A Lonely Gust Toward the Heavens

by Justin James Norman

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The second Make Believe Machines full-length album, A Lonely Gust from the Heavens, comes eleven years after our debut. We've grown and changed a lot since then. Rob left the project, which makes this a first solo record for me.

While I am less convinced than ever that the creation of art has intrinsic value, I do believe some art can be helpful in troubling times. This has certainly been the case for a handful of albums I've listened to when the world went dark for awhile.

Here I've tried to write music that acknowledges the ongoing struggle we all face in life's darkest periods, while also recognizing the moments of joy and relief persistence brings. I've always been drawn to instrumental music, because without the specificity of lyrics, the listener is free to insert their own circumstances into the world of the song. It's my hope that the new pieces of music on this record can be some comfort in trying times.


released May 6, 2019

Composition, programming, bass, keys - Justin Norman
Co-composition on track 5 - Rob Ogden
Cello - Anna Kucera
Violin - Elaina Steenson

Recorded at various locations in Iowa
Mixed by Justin Norman at home in Des Moines, Iowa
Mastered by Elliot James in Los Angeles

Cover photographs by Lazurite (runner) and Neil DeMaster (forest)
Designed and edited by Justin Norman


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Make Believe Machines Des Moines, Iowa

Strings and dreams and nightmare things. Music composed by Justin Norman, performed with friends.

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