Paterson: Original soundtrack (vinyl LP)
SQU¨RL is: Carter Logan and Jim Jarmusch. An enthusiastically marginal rock band from New York City who like big drums & distorted guitars, cassette recorders, loops, feedback, sad country songs, molten stoner core, chopped & screwed hip-hop, and imaginary movie scores. SQU¨RL began in 2009 when Jim and Carter teamed with producer/engineer Shane Stoneback to record some original music for the lm THE LIMITS OF CONTROL. Echoing the varied Spanish landscapes captured in the lm, the three emerged with a set of slow-motion psychedelic rock instrumentals (releasing them originally as Bad Rabbit). As the artists settled into their new moniker SQU¨RL, the group released a series of 3 EPs, recorded over a 3 year period by Shane at Treefort Recording in Brooklyn, NY. In 2013, SQU¨RL collaborated with Dutch lutenist Jozef Van Wissem to compose and perform the score for the lm ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE. Bridging ancient and modern sounds, the score serves as a reflection of the distinct textures of Detroit and Tangier. The lm and soundtrack album were released worldwide in 2014, and earned the group the Cannes Soundtrack Award from a consortium of lm and music critics. Earlier in 2017 SQU¨RL released EP #260, a heavier instrumental suite, with innovated b-side remixes by Anton Newcombe and Fo¨llakzoid. With their most recent project, the score for PATERSON, SQU¨RL have taken inspiration from their performances live-scoring Man Ray's surrealist silent films and made a dive into the ocean of ambient electronic music. This time, the poetry of the lm requested a slightly different approach in texture, timbre and tone, and led the band to use primarily analog synthesizers. Drums and guitars have been temporarily left behind - feedback gives way to glass harmonica drones, kick drums to sub-bass punctuation marks. While a brighter counterpoint to some of SQU¨RL's previous work, using some new tools, the band's purpose has remained to create their own variation on ecstatic music.