On January 21, 2022, Orindal Records (US) & KIT Records (UK) will co-release two albums by genre-defying, US-born, UK-based composer & multi-instrumentalist Robert Stillman: What Does It Mean to Be American? & Portals (2022 Remaster).
Today, For the Rabbits premiered singles from both albums: "Cherry Ocean" from What Does It Mean to Be American? & "Portals 8 (The Stranger), a bonus track from the newly remastered & expanded vinyl edition of Portals, Stillman's 2017 cassette of electric piano meditations.
For the Rabbits writes of "Cherry Ocean" & What Does It Mean to Be American?:
"An eight-minute opus, Cherry Ocean is the only track on What Does It
Mean To Be American? that is not instrumental. Despite the rare foray
into lyricism, Cherry Ocean is nonetheless just as boundary-pushing and
eclectic as anyone who knows Robert’s music would expect. Prominent
sustained piano chords and Robert’s warm vocal reminiscent of Jonathan
Wilson bring the song to life, before orchestral flourishes, pitched
somewhere between the world’s of chamber-music and Gerswhin-like jazz,
take the song spiralling into the experimental mind of this fascinating
composer. As well as introducing the genre non-adhering nature of the
album, Cherry Ocean also introduces us to the themes that run through
What Does It Mean To Be American? This is a record that explores
nationality, identity and the American dream, asking constant questions
in an attempt to make sense of the complexities that are rolled up in a
Of Portals (2022 Remaster), For the Rabbits writes:
"Originally released on cassette back in 2017, the remastered and
expanded version will get a long-overdue vinyl release. The original
release is now adorned with a new composition, the strange and beautiful
wonder of Portal 8 (The Stranger)."
Read the full For the Rabbits article, which includes an interview with Stillman, HERE.
"Cherry Ocean" & "Portal 8 (The Stranger)" are also available from streaming services. Click the song titles to find them on your preferred streaming service.
What Does It Mean to Be American? is available on black vinyl, cassette tape & digital formats. Portals (2022 Remaster) is available on orange vinyl (North America-only) & black vinyl (EU/UK-only) & digital formats.
Pre-order both LPs or tapes together at special bundle prices HERE.