"Depending on the tune, the interwoven triple-guitar gamesmanship of Empyrean Atlas can run in few different directions: toward the mathy post-punk of Horse Lords or Battles, toward warmly anesthetic ambience (say, Pink Floyd meets Bradford Cox), or toward West African high life. On “Echolocation,” the clangy, lapping repetitions feel most in line with that last influence. The quintet’s movements are coiled and contained, but pulsing with small, ecstatic fibrillations."
--Giovanni Russonello, New York Times
"At eighteen minutes, Poly Rush might seem more EP-length teaser than full-length argument on behalf of Empyrean Atlas, yet what a teaser it is...I can't recall another outfit whose polyrhythms lock quite so tightly together as do Empyrean Atlas's...Brief it might be, but a track like “Echolocation,” for example, is very much capable of inducing an entranced swoon the moment that dazzling interplay appears."
Poly Rush explores the beauty and intimacy of acoustic music alongside the energy and power of electric instruments. Polyrhythms are the answer, except when simple, unison guitar lines will do.
Poly Rush is when the rhythm of a song makes you feel particularly alive. Polipoli chronicles an epic journey through the upcountry of Maui, 4-wheel driving on twisting one lane roads. Similarly, Echolocation is in search of an interesting environmental experience - a different kind of music echoing and bouncing its way through the underwater landscape. The source of the title Ocelot shall remain mysterious, although we will say it is related to Nethermead. Murmuring is that magical thing starlings do. Human beings do a similar thing with music; it’s just not something you can see.
Empyrean Atlas welcomes Will Chapin to the band. He’s doing really well. This is also the first Empyrean Atlas record fully produced and mixed by David Crowell.
Empyrean Atlas has been praised by everyone from Wilco, who called Inner Circle one of their 17 favorite records of 2015, to WNYC, who said “Empyrean Atlas looks like a rock band but sounds like a cross between Philip Glass and King Sunny Ade” as well as “the band is one of the most exciting parts of the New York music scene.”
Empyrean Atlas is:
David Crowell | guitars + synthesizers
Andrew Smiley | guitars
Will Chapin | guitars
Greg Chudzik | bass
Jason Nazary | drums
released November 3, 2017
Produced by David Crowell
Mixed by David Crowell
Mastered by Charlie Van Kirk
Recorded by Sam Owens at Figure 8 Recording
Additional recording by David Crowell in Ditmas Park
All music written by David Crowell
artwork by Fay Ku | design by C J Rosenthal