Darcy James Argue's Secret Society's BROOKLYN BABYLON Out Today

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society's BROOKLYN BABYLON Out Today

Brooklyn-based composer-bandleader Darcy James Argue and his innovative 18-piece big band Secret Society today release their highly anticipated sophomore album Brooklyn Babylon on New Amsterdam Records. The ensemble will celebrate the release with performances in Boston, Washington DC, and Holland; Argue will also join the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra on their 10th Anniversary tour throughout Australia as well as the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos in Portugal. (All tour dates below.)

Brooklyn Babylon was conceived in collaboration with Croatian-born visual artist Danijel Zezelj, whose narrative inspired Argue's mash-up of musical styles: progressive jazz, early-American popular styles, Balkan folk musics, and the sounds of Brooklyn's diverse contemporary music scene (including LCD Soundsystem, Dirty Projectors and more).

Zezelj's artwork places the action in a larger-than-life, mythic Brooklyn, where past, present, and future coexist. Plans are afoot to construct an immense tower - the tallest in the world - right in the heart of the city. Lev Bezdomni, a master carpenter, finds himself torn between his personal ambition and his allegiance to the community when he is commissioned to build the carousel that will crown it.

The album was featured as part of NPR's First Listen series last week, and has also received praise from The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, WNYC and more.

A forthcoming limited-edition hardcover graphic novel by Zezelj, entitled Babilon, will be available in conjunction with the release.

Brooklyn Babylon purchase links: Available via Amazon HERE. Available via Bandcamp HERE. Available via eMusic HERE. Available via iTunes HERE.

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society live:

May 03 Regattabar - Boston, MA (LINK)