This deserves to be Australian album of the year. The white vinyl version is delicious and I love how this album takes you through an emotional journey with the 4 distinct moods of each side. Awesome.
Hunting – Oxygen, Organism, Double Darkness, Savior Add Vice
Lurking – Lone Bird, The Endless Story, Flutism, Up and Up and Up
Resting – Breathe Underwater, The Opposite of Us, Heaven on Earth
Waking – Over Matter, Lamina
12" Vinyl Listening Instructions - From The Band:
The album has been quartered into separate bundles of tracks, which we are calling the 4 Stages of the Animal. These stages are "Hunting", "Lurking", "Resting" and "Waking". Being a double vinyl each of these stages will have its own vinyl side. The vinyl will not be marked with a chronological order. This way each side will be its own self-contained unit and can be listened to as so if preferred. We intend this to emphasize a lack of a fixed starting point, as the album can start at whatever side of vinyl is placed down first. Additionally there will be a unique colour-scheme to guide the musical and thematic flow if desired.
The 12" LP artwork and layout is designed to reflect the ideas behind the music. It may provoke an immediate reaction of disdain or even disgust. There is not meant to be a ‘right way up’ - it is designed to disorient as well as reinforce the idea of no fixed starting point, and thus a continuity.
released September 2, 2016
All songs written and performed by Tom Iansek and Jo Syme.
Produced by Tom Iansek.
Recorded at Headgap Studios, Melbourne. Engineering and additional production by Matt Voigt. Additional engineering and production by Neil Thomason.
Additional engineering and production by Callum Barter at Newmarket Studios, Melbourne.
Strings arranged and composed by Jonathan Zion. Performed by Sarah Curro (violin), Daniel Curro (cello), Kathryn Taylor (violin) and Christopher John Cartlidge (viola).
All songs mixed by Tom Elmhirst at Electric Lady Studios, NYC. Assisted by Joe Visciano.
Mastered by Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound, NYC.
Compiled by John Ruberto at Mastersound Studios, Melbourne.
Bass performed by Ted O’Neil on “Organism”, “Double Darkness”, “Savior Add Vice” and “Flutism”.
Bass performed by Graham Ritchie on “The Endless Story”, “The Opposite of Us”, “Heaven On Earth”, “Over Matter” and “Lamina”.
Saxophone performed by Gus Rigby on “Oxygen”, “Organism”, “Flutism”, “Up and Up and Up”, and “Over Matter”.
Baritone saxophone performed by Sam Boon on “The Endless Story”, “Flutism” and “Up and Up and Up”.