The Same Old Wonder
New Focus Recordings
Release: March 27, 2020
Artwork by Mike Bauer
The Same Old Wonder is a collection of songs about venturing outward in order to discover the nature of our lineages and the depth of our internal landscapes. Ravi Kittappa’s Und wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst... begins the album and, quoting Nietzsche, invites us to stare into an abyss. To explore the unknown within us and around us. Wildflower, an original song by Hasco Duo, excerpts text from the child poet Constantinos Harpending Pavellas and innocently asks “Who am I? Who loves me?” In contrast, Morgan Krauss’ pallid tongues is dark and distorted. A confused nightmare of jumbled images, the loss of home, and a plea for escape in which the voice is subsumed in chaos, striving to fly free. Tinta Roja, Tinta Negra / Red Ink, Black Ink by Luis Fernando Amaya is dedicated to “Ancient voices—silenced and lost to perpetuity,” and asks us to “resonate with them, beautifully or horribly, and listen.” Basic Lands by Jonathan Sokol is a modular piece that imitates game play rules from Magic: The Gathering and uses text from The Prairie and the Sea by William Quayle, an exuberant retelling of the author’s adventures in the vast North American landscape. It states “I know not many things more exhilarant than taking a road you know nothing of..."
Und wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst... by Ravi Kittappa
Wildflower by Amanda DeBoer Bartlett and Jesse Langen
pallid tongues by Morgan Krauss
Tinta Roja, Tinta Negra / Red Ink, Black Ink by Luis Fernando Amaya
Basic Lands by Jonathan Sokol
Ice Cream Truck in the Sky (and Other Solstice Traditions)
Released December 2016
Our homage to Winter Solstice combines the etymology of star names using chant-inspired melodies with spacey electric guitar effects. Recorded at Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago, IL). Engineered by Alex Inglizian.