Written and demo’d in the 1980’s, Munich Syndrome is about to release their 13th album, which takes everything back to where it began. Starting with a small home studio, experiments with a Korg Poly-6, a Sequential Circuits 6-Track, a drum machine, a mic and Tascam Porta-Studio evolved and grew into full fledged electro pop songs. Searches for collaborators came and went, but at the end of the day, a core group of songs were committed to tape, and then put away in a closet.
As the pandemic closed in on the world, a small stack of tapes was discovered at the back of a closet (4 moves removed from the original location). Unsure of the shape they were in, or what the tapes might reveal, a search began for a functioning machine to play back the 4-track tapes. The two biggest surprises were, the tapes were in remarkably good shape, but more surprising, there were several songs that had escaped memory altogether. A certain amount of irony was entailed that the first song listened to was called “Missing.” What was amazing was, the song was all there. The melody, the words, all of it.
But, with these newly discovered songs, came the realization that the technology and recording equipment were less than stellar. A lot of work began to clean up what could be cleaned, redo what needed redoing, re-recording what (desperately) needed to be re-recorded, and then fitting the new back into the old.
A tad more recording is still underway, but the core group of songs are ready, including:
Nineteen Eighty Something
Love & Dancing
2 Whom It May Concern
Forever in a Night
Dreams or Memories
Anywhere But Here
Sensual West End Girls Ambience (grafting our version of the Pet Shop Boys West End Girls with our song Sensual Ambience)
Shooting for a late 2022 release, but this might not land until early 2023!
At the end of last year we did an electro pop remix of one of our earlier songs, “Sensual Ambience”, which was included on our 12th album, “Atmospherics 2: Chill” released in November. While listening to the song during the mixing/remixing process, it occurred to us that the Pet Shop Boys song, “West End Girls” would fit quite nicely with this track. Once the holidays were passed we went back into the studio and did our own version of “West End Girls” and then grafted parts of that into “Sensual Ambience”.
The Track listing for the Extended Play is: 1. Sensual West End Girls Ambience (Extended Mix) 06:26 2. Sensual West End Girls Ambience (Single Edit) 04:10 3. Sensual West End Girls Ambience (Instrumental Mix) 06:26 4. Sensual Ambience (Electro Pop Remix Edit) 07:24
It’s been a very busy year with the release of the book, Bad Blood – A Life Without Consequence, along with two full-length albums, GRAY/SCALE, and the soundtrack to the book, Bad Blood. While unplanned, two new songs happened: a Christmas song, College Radio Christmas Eve. A song commemorating a very somber Christmas eve many (MANY) years ago when late one night I discovered a faint college radio station playing alternative and modern rock Christmas and holiday songs. I instantly didn’t feel so alone. The other song, Winter Chill, An introspective and contemplative ambient-tinged instrumental for the holidays and winter.
Both songs are available on our Christmas EP along with Memories Drift (It’s Christmas), which was first released in 2007. Also included is the unreleased instrumental version of Memories Drift.
We have also released several single tracks and mini-extended plays as the year draws to an end.
The Bad Blood book and album will be available on January 1, 2021.
We’re wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays for all!
GRAY/SCALE, the new release from Munich Syndrome will be available on BandCamp tomorrow, March 20, 2020. On Friday March 20 Bandcamp is also waiving artist contribution fees, so any purchases made tomorrow for any artist on Bandcamp will go directly to the artist. The album is download only.
The album will be available shortly from CD Baby, Amazon, Apple Music, iTunes and all major streaming services.
Depending on demand we may do a hard-copy release later.
While work continues on the next Munich Syndrome album “X”, the world became a different place. Over the past three years we’ve been experimenting in the studio with different arrangements, instruments, and styles.
GRAY/SCALE is our “Low” or “Remain in Light”, if you will. Pushing out of our comfort zone, exploring new textures, and moods. This release features ambient, electronica, and other sonic explorations. More somber and introspective than our previous release. GRAY/SCALE is the sister-album to Sensual Ambience, 15 years on.
Where Sensual Ambience was more about the physical world, GRAY/SCALE is more about the metaphysical world.
This will be a digital-only release, available from BandCamp, CD Baby, Amazon, Apple Music, iTunes, Google, as well as all major streaming services.
Initially slated to be an EP (Extended Play) we have opted to go in with a full album:
In a Lonely Place
Ghosts (Part 1)
A Corner in Time
Ghosts (Part 2)
Ghosts (Part 3)
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