Release Date: May 1 2013 (Beta-lactam Ring Records)
Available format: Limited Art Edition CD (edition of 50) as well as custom book-bound gatefold CD with fold-out poster.
MYTHALOGUE NOW AVAILABLE:
The Red Masque's new album Mythalogue Is Now Available for both the regular and art editions. Click here to order or for more information. You may also stream songs off the album via the preceeding link. Physical album sales will be available May 1, 2013. CDs will be be made available on BLRR's website, TRM's Website, and worldwide through various distributors both digital and brick and mortar. Further details shortly....
Press Release from BLRR: The Red Masque-Mythalogue
With the first studio outing in five years from Philly's native avant prog wunderkind, The Red Masque let loose a clarion call of avant prog gravitas to all comers here. Scions to a subterranean continuum of stormy entanglements, the tendrils that entwine on these tenebrous tunes snake out from some very auspicious pods. On Mythalogue, they take a page from Red-era King Crimson and another from those that rode the more riff-centric faultlines of the 90's avant prog revival (Present, Happy Family, Thinking Plague, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum) and fire the shredded results out of confetti cannons. Riffs crunch out fevered labyrinths, time signatures create airborne origami and vocalist Lynnette Shelley's supple, full-throated attack seals it with a kiss. This crew have been hoisted on the shoulders of some of Rock In Oppostion's most formidable figures, from their previous studio affair gaining release on Chris Cutler's ReR USA imprint to Mythalogue being mixed by 5uu's/Science Group member and avant prog magi Bob Drake. Little wonder, as the interzone of turbulent energies and high wire conniptions on hand here make plain The Red Masque's heir apparent status to this trajectory.
LINE-UP: Brandon Lord Ross, Lynnette Shelley, Nick Giannetti, Steve Craig.
SONG-LIST (not in order): "The Wendigo", "The Minotaur", "The Dark Salt Sea", "The Song for Icarus", "The Labyrinth", "The Sirens and the Snakes", "The Blessing", "The Hallowed", "The Curse" and "The Ruins of the Palace of Minos". Plus bonus live track "Polyphemus".
CREDITS: Special Guest: Thomas Hanslowe, Violin and Cello on "The Ruins of the Palace of Minos"
"The Minotaur", "The Wendigo", "The Dark Salt Sea", "The Song for Icarus," and "The Labyrinth" written by The Red Masque; "The Sirens and the Snakes" by L. Shelley, B. Ross; "The Blessing" and "The Hallowed" by B. Ross; "The Curse" by L. Shelley; "The Ruins of the Palace of Minos" by N. Giannetti and S. Craig; "Polyphemus" (Live at the Fire) by B. Ross, L. Shelley and Brian Van Korn
All lyrics by L. Shelley except "The Hallowed" and "The Labyrinth" by B. Ross
All songs mixed and mastered by Bob Drake, Studio Midi-Pyrenees, Caudeval, France
"The Minotaur", "The Wendigo", "The Dark Salt Sea", "The Song for Icarus," and "The Labyrinth" recorded / engineered by Mike Potter at Orion Sound Studios, Baltimore, MD in April and May 2012.
"The Blessing", "The Hallowed", "The Curse", and "The Sirens and the Snakes" recorded in Ambler, PA by B. Ross; "The Ruins of the Palace of Minos" recorded in Rockaway, NJ by S. Craig; "Polyphemus" recorded live at The Fire, Philadelphia, PA on May 1, 2011 by Kyle Graham, Fresh Produce Studios
Executive Producer: Jarmo Teräväinen;
Album Artwork by L. Shelley; Band Photography by David Pym
Beta-lactam Ring Records Signs The Red Masque,
Releases New Album, Mythalogue, in early 2013
Philadelphia avant rock band The Red Masque recently completed a Kickstarter campaign to raise recording / mixing funds for their latest studio album Mythalogue. The campaign was successfully funded through the generous support of the band's fans. This new album will feature 10 new studio tracks (recorded in spring 2012) as well as one live song (professionally recorded at a show in Philadelphia in 2011). The album was mixed by acclaimed musician and producer Bob Drake in France.
Mythalogue will be released in two formats: a standard issue CD and special limited art edition, all presented in a custom made book-bound gatefold sleeve with a fold-out mini poster featuring artwork by TRM vocalist Lynnette Shelley. The custom art CD (edition of 50) will feature mini original artworks by Lynnette. These artworks will be presented in the format known as Artist Trading Cards (ATC), which are the size of a standard baseball card. Each card will be one-of-a-kind. The nine new tracks include both five main songs (recorded at Orion Sound Studios in Baltimore by engineer Mike Potter) as well as four "intercessionals" recorded by the individual band members: The Wendigo, The Minotaur, The Dark Salt Sea, The Song for Icarus, The Labyrinth, The Sires and the Snakes, The Blessing, The Curse, The Hallowed and The Ruins of the Palace of Minos. The bonus live song is a professional recording of "Polyphemus", which the band played at the Fire in Philadelphia in May 2011. Previously, Polyphemus appeared on the band's last studio album, Fossil Eyes (released through ReR USA in 2008). This makes a total of 11 songs on Mythalogue.
The band will be setting up some shows to promote the new album once it's released. They are interested in playing alternative venues (livng room concerts, art spaces and other non-club venues). If you would like to see about having the band perform in your area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Currently a show is in the works for August to preview the songs on the album, with some further shows being worked on for the winter that will both preview the new album as well as showcase live perfomrances of the songs on the album. Please visit http://theredmasque.com/schedule.html to keep informed of any upcoming shows.
Additional Information / Links
For more on Bob Drake click here: http://www.bdrak.com
For more infomation on Beta-lactam Ring Recoreds click here: http://www.blrrecords.com
Below: "If I Were A Phoenix Bird" artwork (created by Lynnette Shelley), to be included as a fold-out mini poster in the gate-fold edition of Mythalogue.
Artist Trading Cards
In addition to the cover art and poster art, there will be 50 mini orignal artworks included in the limited art edition of the album. Each mini artwork is sized to be an artist trading card (ATC), a popular collectable format sized at 2.5 x 3.5 inches. The artworks are all hand illustrated by Lynnette Shelley in either ink, acrylic or ink (or in mixed media format) on watercolor paper and each is signed, titled and numbered on the reverse. Some examples of some of these ATCs are below. Please click on a link to view.
Mythalogue Artist Trading Card, No. 15, by Lynnette Shelley