Almost 10 years since Minutemen’s Mike Watt and Tera Melos’ Nick Reinhart had the creative spark to begin recording together, the pair’s vision has finally come to fruition in the form of Big Walnuts Yonder’s self-titled debut, out this May. The band — a medley of Watt, Reinhart, Wilco guitarist Nels Cline and Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier — has shared its second single “Sponge Bath” today in all its dark, enveloping glory.
Grooving with guitar distortion, “Sponge Bath” is a more conventional indie track than last month’s “Raise The Drawbridge,” which introduced us to the psychedelic, genre-bending music Big Walnuts Yonder had created. The album found the members utilizing unconventional methods to stay in touch due to their busy schedules. According to a press release, Reinhart and Watt would send files of riffs back and forth while formulating song structures, yet the recordings remain warm and present, melting the individual aspects into a trippy pool that’s a testament to the group’s skilled collaboration.
Listen to the track via Stereogum.
Big Walnuts Yonder is out 5/5 via Sargent House.