by Dan Goldin (@post_trash_)
The enigmatic Dust From 1000 Yrs have been making music in the shadows for over a decade, their music ranging from full band art punk to warbling lo-fi folk and much of the territory that comes in-between. Last year saw the project's sole constant member, Bone aka Ben Rector, relocating from Bloomington to Boston, a move that has resulted in a near constant barrage of live shows ever since. Just in time for the fall, Dust From 1000 Yrs will release Spring, their new album, together with (the appropriately named) Dust Etc. and Art of the Uncarved Block.
"Unlearn," the album's second single is a meditative track that stems from regression and clearing your thoughts. Recorded to 4 track with a single mic, the sparse airiness and chilling guitar melodies set the tone before the vocals float in. It's lyrics, "I'm trying to get to nowhere / I'm learning to unlearn / some things are best unknown" are stark and dry, as Rector welcomes the blankness.
The video, directed by "Ron Crebet," filmed by Ethan Long, and co-edited by Long and Crebet, captures Bone finding company with a soiled Jesus lawn figure, as they take solace in one another. There's a close up of a nipple (but, of course), and the whole comforting relationship seems to wear thin without much warning. Things get sour and well... it doesn't work out so well for garden Jesus. "Unlearn" leaves a great deal of interpretation to the imagination, but it's images are blunt and unavoidable.
Spring will be available on cassette September 9th via Dust Etc. (US) and Art of the Uncarved Block (Canada). A companion VHS is being released by Erotic Mange. So Hard Young Boy (Bone's own label and longtime home of Dust From 1000 Yrs) will in the near future be putting out Spring on CD and extended DVD.