This is more than a message. To quote Aleister’s mongoose,
“I do not exist. We come from smokeclouds, the black rain of the cloudburst. I know you wanna fly, but you’re no Poppins. She’s 100% above average, a God with an upper case ‘G’. You’re a god with a lower case ‘g’ at best: the ghost of a phone, a commoner in Rashomon, a loyal locust in the ranks of the resistance.
Consider the price we have to pay in order to breathe the rarified air of social mediafflluence. We do our best to navigate these daze days, hindered as we are by invisible ties, and there is a sense in which everything is fine. Ultimately though, it may not be possible to reconcile our desire to broadcast our private pleasures with the drudgery we are due: an appointment for a root canal, drinks with Johanna from the office, yada yada yada.
Think it over. Overthinking has a bad name, but it may be the only way to rest in peace. You can plumb the rabbit hole of art imitating life imitating art imitating life to your heart’s content. I don’t know what you’ll find. I used to make predictions like that - right now, i mostly just don’t. Let’s meet in another lifetime and figure out whose formula won.”
-Vikram Devasthali, February 18th, 2019, Glendale, CA
released February 23, 2019
The primary instrumental tracks were composed and recorded by Wyatt Keusch, on his laptop, sitting on the couch at his dad's house in Germany. After a few months of rumination, Wyatt sent those tracks to his friends, MCVD, crim & justin fab, who each wrote their respective lyrics / vocal parts with no outside input or awareness of what the others were up to. The Honorable Dr. Richard Persimmons was contracted to engineer the recording of MCVD's and justin fab's vocals, along with the instrumental contributions of Brian Griffith (bass), James Lake (synth), Ethan Braun (piano), Kayla Moffett (violin), Adam Ratner (guitar) and Vikram Devasthali (trombone) - Dr. Persimmons also added his own patented Geetar Magick™ to a few choice cuts. crim, however, recorded and engineered his own vocals, much to Wyatt's relief, as mixing the rest of the album had given him enough to do already. After everyone else's parts were recorded, and the files were loaded back onto his laptop, Wyatt played some electric bass on a few tracks, and wrote his first lyrics since 2006 for the album's closer, "Aleister's Mongoose". He recorded the vocal for that track on the floor of his home office, with a sock over the mic on his phone, despite the fact that he has a bachelor's degree in "Music Technology" from a "respected art school", and really should know better.