Volume 4: Thou/Art
A redirection from our previous work, this ten-song studio album is predominantly constructed of synthesized instruments. Exploring themes of the body, self-worth, rest, and damnation.
Volume 3: From The Belly Of A Woman
Live recording from December 4th, 2010 performance at Immanuel Lutheran in Seattle, USA. Among them: a favorite that has eluded proper recording, "I Heard The Bells"; a classic carol we haven't yet tired of, riding on Radiohead's "There There" beat; and another adaptation from Handel's "Messiah".
Volume 2: Albatross
A mix of live and studio recordings including a favorite by the inimitible Sinéad O'Connor; "The Hound Of Heaven And Hell" inspired by Francis Thompson's poem of similar title, featuring Seattle's biggest pipe organ at Daniels Recital Hall; and an adaptation of "Light Of Those Whose Dreary Dwelling".
Volume 1: Make A Sound
First record, spanning sounds from the clean and simple, to electronic flam, to loud and dense. Live recording of "Lesson & Response" contains aleatoric elements; "Ringing Home", also live, employes a bit of French for no particular reason; our first adaptation from Handel's "Messiah"; and the closing piece, tracked at our studio "Sanctus (For Cathedral)".
The name is a nod both to the Christian liturgical form and to Karl Marx's assessment
that religion is the opiate for the masses. Perhaps it is. Or perhaps the common
desire for comfort, rest, escape, or relief are more complicated and mysterious
than we know. In our pursuit of creating spaces of beauty and awe, we find ourselves
partial to cathedrals, antiquity, ambience, pipe organs, samplers, synthesizers,
incense, tongues, silence, joy, meditation, ambiguity, the abstract. We strive to
avoid pretense, hype, cliche, certainty, celebrity, egotism, greed, noise.
We encourage and believe in non-commercial performing, remixing, sharing, appropriating,
and sampling of all our music (Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial). Let us know if
you have other uses in mind; we'll most likely be very cool about it.
We are a performing arts group made up of musicians, songwriters, artists, audio
engineers, light designers, and authors. While this endeavor is certainly a labor
of love, the quality and quantity is dependent on reasonable community support.
Supporters over $50 are credited as an Executive Producer on our next album and
receive an advance copy.
"Not festive." - Christianity Today