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Williams Shift Vinyl Has Arrived!

After what seems like forever in the queue at the pressing plant, the vinyl for Williams Shift : We Were Wonderers has now arrived.

The A/B LP is blue with colored streaks.

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The C/D LP is white with blue streaks and has an etching on the D side done by our great friend John Ringhofer (Half-handed Cloud).

btv099_viny;_CDAll pre-orders are going out in today’s mail. For those waiting until it was a real product, order now at the online store!

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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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