Megalithic Symphony [Deluxe Edition]

Megalithic Symphony [Deluxe Edition]


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Megalithic Symphony [Deluxe Edition]

Following his group sojourns with major-label projects Home Town Hero (on Maverick) and Under the Influence of Giants (on Island), Aaron Bruno resurfaces as a one-man band (albeit with a lot of help, including longtime partner Drew Stewart) under the name AWOLNATION on Megalithic Symphony. A megalith is a large stone, so a megalithic symphony would seem to be an ambitious suite of rock music, and the album fits its title if one interprets the ambition as an unfettered eclecticism and sense of whimsy, as tethered to constant dance beats. Bruno seems to have built his tracks up from the percussion patterns, and once he got the beats he liked, he layered on top poppy melodies supporting lyrics sung in falsetto or a gritty tenor, with plenty of goofy electronic sounds in between. The "anything goes" quality takes in a spoken-word track ("Some Sort of Creature") and songs that recall everything from Prince to Men Without Hats. It all comes together on the 15-minute closer, "Knights of Shame," which begins with Bruno imploring, "Dance, baby, like the world is ending," continues through various sections including a rap by Cameron Duddy, and ends, after a minute or so of silence, with a hidden track that finds Bruno strumming his acoustic guitar and croaking, "It's been a long time waiting for you." Megalithic Symphony engages the ear from moment to moment and allows Aaron Bruno to try out a variety of ideas, many of them half-baked, but all of them entertaining. [A Deluxe Edition added a second disc of remixed and live tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/2013
Label: Red Bull Records
UPC: 0844942012390
catalogNumber: 1239
Rank: 22350

Album Credits

Performance Credits

AWOLNATION   Primary Artist
Brian West   Synthesizer,Casio
Christopher Thorn   Guitar
Aaron Bruno   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Bass
Jimmy Messer   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Drew Stewart   Guitar
Isaac Carpenter   Drums
Billy Mohler   Bass,Guitar
Curtains   Vocals
Kenny Carkeet   Synthesizer,Guitar,Keyboards
Cameron Duddy   Vocals
Arielle Verinis   Vocals
Hayden "Great White Shark" Scott   Drums
Dave Amezcua   Bass
Watts Choir   Vocals
Tony Royster   Drums
Tarrah Toland   Vocals

Technical Credits

Eric Stenman   Engineer,Additional Production
Brian West   Producer,Engineer
Christopher Thorn   Engineer,Additional Production
A. Bruno   Composer
Aaron Bruno   Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Jimmy Messer   Producer,Engineer,Additional Production
James Messer   Composer
D. Nakamura   Composer
Vince Casamatta   Engineer
Corrie Christopher   Booking
Kenny Carkeet   Engineer
Sean Goulding   Booking
Adam Brill   Booking

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