[ The music in the video is the first demo track off Gravity is Still Everywhere.
Moving pictures by Lydia Steury. Thank you thank you! ]
We describe ourselves as making "electronic music in a basement with a collection of salvaged synthesizers, man-made triggers and a video camera." And that just about sums us up. Four best buds who have been making music since 2006. We perform every song along side videos we've collected or shot and edited along the way. We wouldn't trade it for the world.
In 2012, we want to put out an album that cheerfully encompasses all the pain and all the hope that comes with losing sight in something. We're calling it Gravity is Still Everywhere.
We want to deliver it to you on vinyl. Packaged better than we've ever packaged a recording. We're hand-picking instruments we want to make the focus of this next chapter of story telling. Gravity is Still Everywhere will be released with a currently unnamed second LP—an ambient companion to the album. We've been writing all Winter. We'll mix all Spring. And by Fall, Gravity is Still Everywhere will be in your hands.
Here are some of the heavy hitters on our list when it comes to the places where this money is going:
- The packaging. Delivering a matte finished, full-color jacket for our vinyl. Not to mention the production of the two records themselves. Plus some other goodies we'll reveal further down the road. One of which includes an official download card for hi-res digital listening to both Gravity is Still Everywhere and the ambient companion.
- Ableton Live v8. Our mothership needs an upgrade, that we might work as efficiently as possible. We can't deny her.
- Some of the "key" players. Synths. VST plugins. Controllers. The touchy-feely, nerdy stuff.
- Saxophone rental.
- Horses. Now, we don't intend to buy em... but we need to get our hands on four horses we can take into the woods for a photoshoot. It may mean giving someone some money.
- Neon Sign. That's all we can say currently.
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Here's the transcript of the video above via our gracious
narrator from across the pond—
For the last five years Metavari has taken one night out of the week to be together. Sometimes it looks just like this. A long walk or a miniature adventure they've created for themselves when the weeks became anything but. And sometimes it couldn't look any different. The nights where it made more sense to just listen.
But somehow—amidst these nights—they've managed to tell a story. A story that is remarkably important to them. Everybody has stories, of course. Metavari's isn't anymore special. It probably mirrors a lot of other stories. Full of love. Full of tears. Seasons where they've needed each other more than anything. But it was a story that was special because it was theirs.
The night they gave to themselves each week created a place where the story could be written down.
In 2008 it came out in about 18 minutes. Sloppy, under-produced and intimidated. They look back a little embarrassed by it—but it's there because they needed a place to start.
In 2009 it came out a lot closer to how they wanted. A direct response to one of the hardest years they had every been through together. It needed to be honest. Metavari got the opportunity to tell it all over North America. Festivals and venues they never thought they'd play, meeting folks they never thought they'd meet. Hundreds of shows and hundreds of friends to share it with.
In 2010 Metavari wrote a short story. It was about all the people they met during the course of the last album. An experiment on vinyl that lasted 17 minutes and 21 seconds.
In 2011 they started writing again. Metavari worked for months, but it didn't feel right. It didn't sound like their story anymore. So they started over. They stopped writing it down the way they had been writing since 2006. Stopped using words like "post rock" and "acoustic drums" and started collecting new ones. Playing musical chairs with the positions they use to have. Synthesizers stopped accenting the finished piece and started becoming the backbone.
This year Metavari has a new story to tell. It's a story about realizing what they thought was holding them up maybe isn't actually doing anything. Or maybe it is, it just looks different than they thought—and for a second they lost sight of it. It's called "Gravity is still everywhere."
The story feels bigger for them now. It almost feels like everything else has been a sketch compared to this. But if they're being honest with themselves, they can't make this happen on their own. They are asking for help. Help to add the instruments they need to tell this properly. Raising the money they need to package this the way they want to give it to you. And Metavari promises to tell this next story the best way they now how...
...a friendship that will outlast any of these silly songs.
- (47 days)