Actor and musician Caleb Landry Jones releases a new single, “I Dig Your Dog,” from his forthcoming album, The Mother Stone, out May 1st on Sacred Bones. It follows lead single “Flag Day / The Mother Stone” and “All I Am in You / The Big Worm. Throughout “I Dig Your Dog,” Jones’ voice is animated and compelling as he describes abstract scenes: “a fire waiting, the rolling rock from heavens head // swift and hollow, a shattered past // a cream so sour // and the family’s stacked // I’m hip to walking, I dig your dog.” The track shifts with theatrical instrumentation – swelling strings, colorful brass, and building percussion.
“Everybody digs their dog most,” says Jones. “We made the intro around what we had in the studio that screamed. The little conganitas got things moving. I remember really looking forward to tracking the part, just after but not before the next to last. It’s always been my favorite part, it’s always been my favorite part, it’s always been my favorite part to play.”
The Mother Stone is shaped by the marks left by Jones’ formative encounters with the Beatles’ White Album and Syd Barrett’s solo work. It’s built from abrupt detours and schizoid shifts of voice – a parade led by multiple unreliable narrators who rail against the universe.
The Mother Stone was recorded at Valentine Recording Studios with producer Nic Jodoin. Working in a real studio for the first time gave Jones a chance to finally slow his creative process down. He used his collection of battered Yamahas and Casios alongside vintage equipment from Jodoin’s collection. The resulting The Mother Stone, the first glimpse into the barn, flits from the grand to the obscure, bringing together wholly contrasting worlds of sound and color.