A Lonely Gust Toward the Heavens

by Make-Believe Machines

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fariqtejeda cinematic and moving from start to finish Favorite track: Last Fuck on the Titanic.
Raul Rubio
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Raul Rubio as a fan of film scores and minimalist music in general discovering this album by "make believe machines" is like finding a gem.. the beautiful / huanting melodies create the moods i want to relive over and over again Favorite track: This Olive Branch Is a Hornet's Nest.
Caynug
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Caynug First off, the recording quality wow. I love how absolutely free each element in the mixes feel! I've had this running for an hour and it blended in perfectly with me drawing art. Hugely inspiring. My favorite track is Asleep in Past Currents, this "chase" feeling the whole song gives with the tonal changes later on is very well done and stood out the most to me. Huge props to you guys, talent all around and more importantly... effort! Favorite track: Asleep in Past Currents.
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david-ugrude Filled with deep sadness and beauty. Favorite track: This Olive Branch Is a Hornet's Nest.
Skyline
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Skyline A true piece of art. Each song is a journey between beautiful soundscapes and magical places full of melancholy. It is a great experience to listen to the whole album. One of my greatest discoveries of this year.
Favorite track: Last Fuck on the Titanic.
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blankenship covers me like a thick, warm blanket, rockets me into space, and finally sends me into a long, deep sleep. Favorite track: Another Fruitless Victory.
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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.

I wrote this album as a way of processing a great deal of grief and loss that piled up over a couple years of my life. My friend and musical collaborator Jim DuRocher (The Twelve Canons) passed away in 2014, tragically concluding a long struggle with addiction. In the following years, my grandpa Jim Key slowly deteriorated and died from Alzheimer's, and my grandma Betty passed after a long struggle with dementia.

In times like this, I've found some comfort in music which both acknowledges life's darkest moments and offers some amount of optimism and comfort. This album is my own attempt to contribute.

I've always connected with 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 to others in trying times.

credits

released December 10, 2019

Composition, programming, bass, keys - Justin Norman
Co-composition on track 4 - 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 at Blossöm Records 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

Neo-classical and soundtrack music composed by Justin Norman, performed with Anna Kucera, Elaina Steenson, Patrick Riley, and Scott Yoshimura.

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