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. While the prior album dealt with the process of finding peace amid loss and isolation, this one focuses on building something new out of the rubble.

Old elements are put to work in the building of new structures. "Orphaned Vessels" utilizes samples I collected from old Gregorian chant recordings and "Vanishing Platform" builds a new string melody from the drones of an 8-bit synthesizer. "In Moments You Will Disappear" is a meditation on many things I'm grateful for, containing recordings of my friends, family, and significant moments from my past that propel me forward.

As with the last album, I worked with Anna Kucera, Elaina Steenson, and Patrick Riley to record the strings throughout these pieces. Scott Yoshimura graciously offered to play drums, and Elliot James provided mastering.

credits

releases January 28, 2020

Justin Norman - composition, keys, bass, guitars, programming
Patrick Riley - violin, viola, cello
Anna Kucera - cello
Elaina Steenson - violin
Scott Yoshimura - drums, percussion

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 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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