Contradictions embraced: Although SQÜRL’s music is anti-mathematic, SQÜRL loves mathematics. We love the Fibonacci numbers. And magic numbers. Perfect numbers. Bell numbers. Catalan numbers. 260 is none of these. It isn’t a perfect number, and not factional of any number. It’s not even a regular number. 260, though, is the number of days in all Mesoamerican calendars. The Mayan calendar. The Tzolkin calendar. 260 is also the number of days of human gestation. (Orangutans also). 260 also has an elliptical connection to the dark rift; a series of molecular dust clouds located between our solar system and the Sagittarius Arm of the Milky Way. And although not a magic number, 260 is the magic constant of the magic square investigated by Benjamin Franklin, and part of the solution to a famous chess problem; the n-queens problem for n=8. 260 is also the country code for Zambia. And the US area code for Fort Wayne, Indiana. Therefore, SQÜRL has labeled this recording EP #260.
-Jim Jarmusch, March 1, 2017
SQÜRL is: Jim Jarmusch, Carter Logan and Shane Stoneback.
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.
SQÜRL began in 2009 when Jim Jarmusch and Carter Logan teamed with producer Shane Stoneback to record some original music for the film THE LIMITS OF CONTROL. Echoing the varied Spanish landscapes captured in the film, the three emerged with a set of slow-motion psychedelic rock instrumentals (releasing them as Bad Rabbit). Following these scoring sessions Jim, Shane, and Carter continued to record new originals while also exploring the back-alleys of American country, noise, and psychedelia. SQÜRL released a series of 3 EPs, recorded over a 3 year period by Shane at Treefort Recording in Brooklyn, NY.
In 2012, Jim collaborated with baroque lutenist Jozef Van Wissem and released an LP on Sacred Bones entitled The Mystery of Heaven. In 2013 SQÜRL and Van Wissem began to compose and perform the score for the film ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE. Bridging ancient and modern sounds, the score serves as a reflection of the distinct textures of Detroit and Tangier. The film and soundtrack, the latter which also features Zola Jesus, Madeline Follin and Yasmine Hamdan, were released worldwide in 2014, and quickly earned the group the Cannes Soundtrack Award. Jarmusch and Logan’s collaboration continued as a duo with SQÜRL’s acclaimed score for PATERSON, and a trio with Stoneback for EP #260.
Like an instrumental spiritual successor to Glasgow's incredible The Amazing Snakeheads, this is seething with effortless noir menace and rebellious 50's cool. A smouldering single that I so wish could have evolved into a full-length release and project. Paroled in ‘55