“Songs From The Abyss” was an album that created itself autonomously, waiting patiently over the course of a year while I recorded live guitar looping sessions and traded tracks with Steven Taylor of the techno project Ghostwire. Steven’s entry into the world of ambient was a fantastic match for the atmosphere I imagined for this album.
Part space music, part emotional dirge, and part spiritual experience. That’s the impression I felt while putting the pieces together and hearing them all together.
After countless hours recording, mixing, mastering, remixing, remastering, and creating artwork… The tenth In The Branches album is finished. This collection of songs is as mellow as I.T.B. gets, with a careful balance between dark and light moods. It’s a full-on soundtrack to dreaming underneath the night sky in a place that isn’t entirely safe, but is beautiful.
Initial reactions have been very positive, and I’m deeply grateful for it.
“This is the highest level of ambient music. Only the infinite space is above it. Thank you, Shane!” -István, Hungary
“It is a very deep album, and I love it. Particularly love immersing myself in the sound via headphones ?, it’s wonderful.” -Brian, Australia
“I don’t know which is my favorite because I tranced out, but its superb.” -Cody, New York
The psychedelic retro design above might seem like a non-sequitur if you’ve seen the existing dark and gothic cover artwork for the upcoming (self-titled) In The Branches album, but this was the result of yesterday’s Photoshop session with the release in mind. I want to have everything ready for release by this weekend, so we’ll just have to see how this stylistic battle goes down.
With this new album comes a simple new In The Branches website, a sign that this “side project” is increasing its presence in my daily life. It can take a long time to give a project the time it needs to develop, but I’ve been clearing room for all of my music projects to get the time and attention they need to thrive.
This newest release promises to be absolutely mellow, like “As Real As A Dream” in some ways, but perhaps with more moments on the darker side of things. Stay tuned for the album release in the coming days!
Shane Cotee of In The Branches and Steven Taylor of Ghostwire have a history of working together on electronic music. Steven mastered Shane’s second release from The Adaptive, 2015’s “Evolve”, starting a lasting friendship built on modern psychedelic music.
Among many upcoming collaborations, “Songs From The Abyss” was a vision that started with live guitar loops & improvisations on a 7-string Ibanez guitar. Shane sent about 30 minutes of raw recordings to Steven, then Steven sent back several new layers to mix into the tracks. This continued for the first half of the album, made of three songs that average over 10 minutes each. The album artwork shows how the songs have been split into “Part I – An Invitation” (In The Branches featuring Steven Taylor) and “Part II – In Isolation” (In The Branches).
This is potent music that digs into the darker corners of the psyche, but not without optimism. It’s a half-conscious, half-subconscious trip across time and space, blending ancient and future; organic and synthetic; experimental and traditional.