Danny and Bryan have been friends since The National and Menomena toured together in the early 2000s. Their paths crossed several times since then, most recently backstage at a festival, where Bryan showed Danny some severely damaged, synth-affected drumbeats he had recorded with his friend Dave, who was currently playing horns in David Byrne’s band. Shortly after, Pfarmers was born.
According to Seim, “The record is about a dream I had where I’m reluctantly accepting a fear of drowning by focusing on being reincarnated as a giant Gunnera plant, which thrive on the banks of rivers (specifically the Jordan River i.e. the Biblical promised land) after I paint myself gold and sink to the bottom like the El Dorado of South American folklore.”
Pfarmers is the new project from Danny Seim (Menomena, Lackthereof), Bryan Devendorf (The National), and Dave Nelson (David Byrne & St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens).
Gunnera, out May 12, 2015 on Jurassic Pop Records, will be available on a variety of formats including CD, Digital, Cassette (limited to 100), Black 12″ Vinyl, Green/Blue Color-in-Color 12″ Vinyl (limited to 200) and an Ultra Limited Collector’s Edition (limited to 50) that comes with a hand made Pfarmers themed seed bomb sculpture by Chicago artist Edward Cabral.
A seed bomb is compressed soil/clay/ceramics containing live vegetation. When left outside in a field or garden they will dissolve and grow. Edward Cabral has sculpted these functional seed bombs into unique gold-leafed art pieces resembling the folk art of El Dorado and filled with real Gunnera seeds.
All formats are available to pre-order from Jurassic Pop’s webstore: http://store.jurassicpoprecords.com