Heterotopia

by Schooltree

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Henry Wilson
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Henry Wilson This tastes of dark and cyberpunk.
As the name would suggest, Heterotopia deals with the concept of contrast, primarily contrasts between mind and body, life and death, etc, but also the contrast between sameness and change. As topic for a prog rock opera, this is perfect.
And as prog rock, the music is phenomenal. From not-the-same melodies to grand, layered string sections, from headbanger to intelligentsia, this has it all.
My one complaint is that the vocals fall behind the music in volume. Favorite track: Turning into the Strange.
Richard Fox
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Richard Fox One of the best prog albums of the decade. Truly amazing songwriting, story telling and performances here. Very much in the vein of the Lamb storywise, but uniquely its own. Favorite track: Cat Centipede.
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Lyrics & plot synopsis at schooltreemusic.com/libretto

Schooltree's "fantastically, defiantly ambitious" (NPR) original rock opera is about a girl who loses her body and must journey as a ghost through a parallel world of the collective unconscious to get it back. But something is wrong in Otherspace; it has been overtaken by shadows and chaos. In order to become whole again, Suzi must delve into the origins of this world's darkness, going from the neon lights of her plasterboard horizon home to the bottom of a cursed river’s malevolent lullaby, where the fate of Otherspace and her own are inextricably linked.

Both urban folklore and metaphysical fairy tale, Heterotopia was developed over several years and recorded as a double album in the tradition of concept albums like Quadrophenia, Ziggy Stardust, and Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.

Read more at schooltreemusic.com/heterotopia/

credits

released March 31, 2017

Story, music, lyrics, & arrangements by Lainey Schooltree
Additional arrangements by Peter Moore & Schooltree
Produced & mixed by Peter Moore & Lainey Schooltree
Engineered by Peter Moore
Recorded at Palace of Purpose in Malden, MA
Additional recording at Studio St. Elsmere in Medford, MA
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice

Personnel:
Lainey Schootree - vox/pianos/synths
Brendan Burns - guitar
Derek Van Wormer - bass
Tom/Tod/Tad Collins - drums
Peter Danilchuk - organs/synths
Peter Moore - nylon guitar, additional vox/keys/programming

Album cover artwork by Crystal Araiza
Design & hand lettering by Pete Danilchuk
Copyright 2017 by Schooltree

This album was made thanks to the passionate dedication of its artists
and the generous support of our friends and backers

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