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Albums Of The Week: Sleepytime Gorilla Museum | Of The Last Human Being

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “After 13 years of hibernation, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, the most gloriously uncategorizable American band in existence, have emerged from stasis with their fourth studio album, Of The Last Human Being.

Comprised of multi-instrumentalists and rotating vocalists Nils Frykdahl, Carla Kihlstedt, Michael “Iago” Mellender, Matthias Bossi and Dan Rathbun, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum play an arsenal of instruments ranging from the somewhat standard (drums, electric guitars, bass, electric violin) to the rare (bass harmonica, nyckelharpa, marxophone) to the homemade (slide-piano log, electric pancreas, pedal-action wiggler).

They have consistently evaded easy categorization, garnering accolades from across the aisles of contemporary classical music, prog rock, industrial music, metal, avant-garde improv, and more. Their music, inturns bashing and bucolic, enveloping and unsettling, tends towards long-form epics interspersed with mysterious field recordings.

“As this slow-rolling planetwide anthropocene extinction event deepens, Sleepytime’s work has only grown more resonant, more prescient,” offers Mer Yayanos, current symposiarch and secretary of the museum’s longstanding social math club, The John Kane Society. “What better time for them to bring back the Apocalypse than right now,with a new full-length record that integratesthe past and the future?”