Featuring nearly 30 musicians, including the inimitable DM Stith (a solo artist and member of Sufjan Stevens' band), Mike Watt of Minutemen, and two-thirds of local punkish act Rare Grooves (formerly Widow Babies), the album has rightly been dubbed Psychic Temple.
The holy mind-meld is, of course, written and directed by Schlarb, who's also part of the jazz duo I Heart Lung and runs the upstart imprint Sounds Are Active. The record was apparently over two years and, more specifically, 1000 hours in the making. And it sounds like this:
"Inspired by the rhythmic pulse of microhouse, and the melodic vocabulary of jazz and folk music, Psychic Temple is a deeply considered meditation on beauty."
We think the free song below sounds something like Broken Social Scene meets Jaga Jazzist. And we think that's a very, very good thing. What do you think?
"I Can Live Forever if I Slowly Die" features Stith on vocals, plus Rare Grooves guitarist Danny Miller and a whole bunch of other talented peoples.
Psychic Temple is out digitally on November 23.
Schlarb has created a Kickstarter page to raise enough money to do a limited deluxe vinyl run. Top tier donations will earn you or your band a Schlarb-produced next album ($1500), or an at-home concert anywhere in the United States ($2500).
Says Schlarb (via Kickstarter):
"I composed, recorded and produced Psychic Temple in between truck driving, being a plumber's assistant, composing for short films, high school music teaching, and being a husband to my wife ... and father to my beautiful children."
So help him out, yeah?