Actor and musician Caleb Landry Jones will release ‘The Mother Stone’, his sprawling and psychedelic debut album, on May 1st via Sacred Bones. Today, he shares its second single, “All I Am in You / The Big Worm.”
The new track follows the “colorful, carnivalesque energy” (Cool Hunting) of lead single “Flag Day / The Mother Stone.” “All I Am in You / The Big Worm” begins with low and muscular vocals, brightening as the instrumentation morphs with vivid synth, brass, percussion, and keys. Caleb comments on the idea behind the track, saying: “The beat was inspired by Dale Hawkins’ Susie-Q. The first time I’d heard that pattern before.”
‘The Mother Stone’ is brilliantly ostentatious and psychedelic, built from abrupt detours and schizoid shifts of voice. Shaped by the influence of Jones’ formative encounters with the Beatles’ White Album and Syd Barrett’s solo work, it’s a parade led by multiple unhinged narrators who rail against the universe, profess their love and vacate the stage before we can ask them a question.
Born in Garland, TX, Jones has been writing and recording music since age 16, around the same time he started acting professionally (Get Out, Stonewall, X Men: First Class, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Twin Peaks, The Florida Project, Friday Night Lights, etc). He played in a band called Robert Jones briefly, but it was following a breakup that the songs really started coming hard and fast. In the ensuing years he’d spend a lot of time carrying unrecorded songs around in his head, waiting for a chance to record them in marathon sessions in his parents’ barn. “I started writing record after record after record after record, because I didn’t know what to do with myself,” says Jones. “It was a good way of healing. And it felt like as soon as I started doing it, it felt like it needed to happen all the time.” Sometimes the ideas fused together, one chapter to the next; this is how songs grew into seven-plus-minute epics like the ones on ‘The Mother Stone’. His back catalogue is around seven hundred songs deep— a whole discography of full albums, most of them unheard outside the barn, at least for now, thanks to a pivotal meeting with Jim Jarmusch, who introduced Jones to Sacred Bones.
Soon after coming together with Sacred Bones, Jones ventured to Valentine Recording Studios, where everyone from Bing Crosby to Frank Zappa once logged time, to record with producer Nic Jodoin. Jones brought his collection of battered Yamahas and Casios up from the barn and played them alongside vintage equipment from Jodoin’s collection. Working in a real studio for the first time gave Jones a chance to finally slow his creative process down. They built the songs up from acoustic guitar, let them sit a while, circled back.
So here Sacred Bones present the first glimpse into the barn; a collection of fifteen songs that shoot into outer space and back again, flitting from the grand to the obscure. Bringing together wholly contrasting worlds of sound and colour, Caleb Landry Jones journeys through a kaleidoscopic world of his own creation – full of imagination, inspiration, drama and emotion. It makes for a thrilling and exhilarating ride.
‘The Mother Stone’ will be released on May 1st via Sacred Bones. Pre-order here.
‘The Mother Stone’ track list:
Flag Day / The Mother Stone (YouTube)
You’re So Wonderfull
I Dig Your Dog
All I Am in You / The Big Worm
No Where’s Where Nothing’s Died
Licking The Days
For The Longest Time
The Hodge-Podge Porridge Poke
I Want to Love You
The Great I Am
No Where’s Where Nothing’s Died (A Marvelous Pain)