“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 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! cds have also arrived and will be shipping out shortly to all pre-orders!