– featured image courtesy of tonje thilesen –
since 2012, the new york-based website stadiums & shrines has been quietly and carefully commissioning an ongoing sequence of songs collectively titled dreams: an invitation for artists to evaluate black-and-white collages of 1950s tourism photographs and interpret them in their aural likeness. after accumulating over three hours of dreams over the course of six years, stadiums & shrines has made a capsule of twenty tracks, to be released as a double album alongside a multimedia booklet this june via cascine.
– s & s curators dave sutton & nathaniel whitcomb (victoria masters) –
the compilation’s second single, “quebec (climber),” comes from the minimalist-inclined, classical collective bing & ruth. a six-minute wash of cascading acoustic pianos, haunting strings, and distant warbles of clarinet, “quebec (climber)” is the precise type of lush introspection stadiums & shrines has been known to hang its hat on for a decade now. with an inherent momentum born from its seafaring inspiration, “quebec (climber)” is a welcome glimpse of things to come from stadiums & shrines’ twenty-song double-album.
dreams is out june 15th via cascine. listen to bing & ruth’s wonderful “quebec (climber)” below.