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Billy Blackgun
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Billy Blackgun I wish I could come up with more words to describe how truly wonderful this album is. It's simply beautiful, and moves me like few albums ever have. Favorite track: The Big Slide.
Terence J. Miles
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Terence J. Miles Intelligent and innovative, yet accessible. Each listening reveals new treasures.
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epseja Heterotopia is a captivating, deft blend of rock and prog with stylistic dashes of melancholic theater and pop. The brilliant story behind he music is a dystopian journey best enjoyed in one uninterrupted sitting so the tale can play out in its fullest form. The album is so laden with highlight moments that it's hard to choose a favorite

Then, once you are a Schooltree fan, don't forget to check out Lainey's self-titled album as well! Favorite track: The Abyss.
Sven B. Schreiber (sbs)
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Sven B. Schreiber (sbs) With this extensive labor of love, which kept her busy for no less than four years, Lainey Schooltree is reaching for the stars. While she dubs this magnum opus an "art-rock opera", it's actually not an opera in the strict sense, because all characters in the plot are interpreted by Lainey Schooltree herself, so it's more of a concept album with distributed roles. Despite being a highly ambitious effort, the album fortunately doesn't get lost in exaggeration, and the 99 minutes it comprises are largely free of unnecessary lengths and fillers. Like on the preceding two works, Lainey Schooltree keeps true to the musical heritage of Kate Bush and Tori Amos, which I appreciate very much. A clear candidate for the "album of the year 2017" award. Favorite track: Overture.
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cjackson2116 Totally fantastic from start to finish - this is definitely one of my favorite albums this year. Bought this in May and still listen to it constantly. Great vocals, lyrics and compositions. Hope another album is in the works! Favorite track: The Big Slide.
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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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    Includes Year of the Cat Centipede digital poster, plot synopsis, and text only libretto (fully illustrated libretto available at http://schooltreemusic.com/store ).
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  • 2nd Edition 2-disc CD Digipak
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    Back by popular demand, this 2nd edition has all new awesome artwork, featuring illustrations by Amanda Watkins that appear in the book companion to the album.

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    Beautiful gatefold 2-Disc digipak, with artwork by Crystal Araiza and Peter Danilchuk.

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Overture 06:01
Rocksinger 02:28
The Abyss 05:37
Radio 02:42
Specter Lyfe 04:52
Dead Girl 04:55
You and I 03:33
The River 04:26
Utopia 04:25


CDs and illustrated book available at schooltreemusic.com/store

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/


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

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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Schooltree Boston, Massachusetts

From dark lullaby of the doomed to shredding anthem of the righteous, Schooltree is art rock for dark times.

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