You would be forgiven for thinking The Desert Island Big Band were a 5 piece group from the southern states of the US, but this is not the case. Much like Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, Canada’s Stefan Jurewicz is the mastermind behind the project who has led the music of the Desert Island Big Band to be as stylistically diverse as his production catalog, while still retaining a distinct overarching identity.
New Release Monuments exemplifies this as Jurewicz meshes moody guitar tones with melodies that keep the ears engaged from start to finish, threading the line perfectly between accessibility, and credibility. In the alternative-rock track, The Desert Island Big Band also manage to bridge the gap between freedom of solitude, and the weight of isolation, by acknowledging that perspectives ebb and flow like the tide; that drowning and drying off can happen in the same place.
The artist says on the track:
“Monuments marks a period of intense self-reflection on a global scale, and is in itself a reflection on community. I used it as a social experiment of sorts to see what would happen if I gave the musicians I hired to play on it a high degree of creative control. It allowed me to separate myself from the track and enjoy it from a brand new vantage point, having personally contributed little more than three chords and a melody.”
Monuments will be accompanied by a stunning music video encompassing the final piece of the puzzle, a dark aesthetic visual to compliment the song. The track will be available on the 12th of October everywhere. The video will follow on the 19th of October.
Born in Ottawa, Canada, Stefan Jurewicz is a music producer and audio engineer by trade (Kick Me Records), having worked on over 150 releases over the course of his decade-long career. This, along with his own experience playing in bands such as Onionface, All Day Breakfast and Siberian Breaks (to name a few), has led the music of the Desert Island Big Band to be as stylistically diverse as his production catalog, while still retaining a distinct overarching identity.
The Desert Island Big Band began as a lesson in vulnerability; a way to push personal boundaries. As it progressed a narrative emerged, the “Lemon Trilogy”. This trilogy later inspired Jurewicz’s first novel, “Lemon,” published in early 2022.