SAAH060 CD/LP + Download/MP3
Release Date: April 27, 2010
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Sunset - City Woman - Lust - Oars - Peasant Dance - A Man Alone - Sunrise
James Alexander: Viola/Keyboards/Percussion
Chris Hackstie: Acoustic/Electric/Pedal-Steel Guitars
Brian Purington: Guitar
Chris Stelly: Drums/Percussion
Scott Telles: Electric Bass Guitar
Henna Chou: Piano/Keyboards/Cello
Sarah Norris: Vibraphone
Travis Weller: Violin
Jenni Wieland: French Horn
"There must be something on the air, or in it, to explain the space rock blooming in central Texas. This Austin sextet expands on the arc-riff grandeur of local travelers Explosions in the Sky with John Cale-like viola and simple, rising melodies that take you way up and out. My Surprise find at SXSW this year, My Education are advanced ecstasy." -David Fricke, Rolling Stone
For the past ten years, Austin, TX instrumentalists My Education have splashed their cinematic sound all over the great silver screen that is the Central Texas sky, painting their stories using feedback-laden guitars, swirling melodic viola, rhythm section storm clouds, and flourishes of vibraphone, bells, strings and horns. Claiming five full-length albums, a 12" vinyl collaboration with avant-hip hop duo Dalek, remixes by members of like-minded bands Kinski, Pelican, Red Sparowes, and A Place to Bury Strangers, and several singles and compilation appearances, My Education have cultivated a loyal underground following. The band spent most of 2009 working tirelessly on the follow-up to their previous acclaimed LP, Bad Vibrations (Strange Attractors, 2008). Tucked away in the studio, they have captured a calamitous but oddly compelling tension, building to a crescendo of pure ecstasy with their latest and greatest triumph, Sunrise.
Comprised of pieces from the band's original score for F.W. Murnau's 1927 silent masterpiece Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, My Education has discovered the perfect forum for which to flex their compositional muscles, achieving ever-transcendent musical heights in the process. This original score was perfected over the last two years through live scoring to the film, performed at sold out shows from coast-to-coast throughout the USA. Just as the music provides new context to the film as a live accompaniment, Sunrise flashes brightly from the speakers, sparking vivid and lush imagery for the listener. Finding parallels to the timeless soundtracks-as-albums Popol Vuh composed for a number of Werner Herzog's films - music with such visual distinction that it went on to become both synonymous with the screen and the band's legacy - Sunrise leaps onto celluloid with confident grace, distinguishing itself as My Education's most diverse and mature release yet.
Recorded by The Bump Boyz at Headbump Studios, Austin, TX. Mixed by Jason Buntz & Chris "Frenchie" Smith at Bubble, Austin, TX. Mastered by Harris Newman / Greymarket Mastering, Montreal, QC Canada. Vinyl lacquer cutting by Paul Gold / Salt Mastering, Brooklyn, NY.
"A Man Alone" from Sunrise, directed by Wiley Wiggins. On Vimeo.
*Digipak CD with 30% recycled post-consumer CD tray.
*LP is a limited pressing of 1000 and comes with download coupon for the entire album on MP3 format.
*Touring USA in support of Sunrise in June 2010, with live accompaniment to the film at select venues
*RIYL: Mono, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Rachel's, Balmorhea, Explosions in the Sky
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