CALEB LANDRY JONES
Shares new single "I Dig Your Dog" taken from debut album
‘‘The Mother Stone’’ out May 1st on Sacred Bones
Actor and musician Caleb Landry Jones will release 'The Mother Stone', his sprawling and psychedelic debut album, on May 1st via Sacred Bones. Today, he shares a third glimpse of its flamboyant pop with track "I Dig Your Dog."
Throughout “I Dig Your Dog,” Jones’ voice is animated and compelling as he describes abstract scenes:
“a fire waiting, the rolling rock from heavens head // swift and hollow, a shattered past // a cream so sour // and the family's stacked // I'm hip to walking, I dig your dog.”
The track shifts with theatrical instrumentation - swelling strings, colourful brass, and building percussion.
"Everybody digs their dog most" Jones comments.
"I remember really looking forward to tracking the part, just after but not before the next to last. It's always been my favorite part, it's always been my favorite part, it's always been my favorite part to play.
We made the intro around what we had in the Studio that screamed.
The little conganitas got things moving."
‘The Mother Stone’ is brilliantly ostentatious and psychedelic, built from abrupt detours and schizoid shifts of voice. Shaped by the influence of Jones’ formative encounters with the Beatles’ White Album and Syd Barrett’s solo work, it's a parade led by multiple unhinged narrators who rail against the universe, profess their love and vacate the stage before we can ask them a question.
Born in Garland, TX, Jones has been writing and recording music since age 16, around the same time he started acting professionally (Get Out, Stonewall, X Men: First Class, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Twin Peaks, The Florida Project, Friday Night Lights, etc).
He played in a band called Robert Jones briefly, but it was following a breakup that the songs really started coming hard and fast.
In the ensuing years he’d spend a lot of time carrying unrecorded songs around in his head, waiting for a chance to record them in marathon sessions in his parents’ barn.
“I started writing record after record after record after record, because I didn’t know what to do with myself,” says Jones.
“It was a good way of healing. And it felt like as soon as I started doing it, it felt like it needed to happen all the time.”
Sometimes the ideas fused together, one chapter to the next; this is how songs grew into seven-plus-minute epics like the ones on ‘The Mother Stone’. His back catalogue is around seven hundred songs deep— a whole discography of full albums, most of them unheard outside the barn, at least for now, thanks to a pivotal meeting with Jim Jarmusch, who introduced Jones to Sacred Bones.
Soon after coming together with Sacred Bones, Jones ventured to Valentine Recording Studios, where everyone from Bing Crosby to Frank Zappa once logged time, to record with producer Nic Jodoin. Jones brought his collection of battered Yamahas and Casios up from the barn and played them alongside vintage equipment from Jodoin’s collection. Working in a real studio for the first time gave Jones a chance to finally slow his creative process down. They built the songs up from acoustic guitar, let them sit a while, circled back.
So here Sacred Bones present the first glimpse into the barn; a collection of fifteen songs that shoot into outer space and back again, flitting from the grand to the obscure. Bringing together wholly contrasting worlds of sound and colour, Caleb Landry Jones journeys through a kaleidoscopic world of his own creation – full of imagination, inspiration, drama and emotion.
It makes for a thrilling and exhilarating ride.
B I Z Z A R R E
Caleb Landry Jones - I Dig Your Dog (Audio)
Caleb Landry Jones – ‘The Mother Stone’