Former Screaming Trees, Mad Season, Tuatara drummer Barrett Martin will release new music for the first time in two years when the newly formed Barrett Martin Group releases the first entry in the "Atlas Series," Atlas: Latitudes on June 21.
Latitudes was co-produced by Martin's longtime friend Jack Endino, the famed Seattle producer perhaps best known for helming Nirvana's SubPop debut Bleach. Fans of Martin's work with Tuatara and his three solo albums will recognize some names in BMG: Dave Carter (trumpet) and Joe Doria (piano, keyboards) have both worked with Martin. Carter also released an acclaimed solo album, Commitment and Change on Martin's label. In addition to Martin, Carter, and Doria, BMG includes bassist Kevin Hudson, guitarist Paul Fischer, and Ben Thomas on vibraphone and marimba. Another longtime friend of Martin, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, also makes a cameo on the record, adding acoustic guitar to "Temples Bells" and "Blue Sunrise."
The title of the record and its forthcoming companion release Atlas: Longitudes both have geographic themes and they also have seasonal ones as well; Latitudes will be released on the first day of summer (June 21) while Longitudes is expected on the first day of winter (December 21).