Greeting tasters this is Terry the Ancient One. For the last few days now I have been listening to Arcadea the new “S/T” debut album by the super trio made up of drummer // vocalist Brann Dailor (Mastodon), Keyboardist Core Atoms of (Zruda & Gaylord) and Keyboardist // Guitarist Raheem Amlani (Withered & Scarab). Having not even learned of Brann Dailor’s new band until recently, I had no clue what I was going to be listening to. The Result is a visionary, 10 song synth odyssey that was recorded at Orange Peel Studios in Atlanta, GA. The self-titled debut record will see its release via Relapse Records this June.
With song titles like ‘Army of Electrons’, and ‘Through The Eye of Pisces’ I figured this would be Space Rock or some kind of Heavy Psych. But what I heard took me completely by surprise when I realized this was not just Space Rock or Heavy Psych.
A concept album Arcadea has said envisions a future 5 billion years from now, where the impending collision of galaxies creates a new order of planets. Where cold, distant moons pledge alliance to new suns and expanding gas giants implode into black holes. Ancient drones, forever adrift, record toxic tales of love between dying stars. Where lifeforms in suspended animation, dream among the ice rings of Saturn and cosmic war wages among gods and planets. It is in this universe that Arcadea reign supreme as the last surviving space wizards since the final extinction.
While some power trio purists may be butt hurt there are no fuzzy guitars or ponderously slow and sludge laden bass lines. Rather, those who love progressive, heavy psychedelic rock, space rock, and electronica will love this album. Unlike some electronic driven rock music Arcadea does not sound plinky plonky or overly light and airy. Like The AlanParsons Project of aulde, Brann, Core, Raheem prodigiously weave a tapestry of sound . Listeners will feel like they are taking a ride through space and time through a tapestry of psychedelic soundscapes. To get the best effect I would recommend using a pair of headphones unless you have a kick ass stereo.
As other members of Mastodon have actively stepped into involvements in outside projects like Troy Sanders (Killer Be Killed, Gone Is Gone) or Brent Hinds (West End Motel, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra), drummer Brann Dailor has now followed suit. Arcadea was born when Brann Dailor teamed up with upside-down guitarist and keyboardist Core Atoms (Zruda) to create a synth-laden progressive, heavy psych band. The duo soon added guitarist Raheem Amlani (Withered) on synth and the three recorded their synth odyssey outing at Orange Peel Studios in Atlanta, GA.
June 16th will see the worldwide release of Arcadea‘s self-titled debut album on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. It was mastered by Colin Leonard and features cover art from renowned sci-fi fantasy artist Essy May. Today we are sharing the audio-only stream of a song from the album titled ‘Infinite End‘ below.
– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker
01. Army of Electrons
02. Gas Giant
03. Rings of Saturn
04. Neptune Moons
05. Infinite End
07. Motion of Planets
08. The Pull of Invisible Strings
09. Through The Eye of Pisces
10. Worlds Can Go On
11. Magnificent Facade