Ballarat prog experimenters Ebonivory have announced their new album, ‘The Long Dream I’ will be out on June 5.
The first of a two-part concept album, The Long Dream I is entirely-self produced, mastered by Forrester Savell (Karnivool), and led by singer Charlie Powlett’s emotionally powerful delivery.
It shifts from the punk-inspired moments of Hanmer Street into the gritty, futuristic soundscapes of Explosions After Dark, and transcendental riffs and passages of Introvection, all the while maintaining cohesive melodic bonds, resembling a sequence of dreams.
Frontman Charlie Powlett said they were beaming with excitement that the record would finally see the light of day.
“Entirely self-produced over the course of 4 years, ‘The Long Dream’ became infused with self-referential hardship and internal disaster that only further serves its story.
“Every song presents a completely unique reimagining of what progressive music is capable of, while maintaining cohesive melodic bonds like a sequence of dreams that makes perfect sense, but only until you commit it to words.
“It is a twisting journey that weaves through depression and elation; past, present, and future.
“This album is the cornerstone of Ebonivory. It encompasses everything we are passionate about as a band, and represents our leap of faith into the raging storm that is the modern music industry.”
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Powlett formed Ebonivory in 2014, later joined by long-time musical collaborators and childhood friends Jake Ewings (guitar), Louis Edwards (guitar, backing vocals), Connor McMillan (bass, backing vocals), and David Parkes (drums, percussion).
Their early releases – ‘Ebonivory I – EP’ (2014), ‘The Only Constant’ (2015), ‘Ebonivory II – EP’ (2016) – became Australian progressive cult-classics, employing a unique distillation of progressive metal, alternative rock, post-hardcore, and modern punk.
2. Hanmer Street
4. Patting the Black Dog
6. A Colour I’m Blind To
7. Sea Sons
8. In Reverie
9. Window Man
10. Explosions After Dark
11. Tales of Termina
12. The Bluegums
The Long Dream I is out June 5 via Wild Thing Records.