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Williams Shift “Tuning Into You (A Love Song From Voyager)”

Here is the last song to stream from Williams Shift’s We Were Wonderers. It’s a mid-tempo track called “Tuning Into You  (A Love Song From Voyager)” and features extensive lead vocals from Jill Purdy and supporting background vocals from Matthew Stone.

A central theme of We Were Wonderers involves the fate of one Ted Williams’ head post-mortem. As Williams was nearing death, his son John-Henry, arguably against his father’s true wishes, committed him to be cryonically frozen. His body was transported from Florida to Arizona and the Alcor Life Extension Foundation mistakenly severed Williams head from his body and cryonically froze it. It’s more common to freeze just the head, rather than the entire body combined. In Williams case, the remaining decapitated body was also frozen. In exploring the Ted Williams mythology and its ramifications on the cosmos, Williams Shift imagines a future where cronically frozen heads are stored on satellites orbiting the Earth in near absolute zero temperatures. “Tuning Into You  (A Love Song From Voyager)” furthers that idea and imagine two heads intertwining their thoughts and dreams, ultimately falling in love without bodies or hearts.The song also alludes to the distant Voyager satellite drifting across the galaxy, traveling farther and father away from its Earthly home and imagines it transmitting back to an Earth that has been long devoured by our sun going supernova.

For some background information about Ted Williams’ head, head here (uh, no pun intended).

Stream “Tuning Into You  (A Love Song From Voyager)” through the embedded bandcamp link below, pre-order the digital release through the bandpre-order the 2xLP /cassette packagethe 2xLP, or cd of We Were Wonderers from btv, and order the We Were Wonderers Instrumentals cassette from our good friends at Flannelgraph Records in Bloomington, IN or directly from btv. The instrumental cassettes are shipping now to all who order separately or the 2xLP/cassette package! cds have also arrived and will be shipping out shortly to all pre-orders!

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Williams Shift “Permanent Glue (Instrumental)”

“Permanent Glue” kicks off the forthcoming album from Williams Shift, We Were Wonderers, due out March 24th. The song is based on a synth motif that Stephen Roessner  wrote on a Kurzweil K2000S one day while bored with his Ph.D. studies at school. He continued to layer more synths, drums, bass, and guitars onto the song, but it didn’t feel finished. Roessner then sent it to Matt Stone, who added even more guitars, lyrics, and a plethora of harmonies to the track, adding to the pulsing, building, and enveloping sound initially laid out by Roessner.

Stone pulled inspiration for the lyrics from Carl Sagan’s writing on the cosmos. The title references the molecular glue that holds us all together, that no molecule escapes, dies, or is forgotten. It merely transmutes into another form of energy that will burn on forever in our world, or perhaps a distant star.

Stream the instrumental version of the track through the embedded bandcamp link below, pre-order the digital release through the band, pre-order the 2xLP /cassette packagethe 2xLP, or cd of We Were Wonderers from btv, and order the We Were Wonderers Instrumentals cassette from our good friends at Flannelgraph Records in Bloomington, IN or directly from btv. The instrumental cassettes are shipping now to all who order separately or the 2xLP/cassette package! cds have also arrived and will be shipping out shortly to all pre-orders!

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Williams Shift “The Heads And The Bodies”

Burnt Toast Vinyl is proud to debut a new song from Williams Shift’s forthcoming album We Were Wonderers.

“The Heads And The Bodies” is an energetic track that bridges Matthew Stone’s instrumental work as a member of Saxon Shore, which was also utilized in the initial Williams Shift preview track “Dock Ellis Spirit Animal,” and continues to layer vocals, synths, and strings to the soundscape. Shimmering female vocals, provided by vocalist Jill Purdy, were an essential requirement to Stone’s idea for Williams Shift and serve to balance Stone’s vocals. It borrows a bit of sunshine in the form of Brian Wilson-esque harmonies, linking to the summery scene of Ted Williams remembering his last at bat in Boston. Stephen Roessner’s masterful drumming and production add the final glue which holds the palpable sonic landscape together.

Lyrically, the track introduces the apocryphal story of Williams’ cryonically frozen head. When his blood was exchanged for the cryonic fluids, his severed head was placed on a small metal tuna can to prevent it from being frozen to the case where it was stored. Ultimately, the can froze to the head and proved difficult to remove. Thusly, an opportunistic worker in the facility used a wrench to knock the tuna can off, missing the can on the first strike, and instead bashing the frozen head of Mr. Williams.

Stream the track through the embedded bandcamp link below, pre-order the digital release through the band, pre-order the 2xLP /cassette package, the 2xLP, or cd of We Were Wonderers from btv, and order the We Were Wonderers Instrumentals cassette from our good friends at Flannelgraph Records in Bloomington, IN or directly from btv. The instrumental cassettes are shipping now to all who order separately or the 2xLP/cassette package!

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