‘Soft Continuum’ is a kaleidoscope of contemporary electronics fractured by kosmische and new age music. The record began as both a tribute to and a movement with founding member, Ty Brinneman, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma at the end of 2018. Early sessions included every member who has ever been involved in the project while Ty performed electric bass, MIDI bass and electronics. After Ty’s heartbreaking passing in 2020, his final recordings were expanded to a full-length record with bonus tracks; now dedicated to his life and memory.
In communion with the decade past, the through-line in ‘Soft Continuum’ is a reimagining of Metavari’s debut full-length record from 2009, 'Be One of Us and Hear No Noise.' The conceptualized tracks are titled after the stages of a star’s rare “stellar rebirth;” Drift, Swell, Arc, Flux, Swarm, Collapse, Bloom. The writing is not without the nuances of Nathaniel's production—warm hardware devices, self-sampling, and warped textures—but 'Soft Continuum' pushes further the boundaries of the art. Brittle MIDI and material sound become a rhythmic spinal column for a work wrapped in notes from new age electronica and dark cinematic influences. At times manic in its dislocation of the linear song structure, but united from start to finish by the constraints of the process.
released June 10, 2022
Written and recorded by Metavari at Resnick’s Store Mannequins, Fort Wayne, IN.
Collaborator recordings captured in Fort Wayne, IN, Lansing, MI, and New York, NY.
Produced by Nathaniel David Utesch.
Nathaniel David Utesch — keys and electronics, vocals track 9
Colin Boyd — drums and percussion tracks 1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11
Ty Brinneman — MIDI bass and electronics tracks 1, 4, 6, 12, electric bass tracks 12, 13, 14
Andrew McComas — acoustic guitar track 5
Simon Lesser — electric guitar tracks 4 (sampled from the original recordings), 6, 7
Tommy Cutter — keys and electronics track 14
Kyle Steury — acoustic guitar track 12 (recorded for MIDI sequencing)
Bonus track, "Left in Pieces" features Zao (Courtesy of Observed/Observer).
Art direction and design - Nathaniel David Utesch
Liquid illustrations - Jim LePage