New Studio Single: "Indecision" (Produced by Mitch Mignano)

Despite the fact that I used to take music production very seriously, I haven't put out any studio tracks in ten years.*  This hurt.  A lot.  I mean, people used to come up to me at festivals singing the words to my songs.  People were playing my music during childbirth.  Even though I've made a lot of music in the last ten years, it's all been live and more about pushing the envelope of my constraints and improvising ephemeral site-specific pieces than composing and painstakingly producing a studio opus. By not honoring that work, I feel like I've been limping along living a half-truth...

And then three summers ago, my friend Mitch Mignano, whom I met as co-panelists for an on-stage discussion at Burning Man's Entheon Village back in 2010, stopped through Austin and we had a life-changing few days that made it clear:  the reason my next album was taking so long to manifest was because Mitch had to work on it.

Mitch, or "Raven," as our friends here in Santa Fe call him, also used to live in Austin, played Mellotron and organ in a prog band that recorded on Led Zeppelin's studio mixing board, toured Europe, lived for years as a professional gambler,  studied history under William Irwin Thompson, wrote a Master's thesis on Burning Man and the evolution of the trickster...and over the last three years – with a lot of help from his crime league of world legend musician friends – he's leveled up even further into a true monster of electronic synthesis and digital music production.

While I was busy starting a new job and moving across country, he took some old scratch tracks I'd recorded on a tour stop at his place in the New Mexico desert and whipped up a truly remarkable demo version of a song I consider one of my best, inspired by the Two of Swords tarot card and The Tibetan Book of The Dead, addressing my Libra Ascendant, and gesturing beyond my life entirely.

With the basic arrangement in place, we re-recorded the vocals and spent months adding layers and textures and going back and forth about tweaks to the mix.

What you have here is the first single off an album in progress – I'll be sharing rough mixes from the rest of the album to the $5-and-up supporters as each piece nears completion, as well as the found-sound drum kits and sample-based synths I've been making from field recordings for this project, and much more.  

Before I get to the links, I want to give my deep gratitude to Mitch for his work with me on this most sacred of tasks.  And also to my dear friend and constant inspiration Randal Roberts for letting me use his painting, "Beloved Omega Heart," as the cover art for this album.  (Go buy a print from his website.)

Right now the song is en route to digital music distributors, so if you like what you hear and want to spread it around (which I can't overemphasize is so so important):

Here's the link to pre-save it on Spotify.

Here's the link to Soundcloud, where you can leave an in-line comment. 

Here's the link to Bandcamp, where people can pay-what-they-like and download any format.

Thank you for listening and thank you for being.

love,
Michael


Lyrics

In the moment before acting lies a void
where every future gleams, reflecting every other
every moment a uniquely blooming world.
In the space between two thoughts
where every other instant grows
expanding now into infinity
and every possibility unfurls... 

How do you choose your next life? 

It may seem your heart has stopped between two beats.
It's not the universe that's ended
but that you're already dead
remembering everything at once
seeing past the limits of your head. 

In the seconds it would take to drain
the oxygen from your exquisite brain
a few mere seconds, all your life replays
an intimate refrain.
It isn't just the fireworks of dying neurons firing.
You are slipping from the grip
of that which kept you in the slow procession.
Now your feathered eyelids open
to behold the whole terrain... 

How do you choose your next life? 

It may seem your heart has stopped between two beats.
It's not the universe that's ended
but that you're already dead
remembering everything at once
seeing past the limits of your head.


* Here are my three still-in-print studio releases:

Get Used To Being Everything (2006)

Double Edged Sword EP (2008)

The Cyclist / Throwing Sparks (2014, but 90% finished in 2009)

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