"But if you accept that human modes of creation and expression land on the ears of other humans who then feel compelled to add a few twists before re-transmitting, the fine scent of these spiraling sonic fumes amply repay the choice to not touch that dial." - Bill Meyers, Dusted
"Swimming in Bengal chart out new territory, as open and free as it is devout and comforting. Lots of buzzing elements and repeated motifs swirl in these songs..." - Marc Masters, Hi Bias
"The band has a way of imparting a worn feeling of age, timeless and turbulent to their work and as such there are few moments in the record that feel like the were laid to tape in 2016. They dart through worn street tapes picked up at adhoc Indian markets, ’60s jazz flare ups and subsequent ’70s jazz infatuations with stronger connections to non-American sounds." - Raven Sings the Blues
released January 1, 2017
Garden of Idle Hands was improvised live without overdubs at Tony's space in Sacramento, while the Berryessa Fire turned the sky orange in July 2015.
Tony recorded the session on cassette and Greg Hain helped us edit things into shape.
Mastered by John Golden.
Cover photo by Rusi.
Jed Brewer - gourd guitar
Rusi Gustafson - percussion
Tony Passarell - sax, flute, stand-up bass, harmonium, percussion
Dax Compise - drums on "Locusts"
Swim to Bengal: latherrecords.com/swimming-in-bengal/
8/25: Gold Lion Arts in Sacramento
11/25: Makeout Room in San Francisco