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"Take a (legal) ride to the land inside of your mind - Very Short List 1.29.08"

"The purpose of music, Anthony Burgess wrote, is to promote “ecstatic consciousness” — which we think was the Clockwork Orange author’s way of saying that it takes your brain to a place it can’t get to on its own. While some songs achieve this effect with a barrage of instruments and electronic trickery, today’s selection demonstrates that music can also get you into a totally different head space using an absolute minimum of resources.
The four songs on Walled Gardens, the mini-album by itsnotyouitsme (sorry, that’s their name and how they spell it), are the definition of understatement: no lyrics, and only a handful of instruments and musical themes, repeated over and over for seven or eight minutes at a time. Yet the overall effect is lush and evocative and somehow humane rather than tedious or annoying or dystopian, as if all the sensory distractions were removed from your perception one by one until only the sound of your own mind remained. In any case, it sure beats being subjected, Clockwork Orange–style, to random tortures to the soundtrack of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony." - n/a

"Album Review - Time Out New York/Issue 640: Jan 3–9, 2008"

"On Walled Gardens, the debut EP by itsnotyouitsme, [Caleb Burhans] teams with erstwhile Jerseyband guitarist Grey McMurray to spin blissful post-rock reveries that suggest meaningful acquaintance with the work of Robert Fripp, Sigur Rós and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. It’s gently mesmerizing stuff regardless of category—and who cares about that except for editors and former record-store clerks, anyway?" - Steve Smith

"Best Classical CDs of '08: holiday gift guide - The New York Times 11.27.08"

"Reasonable listeners may disagree as to whether the ambient, post-minimalist music produced by the duo itsnotyouitsme — Caleb Burhans, violinist, and Grey Mcmurray, guitarist — is chamber music or rock. But that’s beside the point: these musicians live in both worlds, and their instrumental meditations are structurally fascinating and at times meltingly beautiful."
- Allan Kozinn


walled gardens - 2008
fallen monuments - 2009

all of walled gardens has streaming and radio airplay all over the earth

one of the top ten records played on wnyc in 2008



Caleb Burhans and Grey Mcmurray started itsnotyouitsme in harlem in 2003. Caleb and Grey individually, have performed or recorded with Matmos, Arcade Fire, Gil-Scott Heron, Sigur Ros, Bruce Springsteen, Johan Johannsson and Steve Reich among others. Our initial goal with itsnotyouitsme was to mimic our 8-piece band from college in a compact form. itsnotyouitsme is a small band that make big music with electric guitar, violin, casio sk1, voice and a few looping pedals. The New York Times described our debut, walled gardens, as "meltingly beautiful." It was also listed in the New York Times's Best Classical CDs of 2008. itsnotyouitsme is an everymusic duo. The music that we love is hopelessly emotionally-available. Calling ourselves everymusic is a statement of our parallel intent. Most of the time, patience and repetition are a part of everymusic, though not always. god speed you! black emperor, Arvo Pärt, Richard Manuel, David Bazan, Al Green and Sigur Rós, among many others, are our inspirations. With 4 hands, we try to make the music of many hands; an invisible community with eyes in the sky, death in our heads, and hope for the best.