Exclusive stream: Tony Levin and the Stick Men, “Whale Watch” from Deep (2013)

Here’s an exclusive stream from Something Else! featuring one of the most intriguing tracks off Deep, the new whale watching-themed recording from King Crimson/Peter Gabriel collaborator Tony Levin and the Stick Men.

This nine-track set, fan funded and easily their most complex, thoughtfully conceived and imaginatively consumptive, finds a band dominated by rhythm instruments once again exploding every cliched expectation surrounding such things. Tony Levin (Chapman Stick, vocals), Pat Mastelotto (this variety of drums) and Markus Reuter (a wonder on touch guitar) have used an aggressive touring schedule to create something best described as uncanny musical symbiosis here.

[SOMETHING ELSE! INTERVIEW: Tony Levin joins us to talk about the Stick Men’s amazing album ‘Deep,’ and new projects with David Bowie, Peter Gabriel and the Crimson ProjeKct.]

Deep moves, with determined bursts of imagination, from the expected moments of still underwater reverie to these drama-filled, almost volcanic moments of turbulent noise — often within the same song. All of it, however, leads up to this, the stunning, 11-minute tone poem that closes out Deep.

Levin, after appearing with Adrian Belew and the Crimson ProjeKct in Japan this March, will tour behind this album along the East Coast. Tour dates are included below …

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UPCOMING STICKMEN 2013 TOUR DATES …

Mar 20: Woodstock NY / Bearsville Theater
Mar 21: Schenectady NY / The Van Dyck (2 shows)
Mar 22: Montreal QB/ Petit Campus
Mar 23: Cambridge MA/ Regattabar (2 shows)
Mar 24: Londonderry NH/ Tupelo Music Hall
Mar 26: Sellersville PA/ Sellersville Theater
Mar 27: Norfolk CT / Infinity Hall
Mar 28: Annapolis MD / Ramshead
Mar 29: New York / Iridium (2 shows)
Mar 30: New York / Iridium (2 shows)

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