Shine

by Falling You

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Spellbinding ethereal, dream-pop, shoegaze featuring the best of darkwave’s famed female vocalists. Falling You’s seventh album caresses with beautiful bursts of music brilliance and mesmerizing hypnotic reverie. These emotionally captivating songs from musician/producer John Michael Zorko come to life via the angelic vocalists from Suzanne Perry of Love Spirals Downwards, Monica Richards of Faith & the Muse, Dru Allen of Mercury’s Antennae and This Ascension, Summer Bowman of Mirabilis, Erica Mulkey of Unwoman, Anji Lum of LoveSpirals and others.

For their first album on Projekt after 19 years of self-released discs, Falling You creates uplifting and riveting tracks of introspection. Exploring the light that shines from within each of us, John comments, “It’s important – and empowering – to realize that the world is a far, far better place now when compared to the world of antiquity, and it is only due to the light of human endeavor and the work of human hands that this is so. The candles of progress towards a more equitable world often seem fragile and likely to be blown out by a sudden gust of ill wind, but they are just external manifestations of the far more resilient internal flame. It’s up to us. It’s always been up to us.”

Monica Richards discusses “Let it Go,” the track she sings on the album. “When John first sent it to me, something just clicked while I was writing. I wanted to bring a deep sense of nature, of our own wildness within – searching the waters, the mountains, to find my heart. I found the quote from Chief Luther Standing Bear, and it helped shape my feelings. I actually wrote the words while listening to the piece. It was a very stream-of-consciousness take. It was fascinating to work with this. The piece is actually in the style of the soundscape music I write on my own, especially the music I wrote for my last album, Kindred. It had a familiar sense; then John’s mixing took it to a really gorgeous level of layering the words and meanings…”

Suzanne Perry discuses “Until the Stars Align,” her contribution to Shine. “Creatively, the ingenues that live in John and I connect. Getting a song from him is always surprising as he manages to weave an unexpected intergalactic sounding sound. Sometimes I don’t know what to do with these sounds to be honest, but I’ve grown fond of them and have come to know them as Zorkoesque. What did I think of when creating this song? As it has always been for me, it’s not been about thinking or connecting the sounds to the world as it is in these fleeting moments. But I recall thinking about the night sky. The lyrics for ‘Until the Stars Align’ were written mostly by Cris Miller.”

Laced with feeling – delicate, intimate, distinctive and elegant – the nine passionate vocal performances integrate with Zorko’s ethereal melodies. On some tracks, his layered guitars create a soundworld where dreamy vocals melt into the atmosphere; on other tracks, powerful yet graceful vocals take charge and edgy guitars take flight in complement.
Falling You Shine will transport you to serene worlds of blissful, introspective sonic abstractions.

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released May 20, 2017

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Projekt Records Portland, Oregon

Projekt is America's premier independent label specializing in passionately intense introspective music across a variety of darkwave genres (ambient, ethereal, darkwave, electronic, goth, dark cabaret, dreampop & more). Projekt is home to a diverse roster including Steve Roach, Voltaire, Erik Wollo, Black Tape For A Blue Girl, vidnaObmana, Unto Ashes, Alio Die, Byron Metcalf, and others. ... more

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