The album includes bassist Tim Lefebvre, drummer Mark Guiliana and pianist Jason Lindner, three musicians that also joined McCaslin on Blackstar. “David Bowie was a visionary artist whose generosity, creative spirit, and fearlessness will stay with me the rest of my days,” McCaslin said in a statement. “Beyond Now is dedicated to him and to all who loved him.”
Beyond Now features a pair of Bowie covers, Outside‘s “A Small Plot of Land” as well as Low‘s “Warszawa,” which McCaslin’s band began playing in concert soon after Bowie’s death.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, McCaslin said, “The title track ‘Beyond Now’ is directly inspired by a song of David’s that we recorded during the Blackstar sessions, but that didn’t make the final record. All the originals were written last summer – before he passed away, but while the Blackstar recordings were still really fresh. Songs of his were just kind of running through my unconscious. That was part of it.”
The rest of Beyond Now is split between original compositions and covers like Mutemath’s “Remain” and Deadmau5’s “Coelacanth I” as well as a track by the Chainsmokers.
Beyond Now, out October 14th, is available to preorder now.