“The Launch” is Arcana Collective’s second single taken from “Atlas Lost, Act 1: The Long Sleep”, due for release on February 1st, 2023 via Wormholedeath.
Right from the start the song sounds like Major Tom has jumped through a wormhole into the future. I get synth, hard rock, absolutely stunning operatic vocals, metal, and a little jazz infusion treat with a saxophone solo to which I was very pleasantly surprised.
The Launch flows in constant progression. The odd time signatures add to the over all ambiance which make it a very enticing audio experience. The enthusiasm builds as you wonder what they will do next. This is the kind of music thats fresh and exhilarating. The thought provoking lyrics add accentuation to the exciting chord progressions. This band has truly curated their own distinct sound. Metal Lair
Damian finds his escape from Earth, leaving behind all he ever knew to make his way into the unknown. He is alone, except for his own thoughts which plague him at night as a vision of red – his deceased wife coming back to haunt him in his nightmares. But with the loneliness also comes peace as he looks out over what was once his home, not knowing if he will ever return.
The Launch started off with a challenge to myself to create a track built off of a repetitive triplet pattern, then spice it up with where the accents are placed. It follows in the vein of Leprous with its rhythmic complexity, and I had this vision of making it overly synthetic to represent the technological advancements made in that not-so-far-off future. For this I drew inspiration from 80s synth pop and rock, making use of a lot of synth layers and a Sax solo. There is also a clear shift in theme halfway through that reflects the anxiety of a rocket launch in the first half with the calmness of space in the second.
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Line Up for “Atlas Lost, Act 1: The Long Sleep” :
Rogan McAndrews Plays Guitar, Bass, Synths, and Piano
Deyson Thiara Plays Drums
Guest Solos by Erin Cobern (Guitar on “The Longing”),
Charlie Robbins (Guitar on “The Imagining”),
and Nicholas Ibarreta (Alto Sax on “The Launch”, “The Traveler”, and “The Imagining”)
“Reed Alton as “Stratton, The Manipulator”
Anna Draper as “The Nightmare 1” & “Being of Light”
Rogan McAndrews as “Damian, The Sleeper”
Eissa Zhovnerchuk as “Cassidy, The Dreamer”
Vocaloid Avanna as “Nova, The Traveler”
Special Thanks to the Following Supporters for Translations and Appearing as Additional Spoken Characters:
Tanya Brown – Xavier Cicchino – Véronique Foisy – Justin Connor – Chelsea Finnigan – Florian Heringa – Chiharu Lee – Andy Schneider”
Pre-save/pre-add “Atlas Lost, Act 1: The Long Sleep” HERE
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