Restringing the Deathless Refrain

by Make Believe Machines

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The third Make Believe Machines full-length album comes on the heels of A Lonely Gust Toward the Heavens. In contrast to that album's sleepy, wintery tone, I've written a series of songs with a more active tone. The themes remain the same as usual - a musical reflection on struggle and persistence, with more emphasis on persistence this time around.

As with the last album, I worked extensively with Anna Kucera, Elaina Steenson, and Patrick Riley to produce the strings in their varied forms here. Scott Yoshimura dropped in to play some drums.

There a lot of new sounds to be found on this outing. "Vanishing Platform" makes use of an 8-bit synthesizer for some childhood reminiscence. "Orphaned Vessels" was created from samples collected from old Gregorian chant recordings, all hacked up and distributed across some programmed clicks and clacks. "In Moments You Will Disappear" is a meditation on many things I'm grateful for, containing recordings of my friends, family, and significant moments.

credits

released June 8, 2019

Justin Norman - composition, keys, bass
Patrick Riley - violin, viola, cello
Anna Kucera - cello
Elaina Steenson - violin
Scott Yoshimura - drums, percussion
Cover photographs by Paolo Terraneo (rower) and Alan Carr (clouds).
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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