Trioscapes ‘Digital Dream Sequence’ lands on Billboard jazz charts
- August 28th, 2014 –
Progressive/fusion trio, Trioscapes, have released their sophomore album worldwide on Metal Blade Records! After the album’s first week of release, it has landed on the Billboard Current Traditional Jazz albums chart at #4, #12 on the Top Current Jazz albums chart, plus #49 on the Heatseakers chart and #190 on the Independent albums chart! The album continues to resonate with fans of progressive and challenging music.
Trioscapes partnered with PROG Magazine in the UK earlier this month to premiere their video for the title track from “Digital Dream Sequence.” The Chuck Johnson-directed performance video is streaming now at http://prog.teamrock.com.
Dan Briggs comments on the video: “We shot this video on the last day of our two week recording session at Legitimate Business in Greensboro, NC and I feel like it perfectly captures the raw intensity we were trying to capture. No bullshit, live in the studio.“
Additionally, a new video featuring Matt Lynch performing the title track is up on youtube HERE.
To capture the raw and dynamic mood the band has become accustomed to at their live shows, Trioscapes enlisted the expertise of Kris Hilbert at Legitimate Business in Greensboro, NC to record “Digital Dream Sequence.” Those studio facilities offered the band the flexibility to track individually, or as an entire band, which was done for certain parts on the album. In a brand new studio video, Dan Briggs (bass, Between the Buried and Me), Walter Fancourt (tenor saxophone/flute), and Matt Lynch (drums/percussion) take us behind the scenes and show us a glimpse of what the writing and recording process was like – watch the video now at metalblade.com/trioscapes. While there, fans can also listen to “Stab Wounds” and order a copy of the album!
Trioscapes have evolved since their debut, and “Digital Dream Sequence” can be accurately described as much more deliberate. Walter Fancourt explained that “after hearing the debut album that was the first time I felt like I knew what we sounded like.” Briggs added, “for the first record, the three of us came together just to write music for that album, not even really knowing we were writing for an album.” Writing for “Digital Dream Sequence” drew on the experiences from the previous two years, both from touring and from having the time to just jam out songs together in a rehearsal space. Briggs continued, “After two years of touring, playing together, and casually working on new music, we really gelled and established more of a sound.” That time together as a band has fortified the already formidable lineup into a much more self-aware and in-tune machine.
The completed songs were sent to Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, Scale the Summit, Devin Townsend) for mixing and mastering. The final touch provided by the longtime Between the Buried and Me producer added a polish to the sound without sacrificing the raw and aggressive sound achieved in the studio. “Digital Dream Sequence” stands to be one of the most accomplished and inspired releases, regardless of genre, in 2014.
Trioscapes started in the summer of 2011 when bassist Dan Briggs (Between the Buried and Me) contacted Fancourt and Lynch about working up a rendition of the Mahavishnu Orchestra classic “Celestial Terrestrial Commuters”. The group also messed around with a few original ideas with the intent of playing a one-off live show. However, after rehearsing the material and playing the show, the group decided the music was so demanding and fun to perform that there should be more of a future for the project. A few more songs were written near the end of the summer and a full length album was recorded the first week of October with Jamie King in Winston-Salem, NC. Trioscapes combines elements of 70s fusion with progressive rock, dark syncopated grooves, a flare for the psychedelic, and an unabashed love for both quirky Zappa-ish melodies and thunderous abrasive trade-off lines.