Quirky instrumental act Shibboleth hasn't released any new music in the four years since their 2008 album Experiment In Error. Chalk it up to the trio's work in other acts. Keyboardist Rich Martin plays with Salim Nourallah and John Singer Sergeant, and guitarist Don Cento, who recently moved to Austin, has shifted his focus to his pop-punk act, El Cento.
Today the group quietly released new music. However, the only way to get it is to purchase the Mr. Toast iPhone app from the iTunes Store. The game, in which Mr. Toast (a piece of toast with legs and arms) walks along a pathway collecting points and dodging obstacles, features three songs from Shibboleth.
Each song is featured in a different scenario. The suburban level is a typical walk-in-the-park Shibboleth tune, and the country level has a bit of twang added in. The urban level, well, I haven't gotten there yet, but I imagine it's heavy on rhythm. This isn't the first time Shibboleth has worked with Mr. Toast creator Dan Goodsell.
"Dan Goodsell, who developed Mr. Toast, used a clip of some music years ago and sent us little Mr. Toast dolls in exchange," says Martin.
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The band is writing more music to accompany these three songs on a forthcoming EP. In the meantime, the game only costs 99 cents, kind of a steal for three songs.