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The Gatekeepers - The Gatekeepers

The Gatekeepers

The Gatekeepers

Release date: November 11, 2022
The Gatekeepers is a concept album about failure. The story follows an artist trying to get their work out in the world but facing a series of sardonic and disinterested gatekeepers. A 15-song cycle exploring the creative process from beginning to end, including the cynical aspects of marketing art to the public and the toughness of deciding your own artistic fate.With a sophisticated blend of progressive, left-field rock, jazz, folk, and an authentic lo-fi spirit, the Gatekeepers creates a captivating musical contrast. Occasionally hypnotic, sometimes turbulent, the eclectic mix is reminiscent of The Lamb Lies Down Broadway, Kurt Vile, Of Montreal, and the Canterbury sound with a nod to Zappa.The album's composer and mastermind Alex Wroten is joined by an array of highly acclaimed and unconventional vocalists to bring the story to life: The Residents, Shawn Phillips, Brian Poole (Renaldo & The Loaf), R. Stevie Moore, Elaine di Falco (Yugen, Caveman Hughscore), Mont Campbell (Egg, National Health), Bob Drake, Amy Denio, Deborah Perry (Thinking Plague) and CHEER-ACCIDENT.Other performers in this musical's ensemble include: drummers Morgan Ågren (Mats/Morgan Band, Frank Zappa), Jacopo Costa (Loomings), Brian Wnukowski (Salvation, Haymarket Riot), Rob Allum (Add N To (X)); guitarists Frédéric L'Épée (Shylock, Philharmonie, Yang), Alan Jenkins (Deep Freeze Mice, Ruth's Refrigerator), Bill Brovold (Larval, Rhys Chatham Ensemble, East Village Orchestra), Paul Lai (Upsilon Acrux), Ty Citerman (Gutbucket); multi-instrumentalists Dave Willey (Hamster Theatre), Robert Webb (England), Dan Britton (Deluge Grander, Birds & Buildings); flautist Emily Hay (U Totem, 5uu's); keyboardist Duncan Mackay (Cockney Rebel, 10cc); violinist Matthew Parmenter (Discipline); and additional vocalists Molly Harvey (The Residents), Wally Scharold (miRthkon), and Blaine Reininger (Tuxedomoon).
Tracklist:
  • 1. Butterflies (Feat. Elaine Di Falco)
  • 2. I Like the Strange Things (Feat. Renaldo M)
  • 3. A Promising Direction (Feat. Molly Harvey)
  • 4. Who Are the Gatekeepers? (Feat. Cheer-Accident)
  • 5. The Professional (Feat. Shawn Phillips)
  • 6. Ignorance
  • 7. The Patron (Feat. the Residents)
  • 8. Anonymity
  • 9. The Pundit (Feat. Deborah Perry)
  • 10. I Think I Like the Strange Things? (Feat. Renaldo M & Elaine Di Falco)
  • 11. Obscurity the Algorithm (Feat. Amy Denio)
  • 12. A Compromising Direction (Feat. Bob Drake)
  • 13. All the Way to the Bank (Feat. R. Stevie Moore)
  • 14. I Like the Normal Things
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