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Quarantine Music I​-​IV (Bundle) (2020)

by Shearwater

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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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