Dream Funk

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Every combination of sound and silence has a rhythm. The world all around us is full of infinite rhythms - limitless combinations of sound (and lack thereof) within the sonic sphere. Additionally, actions and visuals are rhythmic too; one must simply broaden the definition to be concerned with more than just aural qualities. Thus, any juxtaposition of alternating empty and full spaces births a rhythm.

And perhaps art—both visual and aural (music)—could be defined as the creation of a polyrhythm by combining different individual patterns and rhythms of empty and full spaces. Through this creation of polyrhythm that is art, we give some sort of order to the chaos of the infinite number of rhythms occurring in the natural and human-formed worlds, and by doing so, based on what we pick out and choose to combine and the way we do it, we express our cumulative histories and resultant creativity—our spirit.

Dream Funk was recorded in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Thank you to our lifelong mentor Sheree Seretse


released August 25, 2016

Janak Preston - Piano, Wurlitzer, Vibraphone, Mbira, Percussion
Gabriel Stout - Drums, Vocals, Percussion

Additional credits:
Sam Broido - Guitar (Silhouette and Tiles)
Charlie Feig - Trumpet (Cashew Chaser)
Riley Calcagno - Mandolin (Big Yellow Moon)
Leo Shannon - Banjo (Big Yellow Moon)

Mixed by Level 2
Mastered by Hans Watkins
Wes Suite mastered by Bram Wollowitz

Art by Hannah Holiday



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Janak Preston & Gabriel Stout

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Track Name: Dream Funk
Something is happening here
I've seen it with my own two eyes
Translucent fortune teller
Watching me dream inside my naked head
Track Name: Wes Suite
Say that I was low
In my own
On the way to

Oh, Basil!
We laid in a field of dandelion and after,
We listened

Missed my bus back from Boston
Made it to Connecticut before the sun went down below
Thomas danced in the crescent drunken beside the whisper wall
And then they sung us...
Track Name: Silhouette and Tiles
Left my home to grow into something greater than my own reasons
Seeds, like grown up cabins, forgot the rooms they hadn't built yet

Salamander room bloomed
California weaved her suede again
Seeing rooms empty, just passed through
While clear waves spun past silhouette and tile

And I wonder who will live here when we sail away
I met a girl in Santa Cruz who told me that I had a striking name

But the coast told us that it was time to go
Then to ramble on and reprise our theme
Chirping pinewoods living back to us
Yellow peaches stoned and pivoting
Track Name: When We Got Here
We made it home with stars in our shoes
Parked our diastole round quarter past two...

And the fish that came and saw us
Said that it was about time

And I can see my own face
Everything is bigger than us!
Track Name: Reprise: Never Gonna Wander
I'm never gonna wander away

So you get mine
But it's hard to forget you from my mind
Why can't you stay?

Three times and taking it back
Steadily beside purple static noise

Soon to be lost in a tide
Called it Dream Funk
So instead they stayed