Desertion Trio - Twilight Time vinyl lp (due to size and weight, this price for the USA only. Outside of the USA, the price will be adjusted as needed)

SKU LSR LP 148-2019
Nick Millevoi – guitar
Johnny DeBlase – bass
Kevin Shea – drums
Tara Middleton – vocals
Ron Stabinsky – piano, organ, and mellotron

Desertion Trio is Nick’s sort of deconstructed, odd take on Americana and surf rock, with a great band consisting of folks from Zevious and Mostly Other People Do The Killing and a few guests.
They do “Sleepwalk”, “Red River Valley” and other tunes you know, but in a way you do NOT know. Big fun.

Twilight Time is the newest record by Desertion Trio, named for the 1958 hit by The Platters. While the band has alluded to the music of the 1950s and 1960s on 2018’s Midtown Tilt (Shhpuma/Clean Feed), their newest release finds Desertion Trio taking on their influences directly and covering songs associated with popular artists of the period such as The Platters, Santo & Johnny, and Gene Pitney, as well as exotica godfather Les Baxter and space age record producer Joe Meek. For Twilight Time, Desertion Trio has enlisted 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 join the trio in combining these songs with the trio’s “rapid-fire chemistry” (Bandcamp Daily) and “dusty tones” (Downbeat) in order to deliver a “nonstop instrumental thrill-ride” (Aquarium Drunkard) that the Philadelphia Inquirer called a “traffic-stopping, multi-genre pileup.”
Desertion Trio is the creation of guitarist/composer Nick Millevoi, formed to fearlessly explore the history of instrumental electric guitar music and throw it in a blender, creating an explosion of jazz, psychedelic blues, surf music, and country rock instrumentals. Millevoi has worked with artists such as Nels Cline, John Zorn, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Fugazi’s Joe Lally, and was a member of Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, Deveykus, and co-led the punk-jazz power trio Many Arms, which release five records, including two on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. Desertion Trio features bassist Johnny DeBlase of Sabbath Assembly and Zevious as well as drummer Kevin Shea, known for his work with Talibam! and Mostly Other People Do the Killing.
The concept behind Twilight Time was inspired by the shore town of Wildwood, NJ, which features many of the most well-preserved examples of outrageous mid-century architecture and design. Millevoi explains how the town’s aesthetic and freewheeling character lie at the heart of Twilight Time: “I’ve been going to Wildwood for my entire life. It’s a unique place in its look and the way it always seems to be operating at the highest level of energy. I know it scares some people away, but it’s feels like home to me. I realized on our last record that a lot of those feelings are already lurking in the music I write. This time I decided to deal those ideas directly by tackling music from the 50s and 60s.” And while the music on Twilight Time predates the 35-year-old Millevoi by a couple decades, it’s the music that the bandleader heard, and continues to hear, on trips to Wildwood, NJ. “There’s a weird dichotomy in Wildwood where it exists as this nostalgic place, but also exists at the very edge of mainstream trends. When I was going to Wildwood as a kid in the 80s and early-90s, first learning to play guitar, I was hearing these old songs, which they play all over the town, played next to contemporary rock and hip hop so I absorbed this music, these oldies, as if they were current to my own childhood!”
Choosing the material came together quickly for the band, as Millevoi explains, “Part of what’s so much fun about music from this era is how different everything is, so we could find romantic ballads like ’Twilight Time’ and ‘Town Without Pity’ and put them right up against a Les Baxter song that we twisted into a surf-rock explosion, a cowboy song like ‘Red River Valley,’ one of the first songs I learned to play, now treated as a mixed-meter latin homage, and turn ‘I Hear a New World’ into a slice of cosmic exotica.” Expanding the trio to include Tara Middleton and Ron Stabinsky allowed the band to get more ambitious with their arrangements as well. “Tara has such a powerful presence in her role as lead singer of the Sun Ra Arkestra and she fits right in with what we’re trying to do. Sun Ra’s music is nostalgic, chaotic, and still sounds cutting edge, so it’s a huge inspiration on what we’re doing here as well. Some of these songs we’re playing demand to be sung, so Tara was so obviously the person to sing them. Having Ron allowed us to include all of these keyboards - Mellotron, Hammond, Wurlitzer, piano - that really help us get to the core of the sound of this music.”

“When Nick Millevoi plays the guitar, it's like a rocket darting skyward between clouds.” - NPR

“Music that seeks the sun by exploding toward it.” - Pitchfork

STILL dunno if you want this? Rolling Stone says you do!
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  • UPC8032089000437
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