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    Watch the video for 'voyage au soleil' here: youtu.be/DjzVFvBAfm0

    Watch the video for 'tranquility base' here:
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    Numün is a trio of New York City soundscape designers who combine a wide range of music and visual influences to create hypnotic aural and visual experiences. The band members include “ambient country” pioneer Bob Holmes (from SUSS) as well as new music composer and artist, Joel Mellin, and percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Chris Romero (both from Gamelan Dharma Swara). Their influences range from sonic artists like Brian Eno and Morton Subotnick, to the environmental visual artists Olafur Eliason and Elias Romero, to Balinese composer I Nyoman Windha and shadow puppet master I Wayan Wija. As individual artists, their work has been seen and heard at MOMA, The Met, Basilica Hudson, The Bali Arts Festival, NPR, New Sounds, Echoes, and has been featured in Mojo, Wire, Pitchfork and Aquarium Drunkard.

    Numün’s first album, “voyage au soleil”, will be released on Musique Impossible in Fall 2020. The original sessions came out of a project to commemorate the 50th anniversary of man’s first landing on the moon. The initial track, “Tranquility Base” was featured on... more
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    released September 4, 2020

    Bob Holmes bass, guitar, harpsichord, synths, violin static

    Joel Mellin piano, organ, guitar, gongs, gender wayang, theremin, bass, synths, assorted percussion

    Christopher Romero dholak, cümbüş

    w/guest Trina Basu: violin

    all compositions by Holmes/Mellin/Romero High-Lonesome Music (BMI) / Musique Impossible (BMI) / Manyplace Music Publishing (BMI)

    ©℗ 2020 numün / Musique Impossible All Rights Reserved.

    “Tranquility Base” originally appeared on ‘The Moon and Back - One Small Step for Global Pop’ WIAIWYA, London - Thanks, John Jervis!

    Album Design by Joel Mellin
    www.joelmellin.com

    Produced by Joel Mellin w/Bob Holmes

    Recorded, Engineered, and Mixed by Joel Mellin
    Musique Impossible Studios, Ridgewood, Queens, NY

    Mastered by Pete Weiss Verdant Studios, Athens, VT

    www.numunband.com

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"There are two things that I really like about this song. The first is that it reminds me of a child’s pop-up book, in that in starts off very flat, and then in the middle you turn a page and a beautiful 3D landscape pops up right in front of your eyes, seemingly out of nowhere. Second, the song has this beautiful coda with the fretless banjo that reminds me of the end of Buffalo Springfield’s “Bluebird” and like that song, a completely psychedelic song turns into a peaceful interlude when you least expect it." - Bob Holmes

"The çumbuiz is a very interesting instrument I came across at the Music Inn store in NYC. I had been interested in finding a twelve string instrument for some time but hadn't found quite the right thing (although the Veilette Gryphon came close). I have played fretless guitar off and on for many years, so when I found this çumbuz hanging from the ceiling I was immediately interested. It sports a body with twice the depth of a standard banjo so has a deeper tone, and has a system for replacing the neck by loosening a wing nut! The melody that comes in at 3:40 is the very first one I came up with on the instrument, I'm so glad to hear it here in the midst of the travel epic that is First Steps. I find this piece dramatic and like many of the numun pieces it travels a lot of ground -- it does not end up where it started. "--Chirstopher Romero

Somewhere between Beck's 'Morning Phase' and Anton Newcombe, 'voyage au soleil' is a mission that only goes in one direction - forward.

Numün is a trio of New York City soundscape designers who combine a wide range of music and visual influences to create hypnotic aural and visual experiences. The band members include “ambient country” pioneer Bob Holmes (from SUSS) as well as new music composer and artist, Joel Mellin, and percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Chris Romero (both from Gamelan Dharma Swara). Their influences range from sonic artists like Brian Eno and Morton Sobotnick, to the environmental visual artists Olafur Eliason and Elias Romero, to Balinese composer I Nyoman Windha and shadow puppet master I Wayan Wija. As individual artists, their work has been seen and heard at MOMA, The Met, Basilica Hudson, The Bali Arts Festival, NPR, New Sounds, Echoes, and has been featured in Mojo, Wire, Pitchfork and Aquarium Drunkard

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from voyage au soleil, released September 4, 2020
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