bing & ruth no home of the mind cd / 2 LP in stores Feb 17
Bing & Ruth have announced the third studio album No Home of the Mind. Continuing with the deft
minimalism that has marked them out in critical circles in recent years, the New York ensemble’s new
record will be released on February 17, 2017.
With No Home of the Mind, the evolving ensemble has been streamlined to five and, after a year of
heartfelt composition with everything meticulously rehearsed in advance, it was recorded in two days with
the fewest takes possible.
An attempt to recreate the immediacy of classic session-style musicianship, where one-take recordings
were a standard to keep costs down, No Home of the Mind explores 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 lead video ‘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
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
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).
Their 4AD debut is available on CD, 2 LP and a limited edition double translucent vinyl configuration.
In 2006, David Moore started Bing & Ruth as a way to bring his compositions to an audience beyond
academia. A pianist from Kansas, studying at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New
York’s Greenwich Village, Moore was writing the sort of music he wanted to hear: minimalist ensemble
music with a certain filmic sensitivity, one that prioritized grace and texture over the style’s once-radical
subtraction. Following the seasoned history of minimalist heroes at the New School like John Cage and
Steve Reich—both of whom taught at the institution throughout the 1950s and ‘60s—Moore’s
compositions looked past the studied repetition of the style’s most prominent forerunners
towards a form built on feeling, a mobilization of time-honoured shapes, now angled outward towards a
greater totalizing sublime. The piece’s mark the culmination of Moore’s piano studies, pairing tender lines
that emphasize the instrument’s more percussive qualities with running woodwinds, warbling tape delays,
and splattered upright bass lines that stare out with a wide-eyed transcendence.
Now almost two years after their heralded Tomorrow Was the Golden Age, No Home of the Mind finds
Moore returning to the piano a heavier, more driven feeling. Composed on seventeen pianos across
North America and Europe over numerous sessions, tours, and travel, the pieces channel the
idiosyncrasies and respective limitations of each instrument into inspiration. “For me I feel like different
pianos all have their own personalities,” Moore says, “So in writing these new songs, I tried to embrace
the personalities of the pianos I was spending time with.”
After over a year of heartfelt composition, No Home of the Mind finds a newfound confidence, a
refinement of colour and cadence that pulls together a year’s worth of studied feeling into an album that
looks outward with fresh-faced, affective new forms.