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Ben Allison Releases “The Stars Look Very Different Today”

Ben Allison: The Stars Look Very Different TodayBen Allison has a new atmospheric album out, The Stars Look Very Different Today. Taking its name from David Bowie’s lyrics to “Space Oddity,” the bassist’s eleventh album as a leader brings together his lifelong love of space, technology and film. Allison used the record as a medium to explore musical textures that tie the three together. The result offers up a sci-fi vibe influenced by the late ‘60s pop culture including Bowie’s song and movies like “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

“The band has, I guess you could say, a decidedly rock feel, but there’s all these other sounds coming out of these guys these days: lots of kind of sci-fi sounds, which is what was happening on the scene at that time,” Allison tells NPR. “Electronics really hit the music scene, and it was a big influence on me, coming up as a young musician.”

The band is filled out by guitarist Steve Cardenas, drummer Allison Miller and guitarist/banjo player Brandon Seabrook.

Besides writing and arranging all the music, Allison also produced and mixed all of the tracks, which include five brand new songs, two re-imagined earlier pieces, and a completely improvised guitar/bass track.

The Stars Look Very Different Today is out now on CD and digital formats (iTunes and Amazon MP3).

The Stars Look Very Different Today Track List:

  1. D.A.V.E.
  2. Dr. Zalus
  3. The Ballad of Joe Buck
  4. Neutron Star
  5. No Other Side
  6. Kick It, Man
  7. Swiss Cheese D
  8. Improvisus