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Indie instrument innovators Buke & Gase reinvent themselves in advance of long-awaited third LP


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Named after their signature homemade instruments—the buke, a six-string baritone ukulele, and the gase, a guitar-bass hybrid—Buke & Gase blend quirky indie rock, off-kilter time signatures, and the powerful voice of singer Arone Dyer to create a truly unique sound. The New York-based two-piece have been relatively silent since releasing their 2013 LP General Dome on Brassland. But on the heels of a 2017 EP, Arone vs. Aron, and three new singles (which trend poppier than their previous work while staying progressive), Dyer and partner Aron Sanchez are touring the States in advance of a new full-length, Scholars, on the way in January. The two have spent the time off reinventing their group: crafting new sounds and ways to implement them, distancing themselves from their namesake instruments, and adding electronics and different ways to trigger percussion and harmonize vocals. If their latest single, “Derby,” is any indication, fans are in for a treat. The two-and-a-half-minute tune channels the band’s inner St. Vincent, with Dyer layering a polyrhythmic refrain over a 4/4 pop beat, a deep synth groove, and funky horn stabs. A live performance from Dyer and Sanchez—the latter of whom has designed instruments for Blue Man Group and the National’s Bryce Dessner—is always captivating, and it will be exciting to hear where they’re heading next.   v

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