Fresh off of his performance on Saturday Night Live supporting St. Vincent, drummer Mark Guiliana has surprised his fans by releasing a new EP titled Ancient Practice. Another surprise came as the album reunites Guiliana with his longtime collaborator, bassist Stu Brooks. On top of playing bass, Brooks is also credited with production for the EP. The powerful rhythm section takes a deep dive into sonic experimentation on Ancient Practice, as Brooks' distorted and heavily-effected bass matches the intensity of Guiliana's drum performance and programming. Joining Guiliana and Brooks are Roger Rivas on organ and piano and Nicholas Semrad on synth.
The EP is inspired by the book The Outlaw Ocean by Ian Urbina, which has now evolved into an entirely new project. As their website explains: In what began as an award-winning series in 2015 in The New York Times and a resulting book in 2019 by Ian Urbina, the ongoing non-profit reporting is now published as written and video stories in partnership with news outlets in dozens of countries globally.
For the sake of reaching a broader and a more diverse audience, the project also specializes in converting the journalism into other narrative forms such as music initiatives, educational games, podcast episodes, tv series, animation, and documentary films.
The new album can be streamed and purchased: HERE