NOUS new record, NOUS II, is out December 6 via Our Silent Canvas records. Get stoked on their single from the album, “Uthando.”
Nous is an experimental music project with a fluctuating group of artists exploring ritual and spontaneity within music. NOUS II features the same lineup as the debut: multi-instrumentalists Christopher Bono (keyboards/electronics/percussion/vocals), Greg Fox(drums/percussion/electronics), Thor Harris (drums/percussion), Shahzad Ismaily(electronics/guitar/bass), and Grey Mcmurray (guitar), along with special guests.
On this album, NOUS founder and curator Christopher Bono takes the project and the musicians on a deeper dive into the post-rock and ambient genres. The project maintains the spirit of spontaneity, but the musical experiments are conducted within a framework of more melodic exploration alongside cellular motif and groove oriented experiments.
Woodstock, NY label Our Silent Canvas is preparing to release the second of three albums culled from sessions the group recorded in an intensive, seven-day immersion at legendary Dreamland Studios with producer Kevin McMahon (Swans, Titus Andronicus, Real Estate).
Each recording and performance will center around a different focal concept, always seeking alternative ways of creating art. The name NOUS was chosen for its double meaning. ‘Nous’ in the French language is the plural personal pronoun in the first person, meaning ‘we’ or ‘us’. However, within the philosophical tradition, it is a word, sometimes equated to intellect or intelligence, used to describe the faculty of the human mind, which is described in classical philosophy as necessary for understanding what is true or real, similar in meaning to intuition.