said director Julia Liu about the video. “Some of my favorite shots are ones I would not have predicted, which is what excites me about the piece. That and all the acrobatics.”
Moon Saloon developed from the band’s distillations of musical influences, combining traditional elements with percussive structures and dense, beguiling harmonies. In many ways this second album captures Arc Iris’ musical odyssey as a band. “It has a heavier sound, more intense,” says Arc Iris keyboardist Zach Tenorio-Miller, who makes liberal use of sampling in many of the songs. The group matches an unusual array of organic acoustic instruments with layered electronic sounds.
Lead singer and lyricist Jocie Adams, Tenorio-Miller, and drummer Ray Belliform the core of Arc Iris, all virtuosic musicians in their own right. Adams spent eight years as a key member of indie darlings The Low Anthem, effortlessly zipping from hammer dulcimer to clarinet to bass to vocals, sometimes barely pausing to take a breath. As the band members see it, Moon Saloon works like a song cycle that parallels the arc of Everyman’s passage through modern day dilemmas. According to Adams: “The album is meant to be cathartic. There’s an imbalance in everyone’s lives. When there’s often so much going on, we yearn for simplicity.”
Adams wrote most of the songs during a songwriting retreat on an island in New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee several months before the recording session. For Adams, it was a week-long creative rush with no electricity, no running water, no cell phones—just a bed in a cabin and an acoustic guitar. She took her work back to Providence, where she and Tenorio-Miller worked on the songs, layering sounds, developing ideas, “transforming them into the world of Arc Iris,” Tenorio-Miller recalls.
Arc Iris will tour this summer and will perform a weekly residency in July at Brooklyn’s C’mon Everybody.
2) Kingdom Come
3) Paint With The Sun
5) She Arose
8) Saturation Brain
9) Rainy Days
10) Moon Saloon
6/18: Hammonton, NJ – Beardfest
7/5: Brooklyn, NY – C’mon Everybody
7/12: Brooklyn, NY – C’mon Everybody
7/19: Brooklyn, NY – C’mon Everybody
7/21: New Haven, VT – Cafe Nine
7/26: Brooklyn, NY – C’mon Everybody
9/9: Elizabethtown, NY – Otis Mountain Get Down