I believe Buke and Gase is one of the most interesting musical duos currently active in Brooklyn. I first heard about this band two years ago (even wrote a little about them on TWD here) and I’m excited they are back with a bunch of cool new things for our listening and viewing pleasure.
As you can learn if you read my post or this neat profile on Wired, the band’s name refers to their two primary hybrid instruments: a baritone ukulele and a combined guitar and bass. They bring a slight bit of percussion and effects into their sound, but mostly what you hear is what they make with their titular hand-crafted instruments. When combined with singer Arone’s acrobatic voice, it makes for a super engrossing listen.
The duo is releasing a new EP called Function Falls tomorrow, which leads off with “Misshaping Introduction,” and includes an awesome cover of New Order’s “Blue Monday.” You can purchase the EP here, and it is also streaming via that Wired article linked above. Their second full length album will come out in 2013, but I think this makes for a satisfying appetizer until then.
Today Buke and Gase premiered their video for “Misshaping Introduction.” Like the band’s music, it is an artistic and impressionistic experience where the most primary sensation is the flitting perception that slowly takes form as the mind wraps around the uncanniness of something familiar cloaked in difference. The motion seems to sync well with the song’s rhythm and dynamics, too.
For those in the NYC area, Buke and Gase will begin a tour next Monday, playing with Deerhoof at the Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 N. 6th Street). The doors are at 8:00, the show is at 9:00, it costs $17, and is 18+. Tickets are available here. Full tour dates listed on their website.