Inspired by a 1954 science fiction short story by Tom Godwin, this story follows a worker drone on a distant planet who hunts down the corrupt officials responsible for the death of his little sister. The music is emotional, evocative, and riveting—the movie, however, is fake. Composer Josh Urist says, “I wanted to try to put my own mark on the fake soundtrack idea and take it as far as I could. We set out to dress the record in all the trappings of a real film soundtrack—the artwork, and the trailer that we shot for the film.”
Working with co-producer Stuart Bogie, Urist uses the visual language of film music to conjure moments with visceral impact. A Morricone-esque standoff; a frenetic Quincy Jones-style chase scene; cosmic soul in the vein of Air. While analog synths and drum machines give you the interstellar textures, the acoustic guitars and wind instruments provide the warmth and humor of a human heart beating in the airless vacuum of a distant galaxy.
released February 2, 2018
Urist assembled a crew of close friends to perform, many of them friends from Urist’s time as a music student in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Contributors include co-producer Stuart Bogie (Antibalas, Superhuman Happiness, Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio); regular Urist collaborator and fellow Masters of Reality performer John Leamy (Masters of Reality, Surgery); Colin Stetson (Ex Eye, Bon Iver); David Cook (Taylor Swift, Lizz Wright, Alan Ferber, Jennifer Hudson); Adam Roberts; Jeff Plankenhorn; Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre); and Rachel Webster (Bernie Worrell). Album art and design by John Leamy.