Sun of Goldfinger (Congratulations to You) by David Torn / Tim Berne / Ches Smith, BandCamp, 2020 on #neuguitars #blog

Dear friends

Covid-19 is dangerously impacting the social-economic category of musicians. No concerts, poor political and social consideration, uncertain earnings. As a consequence, an ever-growing number of musicians, especially those from the experimental area, are trying to promote their music on BandCamp in digital format only. It is increasingly difficult for me to follow and review this incredible flow of music. I therefore decided to open this section on my blog Neuguitars where I propose music in digital format that I consider particularly interesting and worthy of attention. I hope you like it. Let’s support musicians. They need it.

Andrea Aguzzi

Sun of Goldfinger (Congratulations to You) by David Torn / Tim Berne / Ches Smith, BandCamp, 2020 on #neuguitars #blog

“Their play is their work, and their work is their life. Sun of Goldfinger is a giant leap forward in artistic integrity and will supply you with plenty of crazy and/or pretty sounds along the way” – John Garratt, PopMatters

Sun of Goldfinger first performed together on December 16th 2010 in Brooklyn, New York.
Tim had suggested to David that they do a gig with Ches and the resulting music was fortuitously captured by engineer Joe Branciforte, reflecting the depth and power of the band’s sonics.

At the time David was working as a film composer in Los Angeles so Tim and he hadn’t really done much live playing since the acclaimed Prezens group had suspended live performances. Meanwhile Ches and Tim had recently begun working together in Tim’s Snakeoil band, in an association that has now spanned 12 years and counting.

The music on “Congratulations to You” comes mainly from that very first concert, with additional material culled from other sources including a performance at the famed Vortex Club in London “on the night Sun of Goldfinger became a band”, as David has said.

P.S. don’t miss the added bonuses of Tim’s now extinct Baritone, Torn’s extraordinary live saxophone samplings, and some of Ches’ earliest dabblings in electronics….


released July 3, 2020

DAVID TORN Guitars,loops,live sampling
TIM BERNE Alto and Baritone saxophones
CHES SMITH Drums and Electronics

Bat Tears recorded in Brooklyn by Joe Branciforte and Daniel Goodwin(last 5 minutes)
Coco Tangle(Brooklyn) by Joe Branciforte
Congratulations To You by Unknown Entity(London)
Mixed and mastered by David Torn
Thanks Joe!
Thanks Daniel!