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Released: 07.06.24







Timothy Showalter is used to dealing with his trauma through music, but after seven albums he’s ripped up the rulebook and moved away from his rock and folk roots on this LP, embracing future sounds on tracks like the epic Navigator.

Showalter’s no stranger to synths having used them on 2010’s Pope Killdragon, but rarely has he relied on them so heavily. It makes for a grandiose, bold and brave record, achieving the joyful expression he set out to create on tracks like the euphoric Ascend You; whilst his commitment to meditation can be heard on Ananda and its loops and oceanic field recordings. It’s an incredibly spiritual album from a man who has experienced near-death and continues to embrace life to its fullest.   


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