The album title “Star-taker” is the literal translation of “Astrolabe” -a medieval astronomical calculator- and it reflects the atmospheric, ethereal sound of the lushly harmonized star-gaze songs from Karla Manzur (Dana Falconberry, Alejandro Escovedo)
The CD comes encased in an actual working letter pressed paper astrolabe and will be available for sale at the release show Oct 30, and to order online Oct 31.
The moody and atmospheric sound reflects the classically lyrical themes of time and space, truth and beauty, gravity and the greater forces that that keep us where we are.
Among the many great performances on the record from Austin musicians: the restless noise guitar work of Lauren Gurgiolo (Okkervil River), volatile pedal steel from Ricky Ray Jackson (Phosphorescent) and voltaic synth performances from both Zac Traeger (Zorch), and Gustavo Manzur (Morrissey).
Recorded at Church House and Good Danny’s studios under the artful and artistic creative production team Christopher Cox and Grant Johnson, known as Fat Fuse. (Dana Falconberry, Eastern Sea, Abram Shook, Feverbones).
released October 31, 2014
All songs copyright Karla Manzur 2014
Vocals, main guitar, main piano- Karla Manzur
LUNAR SORTIE- Noise guitars: Lauren Gurgiolo, Christopher Cox
DRAWN- Synths: Gustavo Manzur, Lap Steel: Simon Page
ANALOG HEAD- Synths: Christopher Cox
REVERSER- other piano- Christopher Cox
FUNNEL CLOUDS- Beats: Dustin Gaudet, Synths: Zac Traeger
HORIZON IS A LIE- Strings: Thomas van der Brook, Bass: Lindsay Greene, Drums: Matthew Shepherd
<3=02/ AIR- Production and all sounds: Sam Chown
SATELLITE OR SLAVE- Pedal Steel: Ricky Ray Jackson
PHANTOM FADE- Piano and Synths: Zac Treager, Beats: Christopher Cox, Noise guitar:Lauren Gurgiolo
Recorded by Fat Fuse at Church House and Good Danny's Studios
Co-produced by Karla Manzur and Fat Fuse
Mastered by Thomas van der Brook/ Tonehaus
Astrolabe design © Dominic Ford www.in-the-sky.org
Letterpress printing by Lindsey Verrill and Dan Grissom / BiscuitPress
In addition to all the above...
so many thanks to these folks for making the release show possible:
All the amazing and inspiring voices of the super-choir
Zac Traeger and The Museum of Human Achievement
Lucia Brimer, Torvald Hessel and the Austin Planetarium
Lindsey Verrill and Dan Grissom- CD Letterpressing
Miranda Burnet / Greg Levin and Flash Tattoos
Jarle Lillemoen and Bone Spirits
And eternal thanks for the love and support from my family...
Mom and Dad
Lil bro Gus
Thomas the Rock