The Pineapple Thief to Release The Soord Sessions 1-4

The complete sessions from frontman Bruce Soord’s acoustic live performances streamed during lockdown

The Deluxe 4 disc hardback book edition will be released 16 April.

Over the last half-decade, The Pineapple Thief, led by Bruce Soord and bolstered by the involvement of master drummer Gavin Harrison, has rapidly ascended to the upper echelons of Europe’s Alternative Rock scene.

To acclaim from the worldwide media and fans, September 2020 saw the release of Versions Of The Truth, the latest instalment in the band’s discography. This was due to be followed, almost immediately, by an extensive live campaign which sadly due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation has been postponed until 2021.

 Bruce Soord, not wanting to disappoint fans, announced he would perform a solo acoustic live streamed performance of songs from across The Pineapple Thief’s illustrious catalogue. Due to the success of the initial performance, 1 session turned into 4 across the summer. 

Bruce Soord explains “Back in the spring of 2020 I decided to perform a live acoustic show from my attic studio. I figured I could set up something with a bit more production than just a face peering down a mobile phone. I created a little haven of guitars, pedals, loopers, microphones and webcams and mixed them all together ready to send out to the world.”

Bruce Soord had never streamed a live show before and most of the songs he had never performed solo before – some he had never performed at all.

“I played my first show, diving head first into the unknown and I soon learned how many people had enjoyed it and that resulted in another 3 sessions over the following weeks, playing songs from the 20 years I had been writing with The Pineapple Thief and more recently my solo work.

The Soord Sessions Volumes1-4 will be released as a deluxe 4 CD hardback book edition. With the 4 CDs covering 36 tracks from The Pineapple Thief discography & Bruce Soord’s solo albums. The 48-page book features an extended foreword and notes on each session by Bruce Soord plus previously unseen photos from the attic studio and images from the live streams along with technical and personal information on the equipment used.

DISC 1 (Soord session 1 – acoustic)   
1. Intro [00:47]   
2. Shoot First [05:03]   
3. Willow Tree [05:59]   
4. Part Zero [08:30]   
5. No Man`s Land [06:44]  
6. Snowdrops [07:22]   
7. The Final Thing On My Mind [14:26]

DISC 2 (Soord session 2 – acoustic) 
1. Intro [00:46] 
2. Magnolia [05:04] 
3. My Debt To You [06:21] 
4. Alone At Sea [08:25] 
5. Clapham  [06:19] 
6. Cut The Flowers  [08:06]
7. Shed A Light ([08:23] 
8. White Mist [13:03] 
9. White Mist [13:11]

DISC 3 (Soord session 3 – acoustic) 
1. Intro  [00:41] 
2. All The Wars [04:48] 
3. Threatening War [07:37] 
4. Fend For Yourself [05:23] 
5. The One You Left To Die [06:14] 
6. Someone Here Is Missing  [04:14] 
7. Reaching Out  [10:06] 
8. A Loneliness [03:32] 
9. Remember Us [12:32] 
10. A Loneliness [03:20]

DISC 4 – (Soord session 4 – acoustic) 
1. Intro  [00:25] 
2. In Exile [05:04] 
3. Someone Pull Me Out  [04:33] 
4. Demons [07:51] WATCH VIDEO 
5. All This Will Be Yours [06:11] 
6. Last Man Standing [05:39] 
7. The Solitary Path Of A Convicted Man [03:51] 
8. Versions Of The Truth[06:17] 
9. Bond  [07:58] 
10. Barely Breathing [04:21] 

The Soord Sessions Volumes 1-4 will be released on Kscope on 16 April and is available to pre-order HERE(https://thepineapplethief.lnk.to/SoordSessions)

The Pineapple Thief will be supporting the release of The Versions Of The Truth live worldwide in 2021 & 2022, the dates having been rescheduled from 2020 and more are due to be announced. For details see www.thepineapplethief.com

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Writings By Drummer & Multi-instrumentalist Bill Rieflin in “Within Without”

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New Annual Publication “Within Without” Shares Intimate Writings From Bill Rieflin – Drummer & Multi-instrumentalist With Bands Such As R.E.M, King Crimson, and Ministry

This landmark issue of an independent annual print publication series that shares intimate perspectives into the hearts and minds of creatives unfolds over 90 pages of Bill Rieflin’s personal correspondence with the editor, Iona Singleton, as he shares his intimate thoughts during the last four years of his life, from 2016 until his passing on the 24th March 2020. His letters are beautiful, sarcastic, and disturbing. He imbues the mundane with the whimsical, searching for a deeper meaning amid his own illness and the death of his wife, Francesca.  

I think sharing is a natural aspect of human experience. Sharing who we are is an expression of love.” – Bill Rieflin

Rieflin’s writings are accompanied by images from an array of leading photographers and graphic artists. Each of them expresses their unique creative perspective on the theme ‘a space for change’ as a starting point for the distinct narratives that unfold throughout.

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photo by Tony Levin

To purchase: https://www.withinwithout.co.uk/shop/p/within-without-volume-i

For more information: www.withinwithout.co.uk

Japanese post-rock pioneers MONO set to release new live album

For two decades, MONO have defined and refined a kind of orchestral rock that is as emotional as it is experimental. Their 10 studio albums over those 20 years have established MONO as what Pitchfork described as “one of the most distinctive bands of the 21st Century.” Meanwhile, their live concerts are typically more subdued in instrumentation and more supercharged in volume and voltage. Rarely is there the opportunity to combine those two experiences. In their 20-year history as a band, MONO have presented no more than a half-dozen live concerts featuring the support of an orchestra. Such events are not only unusual they are also unforgettable.

Released on 19 March (Pelagic Records), Beyond the Past • Live in London with the Platinum Anniversary Orchestra documents MONO’s extraordinary performance from the Beyond the Past event that celebrated the band’s 20th anniversary, which took place at the historic Barbican Centre in London, England on December 14, 2019. 

For that once-in-a-life- time event, MONO selected a memorable lineup of old and new friends, including fellow Japanese underground icons, Boris and Envy, as well as French post-metal legends, Alcest, and UK collaborators A.A. Williams and Jo Quail. The event culminated with MONO performing with The Platinum Anniversary Orchestra, featuring National Youth String Orchestra to a rapt, sold out audience of 2,000.

Playing through a two-hour set that touches on the band’s entire history, the sheer euphoria and dynamic resonance that engulfed the massive crowd was captured in brilliant detail by MONO’s live sound engineer, Matt Cook. 

Listen to ‘Meet Us Where the Night Ends (Live in London)’ for a taster

Meticulously mastered by Bob Weston and presented in its entire two-hour glory, Beyond the Past is one of the most essential MONO recordings. Packaged in a triple gatefold with accompanying 40-page photo book, this is the rare document of an event that is an event in and of itself.

Pre-order now – https://bit.ly/monobeyondthepast

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LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT – Release video for first single

Album ‘LTE3’ due out March 26, 2021

Photo by Tony Levin

LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT, the legendary supergroup comprised of Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Sons of Apollo), John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), and Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel) recently announced their return with a new album titled ‘LTE3’, due to be released March 26, 2021 via InsideOutMusic, twenty-two years after the bands’ last studio album.

The band are pleased to share the first video from the album for the single “The Passage of Time.”  You can watch the video, created by Christian Rios, here:

 “’The Passage of Time’ was the very first song we composed together when we reunited this past summer. It was so exciting to be back in a room creating together again after so long (22 years for all 4 of us and over 10 years for the 3 of us since being together in DT).

This serves as a great first taste for the listeners as it combines so many of the musical elements that makes LTE unique”
Mike Portnoy

“This was the first song we worked on and when it was done, we all knew once again how amazing it was to be working together. We knew we were on to something and that this was going to be a really amazing album. Nothing about the passage of over two decades could’ve done anything to change that. To me this song truly reflects the collaborative songwriting efforts of all four of us.”
John Petrucci 

There is an undeniable chemistry that happens when the four of us are together.  Entering the studio and starting work on ‘The Passage of Time’ after 22 years literally gave me a whole new perspective on these important musical (and personal) relationships and the way time is so relative. We just jumped right in, it was like no time had passed at all, and we created a song that has so many of the elements that make LTE unique. Not a day has gone by since our last release when I wasn’t asked, “When is LTE getting back together again?” Now we can finally deliver, and I can’t wait for everybody to hear our creation.”
Jordan Rudess

“From the murky depths of the lockdown, LTE has re-emerged, galvanized, dripping with ideas, and taking no prisoners. ‘The Passage of Time’ is just the beginning.”
Tony Levin 

Pre-order has now started and the album will be available in the following formats:

Limited deluxe hot pink 3LP+2CD+Blu-ray Box Set (incl. a poster and 4 artcards, Blu-ray incl. a 5.1 surround mix with visuals, and full band interview from the studio)

Limited 2CD+Blu-ray Artbook

Limited 2CD Digipak

Gatefold black 2LP+CD

Digital album (2CD)

You can pre-order ‘LTE3’ now here: https://liquidtensionex.lnk.to/LTE3/

Tracklisting: 

1. Hypersonic (8:22)
2. Beating The Odds (6:09)
3. Liquid Evolution (3:23)
4. The Passage Of Time (7:32)
5. Chris & Kevin’s Amazing Odyssey (5:04)
6. Rhapsody In Blue (13:16)
7. Shades Of Hope (4:42)
8. Key To The Imagination (13:14) 

Bonus Disc: Includes almost an hour of improvised jams. 

Watch the recently released teaser trailer here: 

In 1997, Mike Portnoy, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, and Tony Levin, joined forces to create Liquid Tension Experiment. The foursome would release their iconic, self-titled debut album in 1998 and the dazzling follow-up, LTE2 in 1999, creating a dynamic, frantic, and inventive sound all their own. The incredible creativity between the collective would prompt Petrucci and Portnoy to invite Rudess to join Dream Theater, effectively marking the end of this side project.  However, since that time, there have been few reunions more in demand. Now, with the world in lockdown and calendars unexpectedly aligned, the inconceivable has finally happened… a new Liquid Tension Experiment album.

Ian Jones’ new project ILLUMINAE release debut album in February

Featuring special guests Steve Hackett (Genesis), John Helliwell (Supertramp), Troy Donockley (Nightwish), Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson), Luke Machin and Gonzalo Carrera.

Immrama Records and Gonzo MultiMedia announce the release of “Dark Horizons,” the debut album from ILLUMINAE, the brand-new project from Ian Jones (Karnataka, Chasing The Monsoon) and Agnieszka Swita (Caamora) on February 12.

The album features special guests Steve Hackett (Genesis), John Helliwell (Supertramp), Troy Donockley (Nightwish), Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson), Luke Machin (The Tangent) and Gonzalo Carrera. The album was mixed by Joe Gibb, highly regarded as a world class mix engineer and who has worked with many prestigious artists including Massive Attack, The Cure and Leftfield.

From dark, twisted symphonies to sweet lullabies, the collective writing talents of Ian Jones and Agnieszka Swita combine in their powerful new musical collaboration ILLUMINAE. Embracing symphonic, progressive and Celtic influences, bitter sweet melodies intertwine with lush harmonies to create a majestic towering cathedral of sound, songs which traverse the dividing line between darkness and light, life and death, solitude and hope. Shards of light piercing a subterranean labyrinth.

London based Welshman, Ian Jones, is a founder member, composer and multi-instrumentalist with British symphonic rock band Karnataka and Chasing The Monsoon. Karnataka have released several critically acclaimed and award-winning albums, including The Gathering Light and Secrets of Angels. Vocalist, pianist and composer Agnieszka Świta, hailing from Poland and living in London, released her self-penned debut solo album “Sleepless,” a modern symphonic rock album, to critical acclaim and has released several albums with Clive Nolan in their collaborative project Caamora.

TRACK LIST:
The Lighthouse
Blood On Your Hands
Edge of Darkness
Lullaby
Twice
Heretics and Prophecy
Sanctuary
Black Angel
Sign of Infinity
Dark Horizons

For press and distribution enquiries contact:
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Kayak announce new studio album ‘Out Of This World’

Legendary Dutch progressive rockers are pleased to announce they will return with their 18th studio album ‘Out Of This World’ on the 7 May 2021. Following the bands return in 2018 with a new line-up, new record label and first new album since 2014 in ‘Seventeen’, the band are excited to reveal its eagerly awaited successor.

Founding member Ton Scherpenzeel comments: “Many people seem to consider the past year as a lost year, due to Covid. I don’t. I am not saying it was great, but it made me realize, once more, how fragile we all are. How connected everything and everyone is, with actions and consequences that touch us all. And that, on a smaller scale, and much closer to home, the new Kayak album could only have turned out the way it did. More than ever, it is clear that working with each other on this level can never be taken for granted. It requires dedication, and respect for each other’s talents and input. That’s the foundation upon which Kayak in 2021 is built.”

Watch a short teaser for the new album here:

The first single from ‘Out of This World’ and the album pre-order will launch 19 February.

‘Out Of This World’, the band’s eighteenth studio album, with 15 new tracks, spanning 70 minutes of energetic and incredibly diverse material, though still very much recognizable as Kayak. It is clear that the new found energy has gained even more momentum since Hans Eijkenaar rejoined the group. Although they were forced to cancel all tours because Ton Scherpenzeel suffered a heart attack at the end of 2019, and immediately after that because of the Covid pandemic, we’re hearing a band that, since the demise of Pim Koopman in 2009, has not sounded more together, balanced and motivated. The current line-up of the band is:

Ton Scherpenzeel – Keyboards, lead and backing vocals
Bart Schwertmann – Lead and backing vocals
Marcel Singor – Guitar, lead and backing vocals
Kristoffer Gildenlöw – Bass, lead and backing vocals
Hans Eijkenaar- Drums 

Look out for more information on the bands 18th studio album ‘Out Of This World’ in the coming months 

KAYAK online

www.kayakonline.info
https://www.facebook.com/Kayak-209230952473801/
https://www.facebook.com/ton.scherpenzeel

INSIDEOUTMUSIC online:

www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.twitter.com/insideouteu

SomeWhereOut – new album Deep In The Old Forest out now!

SomeWhereOut’s new album Deep In The Old Forest was released on January 15, 2021.

Deep In The Old Forest is the second LP of the conceptual project conceived by the composer and guitarist from Málaga (Spain) Raúl Lupiañez.

After dealing with the stories of writer Isaac Asimov on his first 2019 album Eternity, Infinity, Raúl now delves into European folk tales. Going in depth into the themes of the lyrics through a mix of metal, progressive rock and post-rock, adding influences from 19th century orchestral music. Previous contributions to the first album are increased by the collaboration of artists like Eduardo Antón from War Dogs, Jesús Martinez from The Ivory Hawks and Jose Mañas from The Oxide Pipes, completing a cast of great talent. Recorded at Big Sound Corp and The Forest Studio, the album has been produced and mixed by Raúl Lupiañez and mastered by Israel Lupi.

As a preview, SomeWhereOut present the lyric video of the first single release from the album Bones, Blood and Fear, featuring Dante Martín from Neptunia on vocals and Eduardo Antón from War Dogs and David Santana from The Void on guitar solos.

If that has whetted your appetite then here is the second single: Our Promise


Tracklisting and guests

  1. Intro: The Stories.
    John Serrano (Nightmare Vibes, CIONClub): vocals; Begoña Ramos (Hey Listen): strings.
  2. Bones, Blood and Fear.
    Based on the Russian tale Baba Yaga. Dante Martín (Neptunia): vocals; David Santana (The Void) and Eduardo Antón (War Dogs, Chantrice): guitar solos.
  3. Mara.
    Based on the Serbian tale of the same name. Raúl Medina (Rey Eco, exStereozono): vocals. Francisco Garoz (41 Ravens) drums.
  4. Someone With No Name.
    Based on the German story Little Red Riding Hood. Alba Bermejo (Memorias de Sefarad, Rojo Once): vocals.
  5. Our Promise.
    Based on the Russian tale Finist the Falcon. Abraham Linares (41 Ravens): vocals; Andrés Gabarrón (ex-Bauer, ex-Kinesic): bass; Begoña Ramos: strings; David Espinar (ex-Sonora, ex-Hangar 24): guitar solo.
  6. Interlude I: Covenant.
    Instrumental. Introduction to:
  7. The Fallen One.
    Based on the Polish legend Pan Twardowski. José Mañas (The Oxide Pipes): vocals.
  8. You and I.
    Based on the Russian tale Marya Morevna. Eleison Braiden: vocals; Begoña Ramos: violin.
  9. The Midnight Bell.
    Based on the German story Hans My Hedgehog. Abraham Linares and Alba Bermejo: vocals.
  10. The Crystal Mountain.
    Based on the Polish story The Princess and the Crystal Mountain. Jesús Martínez (The Ivory Hawks); vocals; Israel Lupi (41 Ravens): final guitar solo.
  11. *Interlude II: Winter.
    John Serrano: vocals; Begoña Ramos: strings. Introduction to:
  12. The Old Forest.
    Based on the German tale Hansel and Gretel. Dante Martín: vocals; Antonio Maña (41 Ravens) bass solo.

Personnel
Raúl Lupiañez – Electric & Acustic Guitars, Bass, Keyboards.
Francisco Garoz – Drums.
Andrés Gabarrón – Bass on track 05.
Antonio Maña – Bass solo on track 12.
Alba Bermejo – Vocals on tracks 04 & 09.
Eleison Braiden – Vocals on track 08.
Abraham Linares – Vocals on tracks 05 & 09.
Jóse Mañas – Vocals on track 07.
Dante Martín – Vocals on tracks 02 & 12.
Jesús Martínez – Vocals on track 10.
Raúl Medina – Vocals on track 03.
John Serrano – Vocals on tracks 01 & 11. Begoña Ramos – 5 strings Violin on tracks 01, 05, 08 & 11.
Eduardo Antón – Guitar solo on track 02.
David Espinar – Guitar solo on track 05.
Israel Lupi – Guitar solo on track 10.
David Santana – Guitar solo on track 02.

Produced, arranged and mixed by Raúl Lupiañez.
Mastered by Israel Lupi.
Music and lyrics by Raúl Lupiañez, except *, anonymous german folk melody.
Recorded at The Forest Studio and Big Sound Corp.
Photography by Pexels and Pixabay.
Designed by Raúl Lupiañez.

Biography
Originally from Malaga, Andalusia, Raúl Lupiáñez has been dedicated to music since childhood. At the age of 14 he debuted with his first live rock group and since then he has
given his life to the study of guitar and music in different rock and metal bands, covering their favourites and playing their own songs (Edar, Stereozono, Men in Band), as well as studying guitar at the Manuel Carra Conservatory in Malaga and composition at the Superior Conservatory of Music in Malaga, holding a Higher Degree in that specialty.

He currently combines his work as a guitar and harmony teacher with his two main musical projects, 41 Ravens and SomeWhereOut.

Contacts
Email: somewhereoutofficial@gmail.com
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Bandcamp

DAFT to preserve Daevid Allen’s legacy!

The “Daevid Allen Family Trust” (DAFT) preserves Daevid Allen’s legacy of poetry, music & hand drawn illustrations. Come and be DAFT!

In 2015 Gong legend Daevid Allen sadly passed away at the age of 77. He is survived by his four sons Toby, Orlando, Tali, & Ynys. Prior to his passing Daevid set up the “Daevid Allen Family Trust” or DAFT for short for his children. The aim and focus with DAFT. is to preserve Daevid’s legacy of Poetry, Music & Hand Drawn Illustrations for the fans and future generations in one place.

Now we are happy to announce that 2021 is the year to be DAFT!
First of all, the web store is now open selling a wide selection of official DAFT merchandise and music.
Secondly, we are also happy to announce that there will be a box set coming soon called “Deya Dreaming” which is a collection of unreleased music from Daevid’s time in Deia, Mallorca.

2021 promises to be a busy year with a lot more stuff to come!

Daevid Allen, who sometimes was credited as Divided Alien, Captain Capricorn and Dingo Virgin, was an Australian poet, guitarist, singer, composer and performance artist. He was co-founder of legendary music groups Soft Machine and Gong. He left Gong in 1975 to begin a solo career (though his first solo album, “Banana Moon,” was released in 1971 while he was still in the band). Daevid went on to release several innovative solo albums over the next 4 decades. His solo work also included collaborations with artists like Kramer, Acid Mothers Temple, and California-based bands University of Errors and Spirits Burning. Daevid would also record and tour with various incarnations of Gong throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s. Daevid continued to release numerous live sets and one-off collaborations in limited editions on various independent labels under his own and various group names up until his passing in 2015.

DAFT official website: https://www.musicglue.com/daevid-allen-family-trust-daft/

For more information: contact the UK Representative Chris Thomson on +44 7584 176565 or Thomson.chris@icloud.com

TRANSATLANTIC – launch video for ‘Looking For The Light’/ third single from ‘The Absolute Universe’

TRANSATLANTIC – the Prog Supergroup of Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Roine Stolt & Pete Trewavas – are pleased to announce their fifth studio album The Absolute Universe, set for release on February 5, 2021. Representing the band’s first new music since 2014’s Kaleidoscope, with The Absolute Universe the band have done something unique and created two versions of the record: The Absolute Universe: The Breath Of Life (Abridged Version) & The Absolute Universe: Forevermore (Extended Version).

The band have now launched the video for Looking For The Light, a track which features on both versions of The Absolute Universe. Watch it now here: 

Mike Portnoy comments: “Looking For The Light is one of the heavier tracks on The Absolute Universe. In the tradition of Transatlantic sharing all lead vocals, this track gave me my showcase to deliver the lead vocals as it called for a bit more of an aggressive approach. 

This is one of the few tracks that remains primarily the same and appears on both versions of the album. However not content to keep it simple, the version included on the music video is actually a unique version which combines both Looking For The Light and its Reprise from later in the album into one combined version available only here in this video.”

Watch the previously released video for The World We Used To Know here: 

Watch the previously released video for Overture/Reaching For The Sky here: 

Each album will be available on CD, LP & Digitally. But there will also be what has been called ‘The Absolute Universe: The Ultimate Edition’, which collects both versions together in one lavish package that includes 5LP’s, 3CD’s & a Blu-ray that includes a special mix that combines both versions into a third unique version in 5.1 surround sound with visuals and a behind the scenes documentary. All editions have artwork created by Thomas Ewerhard featuring the airship by Pavel Zhovba. 

As Mike Portnoy explains: “We’ve got two versions of this album. There is a two CD presentation, which is 90 minutes long, and a single one – that’s 60 minutes. However, the single CD is NOT merely an edited version of the double CD. They each contain alternate versions and even in some cases, new recordings. We wrote fresh lyrics and have different people singing on the single CD version tracks as compared to those on the double CD. Some of the song titles have also been changed, while others might remain the same, but compositionally what you’ll hear has been altered. You must appreciate that what we have done is unique. We revamped the songs to make the two versions different.” Pete Trewavas adds: “We did write some new music for the single CD, what’s more, there are also differences in the instruments used on some of the tracks across the two records.”

You can pre-order now here: https://transatlantic.lnk.to/TheAbsoluteUniverse

“A Romantic’s Guide To King Crimson” by The Mastelottos

Valentine’s Day 2021 delivers an unexpected and welcome surprise with the release of “A Romantic’s Guide to King Crimson,” the new 12-track album of reinvented King Crimson material by the husband-and-wife duo Deborah and Pat Mastelotto. The collection, which spans the band’s entire history, revisits classics including “Matte Kudasai,” “Heartbeat,” “Moonchild,” “Elephant Talk,” “Peace,” “Exiles,” and “Sleepless.”

Pat Mastelotto is an American rock drummer and record producer who has worked with King Crimson, Mr. Mister, XTC, The Rembrandts and many others. Pat has served as one of King Crimson’s drummers from 1995 to the present day. This album resulted from Pat’s observations and Deborah’s insights made after she intermittently joined Pat on tour as part of the King Crimson entourage from 2008 onwards.

“It’s always been a joke in the King Crimson camp that there’s never a line for the women’s restrooms during intermissions,” said Deborah. “King Crimson plays loud and it’s often intense and raucous. But it can also be haunting and melodic, with some of the most beautiful lyrics ever. We wanted to help uncover that sweetness and introduce the songs to a different type of audience with ‘A Romantic’s Guide to King Crimson.’”

“The album has amazing contributions from all the musicians involved, especially the TOAPP (Three of a Perfect Pair Music Masters Camp) artists,” said Pat. “We experimented together and since they were already lifelong Crim Heads, they were totally into reconfiguring the classic performances or developing totally new parts. So, get ready. You’ll hear some fantastic detail in their playing.”

The recording features material they chose and arranged together with lead vocals by Deborah, a creative Tour de Force in her own right, and with Pat drumming and producing.

“We compiled King Crimson songs and searched for the romanticism in them, then rearranged them,” said Deborah. “The addition of a girl singer automatically changes the feel of those songs and places them in a different genre. Our idea is to create a way for people, especially women, to appreciate the beauty of King Crimson’s music without the fear and sometimes resistance attached to the word ‘prog’ getting in the way. We slow the songs way down and strip them back to their essential lyrics and melodies.”

“In the Crimson tradition, we approached every song as if it was brand new,” said Pat. “At first, it involved tinkering with 20-plus songs in hotel rooms using iPhone apps to choose what worked best for us. We first focused on the lyrics. The words had to resonate and the arrangements had to develop a prog-meets-pop twist to meet my hopes. We had no desire to duplicate the original arrangements. In fact, just the opposite. I was trying to discover where else they could go to expose sweetness, sort of like the old days of cassettes and giving a loved one a mixtape. It’s a gift to fans and a family of former Crims.“

The Mastelottos started the recordings in 2019 by inviting the Texas TOAPP alumni, including members of the Houston symphony, to record in Pat’s home studio in the Texas Hill Country. After a quick trip to Nagoya for his one and only live gig of 2020, which yielded the live Stick Men album “Owari,” Pat returned and spent months with Deborah during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown finishing the project. The result is an album full of lush nuance and ornamentation designed to put listeners in a meditative and buoyant mood.

“The lockdown resulted in a year of cancelled shows, which gave us time to realize the album,” said Pat. “This grand reboot of humanity made being a couple all the more important, nurturing relationships with people we love, gardening and doing home projects while creating this album together was a beautiful experience.”

“2020 has given us the longest period of consecutive days, weeks and months we’ve ever spent together,” said Deborah. “Our close proximity enabled a continuous dialog and working environment, so we never had to break the creative flow.”

“Working from home meant we could take the listening experience from the studio to the car to the bedroom…to test drive…so to speak,” added Pat.

“Heat up the hot tub, fluff your pillows and head to the softer side of the bed for the pinkest Crimson ever”

Track listing

1. Two Hands
2. Matte Kudasai
3. Heartbeat
4. Moonchild
5. Inner Garden
6. One Time (Eyes Wide Open)
7. Peace
8. Book Of Saturday
9. Exiles
10. Elephant Talk
11. People
12. Sleepless

Released February 14, 2021

To pre-order: https://patmastelotto7d.bandcamp.com/album/a-romantics-guide-to-king-crimson

Digital Album
Streaming + Download
Pre-order of A Romantic’s Guide To King Crimson. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.

Limited Edition Compact Disc
Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album
Comes in a 6-panel gatefold card case designed by Denis Rodier with paintings by international artist Ana Fuentes.

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