Simply astonishing. A decade of life, good and bad, and this band has lost no creative fire. A beautifully baroque re-imagining of Metavari's debut release, with the added heft of being a tribute to original bassist Ty Brinneman who's dealing with serious health issues. This is worth your time, your money, and hard drive space in your brain.
All proceeds/donations above cost go directly to Ty and his family.
Perfect bound book containing the original Rapa Nui photographs from Be One of Us, experimental photography by Anni Roenkae and Amber Lamoreaux for Soft Continuum, and liner notes comparing the 2009 vs. 2019 records.
Soft Continuum is the 10th anniversary edition of 2009's Be One of Us and Hear No Noise. This is an exercise in rediscovery; a 26-minute reinterpretation of the original recordings. Minimally composed, but proudly featuring every member who has ever been involved in the project.
Amidst the insanity of life and Ty Brinneman's (founding member, bassist) diagnosis with pleural mesothelioma, he and Nathaniel David Utesch were able to write more than half of the record together for the first time since 2015. Experimentation in the recording process utilizes MIDI Bass software to perform hardware synthesizers in real time in addition to typical bass guitar tracking.
This record is for Ty Brinneman. "Despite distance and season." All proceeds/donations above cost go to Ty and his family. For more information about Ty's cancer treatment and how you can help, visit www.gofundme.com/f/ty-brinneman-cancer-treatment
Produced by Nathaniel David Utesch. Recorded at Resnick’s Studio Mannequins, Fort Wayne, IN. Collaborator recordings captured in Fort Wayne, IN, Lansing, MI, and New York, NY.
released December 11, 2019
Credits (in order of appearance):
Nathaniel David Utesch:
keys and electronics on 01-10, piano on 04, 09
MIDI bass and electronics on 01, 02, 05, 06, electric bass on 08-10
drum arrangements on 01
electric guitar on 02 (sampled from the original recordings), 05, 06
vocals on 03 (sampled from the original recordings), harp on 10 (sampled from the original recordings)
acoustic guitar on 04
acoustic guitar on 08 (recorded for MIDI sequencing)
“The Story” on 09 (sampled from the original recordings)
keys and electronics on 10
Voice recordings on 01 performed by Matthew, Joanna, Emma, Kate, Raveena, Aditi, Céline, Hans, Lotte, Astrid, Karl, Dóra, Tatyana, and Filiz at NaturalSoft Ltd.
Air traffic control samples on 10 courtesy of Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center, February 24, 2018. UFO sightings between the Sonoran Desert National Monument and the New Mexico border.
Be One of Us photography: Paola Suprani and Antonio Pisano, courtesy of Daniel Pisano
Soft Continuum photography: Amber Lamoreaux, Anni Roenkae, Tom Swinnen
Cover photograph: Amber Lamoreaux