Now Vs Now is a progressive live-electronic future-wave trio led by composer and synth wizard, Jason Lindner.
"The three of us in Now Vs Now are futurists and conscious thinkers," says Lindner about his bandmates bassist Pagaiotis Andreou and drummer Justin Tyson. "We share a common feeling of artistic activism and debate often about the future of things — the planet, technology, their effects on society and humanity, and where we’re headed as a species. 'The Buffering Cocoon' is an album about such things.”
Now Vs Now's third album, The Buffering Cocoon (scheduled for release in September, 2018), is in many ways the culmination of Lindner's career to date, which has been marked by a succession of bold collaborations and sonic explorations. Hailed by Chick Corea as a “musical universe “ and described by Tony Visconti as a “godsend” on David Bowie’s Blackstar, Lindner performs with the Ethiopian Jazz creator Mulatu Astatke, and has collaborated with Angelique Kidjo’s Talking Heads Remain in Light project, is a member of the Donny McCaslin Group, and leads the electronic music collective, Oscillations.
The new album contains the project's most ambitious compositions to date. Named in honor of a dear, departed friend who described the music as “a buffering cocoon,” the album is a warm collection of futuristic, electronic music tinged with jazz, funk and soul, the record embodies vaporwave ("Accelerating Returns"), analog synth-pop (the percolating "Cloud Fishing”), modern electro-R&B ("The Scarecrow”) and apocalyptic proto-new wave (the devestating "400 PPM”).
The New York Times declared Now Vs Now's previous release, 'Earth Analog,' to be “a manifesto in the form of an album.” The band's self-titled debut was co-produced by Meshell Ndegeocello (when Jason was her keyboardist) and mixed by hip hop pioneer Bob Power (ATCQ).
“Will this alien music make you want to dance? Absolutely, but be warned: once you step into the group's intoxicating, alternate universe, you may find it hard to leave.” – NPR Music
"Jason was a godsend. Jason's synthesizer didn't have a computer with souped-up programs like Omnisphere on it, he would just do it with guitar pedals, making all the sounds unique..." - Tony Visconti for Rolling Stone
“Rhythm provides more than a heartbeat for Jason Lindner. It also seems to fuel his respiratory functions and digestive activity, and maybe his neurons...What matters to him is groove, however it comes.” - The New York Times