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Set for release October 15 via Beats Antique Records, A THOUSAND FACES–ACT 1, their seventh studio album, is a two-volume endeavor that encapsulates each stage of Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero’s Journey” in 22 sweeping and lushly textured tracks. While the accompanying highly theatrical live-show will carry audiences through the complete journey, A THOUSAND FACES–ACT 1 represents just the first half of the monomyth, with the second volume due out next spring.
Teaming with a group of renowned artistic collaborators stemming from their San Francisco hometown and Obscura Digital, the acclaimed live art projections company whose work with Google, the Guggenheim, and the royalty of Dubai has delighted audiences around the world, BEATS ANTIQUE’s new album and live performance art project A THOUSAND FACES delivers the band’s signature mix of electronica and world-fusion beyond the sonic realm into a multimedia extravaganza that’s part odyssey and part genre-warping rock opera.
“A THOUSAND FACES is meant to be an adventure for the audience, a wild ride that takes them through these mystical lands all across the globe,” says David Satori, who formed the Bay Area-based group with fellow musician/producers Tommy Cappel and Zoe Jakes in 2007. As veterans of a vibrant Bay Area underground arts scene committed to pushing boundaries through collaboration, BEATS ANTIQUE first and foremost strove to offer a uniquely communal experience with A THOUSAND FACES. “This is a universal story that’s been told for thousand of years,” notes Jakes. “Each one of us is a spoke in the wheel of the monomyth, and there’s a deep sense of unity in all of us sharing the same story.”
Dubbing A THOUSAND FACES their most intensely collaborative effort yet, BEATS ANTIQUE designated a diagram of the hero’s journey as their guide for the initial stages of songwriting and composition—then let their experimental sides take over and flourish as they delved further into the creative process. “Making the album was incredibly organic from thought to actual completion, right down to the guest musicians who joined us,” says Cappel. A THOUSAND FACES–ACT 1 features a carefully curated ensemble of guest collaborators, including Les Claypool of Primus and sarod player Alam Khan (son of legendary classical Indian musician Ali Akbar Khan).
With technology and production helmed by Obscura Digital, the show will feature creative visual production by Ivan Landau (Æon Flux, Sin City, Blade Runner). Also partnering with illustrator Leighton Kelly (who teamed up with Landau on the video for “Revival,” a track off of Beats Antique’s 2010 album Blind Threshold), the group has created a multimedia spectacle that’s rich in sensory stimulation. Part of the art for the stage production will even stem from a collection of works created the fans themselves. On Friday, August 16, BEATS ANTIQUE launched a Kickstarter campaign to help build their state-of-the-art stage production for the tour, with their goal reached a week into the campaign. For more information and to watch the video, click here: http://kck.st/1cK7j7M%20
Watch a teaser video for the tour’s production here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5foI0Ea1EF0&feature=youtu.be