"From gypsy jazz, to klezmer rave-ups, to Danny Elfman-esque gothic soundscapes, the music forges a dark yet whimsical path, inspired by photographs from Rusty McDonald of DividingME Photography."
You are invited to escape the everyday world and journey with us to the "Absolute Elsewhere" - A place where characters spring forth from art, music and mythology. A place where artists connect and their visions merge creating a land where dreams and myths breathe and fill space. I was inspired to make my own journey after seeing Rusty's photographs that capture the essence of this enigmatic world. Each image inspired me to create a song and in turn invite a collective of musicians to help acquaint you with the inhabitants and scenery of the mysteriously beautiful "Absolute Elsewhere". Their voices and stories emerge as the process unfolds. They exist only in this place.
released 19 May 2015
Produced by Jim Boitnott and Crystal Bright
All songs/lyrics by Crystal Bright
Recorded/Engineered/Mixed/Co-Produced by Randy Seals at On Pop of the World Studios, except "Crescent Moon Bear" recorded and mixed by Jason Merritt
Mastered by Evan Bradford at Echo Mountain
Cover Art & Design: Rusty McDonald and Crystal Bright
All photos by DividingMe Photography (Rusty McDonald)
Crystal Bright: vocals, piano, accordion, saw, dan bau, adungu, toaster oven rack/pan, stumpf fiddle, percussion
Randy Seals: drums, backup vocals, percussion, tambourine, bass on "Bajando La Luna"
Kevin Dollar: guitars on "Bajando La Luna" and "Of Sireneuse"
Robbie Link: Double Bass, Cello
Diego Diaz: guitars, lapsteel
Bolshevik Bratislava appears on Trumpet, FleugalHorn, Shofar, Harmon, Wah, Cup Mute and Vocals, Courtesy of Jeremy Denman, Studios and Urban Fly Queen Publishing
Adam Collis: trombone
Jonathan Cannon: violin
Ueli Schweizer: violin
Seth Oldham: drums on "Engastrimyth"
Rusty and Nicole McDonald: Vocals on "The End" and "Forest of Dreams"
Taylor Briggs and Zach Koontz: backup vocals on "October" and "Forest of Dreams
Crystal Bright: string arrangements on "Torment," "Tree of Tantalus," "La Dona D'aguia"
Special Thanks: This album could not have happened without the constant mentoring and support of a few people, including Jim Boitnott. He's been involved in the whole process since the beginning and has gone above and beyond what any other human would attempt. I can't express how grateful I am to him. Also, I am infinitely indebted to Brad and Tammy Spencer for their unconditional love and support and giving me a space to create this work. I love you guys so much! Rusty McDonald for his constant inspiration and friendship. This album wouldn't exist without him. I would also like to thank Randy Seals for all of the amazing work he put into this, David Jackson, Joey Barnes, all of the Indiegogo supporters, all of the musicians who made this as big as it could be, and to everyone else who has constantly believed in me and my work, which has allowed me to continue doing what I love. Here's to continual collaborations and friendships!