San Francisco’s Ray’s Vast Basements new release, Starvation Under Orange Trees, may be the best little album to hit my mailbox this week. Actually, no, upon further absorption it is the best album I have received this week. M. Ward vocal comparisons aside, the Jon Bernson conceived project got its start when the Actors Theater of San Fransisco brought Bernson on board to compose music for Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men.
After the theatrical run of the play ended, Bernson and company hit the studio to lay the tracks down on tape, hence the album Starvation Under Orange Trees. Look for a July release via Howell’s Tranmitter records.