In a world overrun with synthesizer players angling to be the next John Carpenter, Claudio Simonetti (of Goblin), or Bernard Szajner, few can genuinely claim to approach those legends' infernal, suspenseful sound worlds. One such musician who can, however, is Seattle's Meridian Arc (aka Andrew Crawshaw). His time spent drumming for the heavy psychedelic rock band Terminal Fuzz Terror and doom-folk ensemble A Story of Rats hasn't prepared the world for the fantastically dark analog-synth journeys he embarks upon in Aphantasia. But Crawshaw's made this unusual transition with impressive authority. You know music in this vein is great when you start to envision your own outlandish, horrific scenarios for it, as you will do for each of Aphantasia's 11 marrow-chilling tracks. This is Meridian Arc's most vivd and varied expression of his dystopian vision to date. As John Cale sang back in 1974, “Fear is a man's best friend,” and Meridian Arc's music offers many opportunities to test his theory.
released June 10, 2016
Written, Produced and Performed by A.P.C. at Moto Sonic Sound Studio September - December 2015 Seattle, WA.
Mastered by Blake Bickel at Dynamic Sound Service January 2016.
Design and Layout by A.P.C.. - packaging printed by Broken Press.
The following equipment used on this recording: Moog Minitaur, Moog Sub37, SCI Prophet 600, SCI Drumtraks, DSI Mopho SE, Korg Arp Odyssey, Sequential Prophet 6, Roland RE-101, Moog MF05, Moog MF-103, Moog MF-108, Strymon Timeline, Akai Rhythm Wolf and Waldorf Streichfett.
As the drummer for Seattle-based Terminal Fuzz Terror, Andrew Crawshaw desired a challenge to push his creativity beyond
what the drum kit could provide. He found this new world in synthesizers, and thus Meridian Arc was born. Inspired by the idea of creating music that can guide the listener through an array of emotions and generate mental visuals....more