the skin, the sea, the sound — a new record by Joshua Stamper.

Stream the full album above and get it on classic black vinyl or high quality digital:

BUY IT HERE ($20 black vinyl / $8 digital download)

The album features Stamper’s guitar and earthy baritone – at turns comforting and urgent – amidst a rich, unique sound: the vocals of Ruth Naomi FloydThomas Bendel’s propulsive drums, low brass by Paul Arbogast, woodwinds by Michael Cemprola and Jon Rees, and electronics by Emil Nikolaisen of Norwegian shoe-gaze outfit Serena-Maneesh.

See Joshua Stamper live at Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday, April 5.

Album Credits

Paul Arbogast: Low Brass
Michael Cemprola: Woodwinds
Jon Rees: Woodwinds
Ruth Naomi Floyd: Vocals
Thomas Bendel: Drums
Emil Nikolaisen: Effects, Electronics
Joshua Stamper: Vocals, Guitars, Synths, Compositions

Recorded at Malabar Studios in Oslo, Norway and Familyre Studio in Clarksboro, NJ — by Martin Bowitz, Emil Nikolaisen, and Daniel C. Smith.

All other engineering by Joshua Stamper. Mixed by Brian McTear at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia. Mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering in Chicago. Artwork by Ben Stamper.

Feel the cosmos grow larger in a stunning blur of pop charm and classical composition. Joshua Stamper brings his earthy and immediate baritone of the skin, the sea, the sound  together with a full band, for a live performance on April 5, 2014 at Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown.

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Two unique Philly folk outfits are supporting Stamper:
 Rosu Lup (listen to “Shorelines”)
Liz & the Lost Boys (listen to "Escape" from their latest album)
Accompanying Joshua Stamper: Mark Allen – woodwinds (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone), vocals Mike Cemprola – woodwinds (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone), vocalsPaul Arbogast – tenor and bass trombone, vocals Bethany Brooks – keys, vocals Tom Bendel – drums/percussion, vocals

Feel the cosmos grow larger in a stunning blur of pop charm and classical composition. Joshua Stamper brings his earthy and immediate baritone of the skin, the sea, the sound  together with a full band, for a live performance on April 5, 2014 at Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown.

GET TICKETS

Two unique Philly folk outfits are supporting Stamper:

Rosu Lup (listen to “Shorelines”)

Liz & the Lost Boys (listen to "Escape" from their latest album)

Accompanying Joshua Stamper:
Mark Allen – woodwinds (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone), vocals
Mike Cemprola – woodwinds (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone), vocals
Paul Arbogast – tenor and bass trombone, vocals
Bethany Brooks – keys, vocals
Tom Bendel – drums/percussion, vocals

N E W  R E L E A S E   —  April 1, 2014
On Tuesday April 1, Good Behavior will release the skin, the sea, the sound — the newest album from Philadelphia composer and collaborator Joshua Stamper.
Stamper’s music has always been about the contracting and expanding nature of space, be it the distance between two grains of sand or the dilating and diminishing expanse between one person and another. This concern is no less central in the skin, the sea, the sound, but its focus on space is decidedly outer.
Listen below to “O Glowing Hunter, O Lover of Beasts”, the first track on the album, recorded at Malabar Studios in Oslo, Norway and Familyre Studio in Clarksboro, New Jersey — by Martin Bowitz, Emil Nikolaisen (Serena Maneesh), and Daniel C. Smith (Danielson).
Joshua Stamper plays Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday April 5.

N E W  R E L E A S E   —  April 1, 2014

On Tuesday April 1, Good Behavior will release the skin, the sea, the sound — the newest album from Philadelphia composer and collaborator Joshua Stamper.

Stamper’s music has always been about the contracting and expanding nature of space, be it the distance between two grains of sand or the dilating and diminishing expanse between one person and another. This concern is no less central in the skin, the sea, the sound, but its focus on space is decidedly outer.

Listen below to “O Glowing Hunter, O Lover of Beasts”, the first track on the album, recorded at Malabar Studios in Oslo, Norway and Familyre Studio in Clarksboro, New Jersey — by Martin Bowitz, Emil Nikolaisen (Serena Maneesh), and Daniel C. Smith (Danielson).

Joshua Stamper plays Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday April 5.

Limited edition cassette Harvest Mansanto from Forcefeel is out April 20, 2013. It’s encased in ugly chemical plastic — complete with nutrition label, rubber glove, and corporate product plug. Harvest Mansanto is flickering, mutant biodisco for the silicon alleys of your mind.
BUY IT HERE (Limited Cassette $5)
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Limited edition cassette Harvest Mansanto from Forcefeel is out April 20, 2013. It’s encased in ugly chemical plastic — complete with nutrition label, rubber glove, and corporate product plug. Harvest Mansanto is flickering, mutant biodisco for the silicon alleys of your mind.

BUY IT HERE (Limited Cassette $5)

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Introducing…
SECOND SATURDAY SYNESTHESIAwith Grubby Little Hands and Graph Rabbit.
June 8th, 2013 @ Indy Hall, 22 N. 3rd St. in Old City.
Doors at 8:00pm – Music starts at 9:00pm
$5 suggested donation at the door.
SSS, a curated audio-visual music series, aligns detached enclaves of the Philadelphia arts scene and results in a more cohesive community by fostering collaboration across various creative medias. It’s also a damn good time with friends. 
SSS begins on June 8th. SSS begins with you.

Introducing…

SECOND SATURDAY SYNESTHESIA
with Grubby Little Hands and Graph Rabbit.

June 8th, 2013 @ Indy Hall, 22 N. 3rd St. in Old City.

Doors at 8:00pm – Music starts at 9:00pm

$5 suggested donation at the door.

SSS, a curated audio-visual music series, aligns detached enclaves of the Philadelphia arts scene and results in a more cohesive community by fostering collaboration across various creative medias. It’s also a damn good time with friends.

SSS begins on June 8th. SSS begins with you.

Psyched for Philebrity-curated Art Star Craft Bazaar, happening May 11 & 12 at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia. The excellent music lineup includes Good Behavior artists Grubby Little Hands and TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb.

Psyched for Philebrity-curated Art Star Craft Bazaar, happening May 11 & 12 at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia. The excellent music lineup includes Good Behavior artists Grubby Little Hands and TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb.

Video premiere via yvynyl:

Grubby Little Hands - Unring A Bell

Some friends of mine here in Philadelphia have a ongoing cross-media collaboration going on. Filmmaker Brian Melton crafts elegant, stunning visual work to wrap the tropical atoll music of duo of Donnie Felton and Brian Hall in vibrant dancing light. After fawning over this stunning piece for “Feel in My Back” (still one of my favorite music videos of 2010), I’m glad they continue to do me the honor of introducing new works to you, gentle reader.

Pick up The Grass Grew Around Our Feet LP now on Bndcmp or from the band soon on vinyl.

Previously: “Uneek

New video from Grubby Little Hands is on yvynyl:

PREMIERE: Grubby Little Hands - Uneek

One of my favorite music videos last year was these Donnie Felton-led Philly glo-fiers collab with filmmaker Brian Melton on the song “Feel in my Back”.  Now they’re back with another stunning work of skittles-colored psychedelic dreamscape accompanying the lazed-out sun bathing, mojito-drinkin’ lullaby. Lovely, lovely stuff.  I guarantee that watching this will lower your stress level at least three full points instantly.  Trust.

Pick up this new single free for yourself on Bndcmp! Bros up on Tmblr too.

Joshua Stamper has been a restless composer and remarkably active collaborator for over 20 years. His work reflects the intersection of seemingly disparate musics, with a profound love for the intimacy, charm, and potency of chamber music.
Stamper worked extensively with Pulitzer-prize winning composer Lewis Spratlan and has collaborated with such luminaries as Sufjan Stevens, Danielson, Twin Sister, Robyn Hitchcock, Todd Rundgren, Lushlife, RJD2, Emil Nikolaisen of Serena Maneesh and David Hartley of Nightlands/The War On Drugs. His orchestral arrangements and work as a session musician appear on Sony/BMG, Domino, Dead Oceans, Important Records and Sounds Familyre, among others.
In 2012, Stamper wrote the orchestral film score for ‘Horse & Rider’, an award-winning documentary about two former victims of the sex-trafficking industry in India. He has three albums under his own name: Wend (2010), Interstitials (2012), and the skin, the sea, the sound, out April 1, 2014 on Good Behavior.
Listen

Press

"It’s the type of music where every note matters." - Greg Saunier (Deerhoof, Mystical Weapons)


"Beautiful modern lieder from the moon.” - Aakaash Israni (Dawn of Midi)


“Stamper, himself, resides in the intersection of a variety of things – between pop and experiment, between formal elegance and confessional self-expression, between the improvisatory flow of jazz and the rigors of classical composition. It’s the kind of balancing act that makes choosing one thing over another seem cloddish.” - Jennifer Kelly / Dusted Magazine


"The kind of album where every single bar of music seems to evolve from the last. With the skin, the sea, the sound, Stamper takes cues from prog-jazz, indie rock, and totalism in equal measure, but creates something entirely new, weird, and beautiful." - Lushlife

Joshua Stamper has been a restless composer and remarkably active collaborator for over 20 years. His work reflects the intersection of seemingly disparate musics, with a profound love for the intimacy, charm, and potency of chamber music.

Stamper worked extensively with Pulitzer-prize winning composer Lewis Spratlan and has collaborated with such luminaries as Sufjan Stevens, Danielson, Twin Sister, Robyn Hitchcock, Todd Rundgren, Lushlife, RJD2, Emil Nikolaisen of Serena Maneesh and David Hartley of Nightlands/The War On Drugs. His orchestral arrangements and work as a session musician appear on Sony/BMG, Domino, Dead Oceans, Important Records and Sounds Familyre, among others.

In 2012, Stamper wrote the orchestral film score for ‘Horse & Rider’, an award-winning documentary about two former victims of the sex-trafficking industry in India. He has three albums under his own name: Wend (2010), Interstitials (2012), and the skin, the sea, the sound, out April 1, 2014 on Good Behavior.

Listen

Press

"It’s the type of music where every note matters." - Greg Saunier (Deerhoof, Mystical Weapons)

"Beautiful modern lieder from the moon.” - Aakaash Israni (Dawn of Midi)

“Stamper, himself, resides in the intersection of a variety of things – between pop and experiment, between formal elegance and confessional self-expression, between the improvisatory flow of jazz and the rigors of classical composition. It’s the kind of balancing act that makes choosing one thing over another seem cloddish.” - Jennifer Kelly / Dusted Magazine

"The kind of album where every single bar of music seems to evolve from the last. With the skin, the sea, the sound, Stamper takes cues from prog-jazz, indie rock, and totalism in equal measure, but creates something entirely new, weird, and beautiful." - Lushlife

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