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“Awake Awake” is available now
Jayme Stone breaks new ground from folk musician and composer to experimental pop singer and producer. The songs on AWake mark a new creative start for Stone, who is best known for his banjo playing and world-wise roots albums like Africa to Appalachia, Lomax Project, and Folklife. The song serves as a preview for what’s to come from Stone’s new album. His forthcoming LP will be available on August 28th.
For years I knew I had these songs in me. Like I had a premonition that some future me was driving backwards in time, full of songs, and at some point, we’d meet.
He captures and sculpts sounds—felted piano, bass clarinet, analog synths, and sequencers—until they’re hazy and unrecognizable.
AWake features Felicity Williams (Bahamas), Jason Burger (Big Thief), Daniela Gesundheit (Feist), Jason Linder (David Bowie), Alec Spielgelman (Cuddle Magic) and more. It was co-produced by Stone and David Travers-Smith, his longtime collaborator who has recorded, mixed, mastered and co-produced all of Stone’s records.
AWake was recorded at Figure 8 in Brooklyn, a space that feels more akin to a community center or Japanese monastery than a studio. Entering from the street, musicians take off their shoes and walk through the kitchen with farmer’s market produce on the counter. The studio, made of reclaimed wine barrels, cork and felt, is drenched in sunlight. The studio’s owner, Shahzad Ismaily (who also guests on the album) has a dizzying collection of rare synthesizers and one of world’s few Klavins Una Corda keyboards (which anchors several songs on the album).