Desertion Trio is featured on Rolling Stone's Songs You Need to Know! Hank Shteamer calls our version of "Twilight Time" "a stakes-raising celebration of the song’s eerie emotional pull."
Couldn't agree more with this idea: "The cool thing about covering a 60-year-old song is that you probably
couldn’t copy the original even if you wanted to, so you might as well
take it somewhere weird."
This was an awfully magical night. Very happy that we were able to have our good friends Ron Stabinsky, Jaimie Branch, and Nels Cline join us throughout! Check out the entire set, recorded by Joe Burns, below.
"Taboo," the first song (and video!) from Desertion Trio's Twilight Time is now out there in the world, premiered today by PopMatters.
Writer Jedd Beaudoin describes "Taboo": It's an impressive demonstration of restraint, a walk in the narrow line between twilight and darkness, an expression of frustration, of melancholy, of resolve and hope all at once. It's the full expression of the cautious optimism of the past and the contemporary sense that hope is something of a bygone era.
I'm excited to finally announce the release of Twilight Time, the newest LP by Desertion Trio, named for the 1958 hit by The Platters.
On this record, we take on our influences directly, covering songs
associated with popular artists from the 1950s and 60s such as The
Platters, Santo & Johnny, and Gene Pitney, as well as exotica
godfather Les Baxter and space age record producer Joe Meek in our
Along with Johnny DeBlase and Kevin Shea, we enlisted our good friends
Tara Middleton, the commanding lead singer of the Sun Ra Arkestra, and
Ron Stabinsky, keyboard wiz for the Meat Puppets and Mostly Other People
Do the Killing, to help us fill out these songs.
The album will be released on April 26 by Long Song Records on limited edition 180g green vinyl.