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"Define" - the title track off the album released on Joyful Noise’s White Label, as curated by Mastering Engineer Sarah Register, Define “Relationship” - was a quick-n-easy-down-n-dirty-flurry of sexual expression for me, which isn't something I tend to do with Buke and Gase. I kept thinking about how much phones are integrated into relationships now, i think at the time many of my closest friends were on tinder or some other dating app, so there was a lot of talk about the ickiness of sizing someone up so quickly by a photo - swipe right or left and you’ve made your decision. Done. Next! The line “can we define, rewind” is the incessant need to define “what we’re doing” - again, in the context of hearing others complain/bitch/moan-n-groan about the process - an almost obsessive push and pull, and if there was a connection made there seemed to be an immediate shift in desire: FOMO crept in, doubts circulated and *poof* it was over, and then came either regret or a freshy to flirt with. I think this way of communicating and moving through the pool of sexual possibility is excessive and confusing. But that’s me! It’s also indicative of an increasingly impatient culture - “this should work, why isn’t it working, this is boring, you should know me by now”. Whatever. I work with kids, teaching them how to fix bikes, and they get SO upset when they can’t just lightly swipe something to make it work already. Good luck to our future.

It is -hands down- my favorite, somewhat reminiscent of legendary Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”, so in the process of reimagining it for Stargaze I focused in on another deep influence, PJ Harvey, who’s “Man-Size Sextet” sat as the pinnacle for where I wanted it to go, onto which Romain Bly piled his well-trained take of flourishes and ornaments that I absolutely LOVE. Aron Sanchez then mixed this bubbling mountain with careful attention to space, allowing each of these delightfully dizzying parts to march to the top unhindered. Another inspiration for the Stargaze version was the soundtrack to the television series about Loki - by Natalie Holt, especially the “Loki Green Theme” - yeah Marvel is super entertaining to me, and I find her work in this context to be dreamy and looming. The sheer immensity of her compositions begged to be met, if only halfway. Laura Mvula’s album, Sing to the Moon, was also on heavy rotation while I dreamed up some of these tunes, and while i’m not sure it directly influenced the arrangement of Define, I wouldn’t be surprised if the backing vocals were inspired by her incredible work.


from arone x s t a r g a z e (Scholars Alliance version), released December 1, 2023


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Buke and Gase Hudson, New York

Est. 2008, New York by the duo of Arone Dyer & Aron Sanchez. We are an experimental pop band who improvise & edit down the results until only the grooviest parts remain.We play on instruments we build—formerly the buke & gase exclusively. Now the Arx & other things. NPR Music once said “No other bands sound quite like the duo of Buke & Gase.” Ok! ... more

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