This is the first half of Shearwater's Quarantine Music—two hours of slowly evolving instrumental music, meant to ease and enrich your life in isolation.
Each of the four pieces has a different energy and instrumentation, from solo piano to elaborate soundscapes. Part I was performed in 2016, but the other three were made in early 2020.
I never thought we'd make an 'ambient' album; but making these was a really interesting detour from the new 'proper' Shearwater album—and it was much harder to make something slow, minimal, and satisfying than I'd ever imagined.
Part I, "Winter Morning Meltdown," is a one-take solo piece I performed in an empty hall in Rensselaerville, NY in 2016, in the grim wake of the US presidential election.
Part II, "Europan Benthic Detritivore," was commissioned by a friend of the band, and meant to evoke a small creature living on the seafloor of Jupiter's ice-covered moon.
Part III, "Empty Memory Palace," is a long wander through a subterranean space with two lonely little robots who are trying to teach each other to play Bach.
Part IV, "Brazen Victory Blues," is a (deceptively) warm and friendly `meditation on the United States' slide into fascism. It has three movements: "Pre," "Post," and "Epi".
released April 25, 2020
Performed by Shearwater on piano, electric guitar, percussion, and analog synthesizers
Part I recorded live by JM, mastered by Dan Duszynski
Parts II-IV recorded, mixed and mastered by Dan Duszynski at Dandysounds
Thanks to the Carey Institute for Global Good, Diane Hall, Emily Lee, Jonathan Kade.
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I love Lovecraft in Brooklyn, and this version captures the energy of the Mountain Goats in concert as well as any recording I've heard. My absolute favorite, but the live version of See America Right is a close second. Bangers, the both of 'em. theoysterking