Is post-psych a thing? If not, Date Palms could definitely qualify it as a term to comprehensibly describe their interdisciplinary sound of drone, Indian classical and ambient. The band’s core is duo Greg Kowalsky, who plays keyboards and electronics, and violinist/flutist Marielle Jakobsons, but currently perform as a five-piece to return with their third LP, The Dusted Sessions, out June 11 on Thrill Jockey. The video for the album’s second-to-last track, “Dusted Down” was premiered this week on Tiny Mix Tapes.
According to the label site (which dives much deeper into this release’s strong art direction and compositional symbolism), “Dusted Down” was “inspired by the Eureka Dunes, where the Kowalsky and Jakobsons watched dust devils form and slowly traverse the sands. The counterpoint formed by violin and bass mirrors that steady, slow roll of wind across the desert.”
The LP is pressed on a limited run of 500 “dusted pink” vinyl with gatefold packaging, proudly designed in the underlying theme of the dustbowl and imagery of the American West. It was recorded by Date Palms’ label mate and local engineer Phil Manley (Life Coach) at LCR in San Francisco; adding to its deep symbolic qualities, it was partially tracked during the annular solar eclipse on May 21st, 2012.