Guitar Player presents an exclusive premiere of "At The Crossroads," the latest track to be released from Tuatara's upcoming album, Underworld.
This track features a guest appearance by Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, and Underworld also features guest spots by REM's Peter Buck, Gnarls Barkley bassist Cedric LeMoyne, and DJ Megman.
Tuatara founder Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Walking Papers) oversees a revolving cast of players for the instrumental band—which is one reason the group has released seven albums in its 18-year existence. Some albums took six years to complete (as was the case with Underworld), while others appeared in just six months.
"Tuatara is more of a musical idea than a consistently working band," says Martin, "even though the same musicians always show up when it’s time to make a new record."
Formed in 1996 in a Seattle recording studio, Tuatara's original "lineup" included Peter Buck (REM), Justin Harwood (Luna), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), and jazz saxophonist Skerik.
"The music sounded like a film that had never been made," says Martin.
Since then, Tuatara's guest lineup has evolved to include players such as DJ
Logic, DJ Spooky, Michael Franti, Mark Eitzel, John Wesley Harding, Gary
Louris and Mark Olson of the Jayhawks, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, Scott
McCaughey, Victoria Williams, Jessy Greene, and renowned Sufi poet
Underworld, which will be released August 5 on Martin's Sunyata Records label, presents "electronic moods, slinky, urban beats,
hypnotic bass and guitar, and shimmering lines of vibraphone, marimba,
and bronze gamelans."