Chicago composer and ONO member Jordan Reyes has announced the release of the sophomore album called Sand Like Stardust which will be out on November 20th via American Dream Records. According to the press release, When planning the album, Reyes wanted to consider the trajectory of American music, drawing a throughline from the oral traditions enmeshed in blues, country, folk to contemporary underground music, splicing together acoustic instrumentation with an experimental, electronic sensibility. As such, the album begins with the first instrument – human-constructed wind – the sole sound source on opening song “The Pre-Dawn Light,” which invites the listener in with layered voice and whistling.
From there, Reyes adds acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lap-steel guitar, trombone, keyboards, and an electronic drum to the compositional mix.“I wanted to push myself compositionally,” he says. “My first album Close was all eurorack synthesizer, a lot of which was automated by control voltage, but Sand Like Stardust has no modular synthesizers, seeking to channel the warmth, immediacy, and vulnerability of hand-played instruments and voice.”
He shared a new track called “Rebirth At Dusk” which comes with the official video. Directed by Eryka Dellenbach, the video explores a theme of the “complex, many-layered history of the vaquero, and how the North American cowboy of contemporary imaginations descended from that through colonialism.”