COLD READING releases NEW THREE-PART CONCEPT ALBUM ‘ZYT’ OUT JANUARY 31st, 2020 on Krod Records
Cold Reading tell stories about quitting and starting, tumbling and getting up. These tales speak about the wistful look back and the hopeful vision of things to come. The musical storytellers go off the beaten path for the realisation of this sophomore LP. In This concept album explores the elusive subject of time both musically and lyrically, approaching it from different perspectives. It includes three EPs that deal respectively with the past, the present and the future; the band will release these EPs successively.
NEW THREE-PART CONCEPT ALBUM ‘ZYT’ OUT JANUARY 31st INCLUDES:
– PART 1: PAST PERFECT
– PART 2: PRESENT TENSE
– PART 3: FUTURE CONTINUOUS
– Through the Woods: A Short Story
Hear it here:
ZYT – Part 1: Past Perfect
The human tendency to glorify the past and mourn missed opportunities is at the centre of Past Perfect. This first EP captures the strong sense of romantic melancholy that accompanies remembering: it tells tales of melancholy and nostalgia wrapped in powerful and expressive compositions. It retains the retrospection tonally through analogue recording. This consistent step gives the Past Perfect EP an unmistakable old-school touch. The raw, yet accessible songs draw from the sound of the late 90s/early 2000s Emo/Post-Hardcore movement. It forms a seamless transition from the Sojourner EP.
Tracklist – Part 1: Past Perfect
01. Through the Woods, Pt.1
02. Past Perfect
03. Mono No Aware
04. Escape Plan Blueprint / New Domain
ZYT – Part 2: Present Tense
The second EP, Present Tense, is thoroughly anchored in the present. A Buddhist quote inspires it. And so, it is first and foremost about the goal of living in the moment. It also deals with the resulting difficulty to find a reasonable approach to the past and the future. The EP’s theme is yet again mirrored in the production choices: The classical instrumentation of Cold Reading is complemented by elements such as digital synthesizers, loops or samples, which complete the four contemplative pieces. Compositional depth and a broad palette of timbres characterize the multi-faceted songs. Compared to the previous EP, it takes more inspiration from contemporary Indie and Pop sounds, oscillating between patient restraint and sudden buoyancy.
Tracklist – Part 2: Present Tense
01. Stay Here, Stay Now
02. Through the Woods, Pt.2
03. Present Tense
04. A Quiet Thought
ZYT – Part 3: Future Continuous
Future Continuous marks the conclusion of the trilogy. The future lies before us like an unexplored vista. This not only spreads uncertainty, it also raises hope. The final EP deals with this view into the distance and outlines possible upcoming scenarios. The dichotomy of this mood is reflected in the bittersweet tunes. The tunes employ the aesthetics of the more atmospheric corners of the musical landscape and increasingly incorporate elements from Post-Rock and Electronica.
Tracklist – Part 3: Future Continuous
01. Oh Sweet Hereafter
02. Future Continuous
03. Tree Diagram
04. Through the Woods, Pt.3
ZYT – Through the Woods
Each EP contains a title track, which deals with its respective tense in the narrow sense. The songs explore the effects exerted on humans by focusing on the past, the present or the future. The story Through the Woods is another layer and stretches across the trilogy. Divided into three chapters, Through the Woods tells the fantastical story of an individual who travels through time and space in a quest for himself. Again, analogous to the three EPs, the past, present and future form the frame of the narrative. In addition to a title track and a Through the Woods episode, each EP contains two more songs that complete the concept album. They reinforce both lyrically and instrumentally the theme of their respective EP.
With this trilogy, Cold Reading create a multi-layered work that goes beyond a conventional album in terms of depth and storytelling and will appeal to all of the listeners’ senses.
The band is:
- Michael Portmann (Vocals, Keys)
- Christian Limacher (Guitar)
- Arthur Londeix (Bass)
- Marc Breitenmoser (Drums)
- Alain Schurter (Guitar)
Cold Reading Tour – Live Dates
18.01.20 – DE – Schlachthof, Lahr
01.02.20 – CH – Kult-Turm, Brunnen
07.02.20 – DE – Kreativfabrik, Wiesbaden
10.02.20 – DE – Gängeviertel, Hamburg
12.02.20 – DE – Rosenkeller, Jena
13.02.20 – AT – 1019 Jazzclub, Wien
15.02.20 – CH – Oxil, Zofingen
07.03.2020 – CH – Konzerthaus Schüür, Luzern (Release Show)
more dates tbc
Vinyl pre-order: http://www.krodrecords.shop/products/639091-cold-reading-zyt