Monday, November 30, 2015

Threes Too (Remastered)

Threes Too

A newly remastered version of the instrumental Threes Too is now available at CDBaby and ReverbNation.

The song was originally the final track on the album Life or Dessert?. The CD has gone out-of-print, and while downloads are always available, the general sound of the instrumental piece - while the best that could be done at the time - wasn't all that it could have been.

The remastered version takes a solid step forward toward improving the overall sound and balance of the track. You can hear it in the player on this page, and download it from our ReverbNation page. 

If you prefer a FLAC file, head over to our CD Baby page. 

More Gravity Tree music is on the way...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The 12 minute White Elephant in the Studio

I knew we were in trouble when we were making a list of the songs in development and I bring up the longest piece we were (supposed to be) working on, and my guitarist's response was "oh I forgot about that one".

At that point, I got the feeling that the Gravity Tree '3rd album project' (for lack of a decent name) was starting to resemble Brian Wilson's "Smile", which as I recall, took him some 30-odd years to complete. The path to completing the album started to resemble a gauntlet. So I thought "perhaps I should quit".

Just one problem: I am not a quitter. So I ask myself (or was that David Byrne), "self, how did I get here?"...and I'll skip all of the pondering that followed...

I still believe this music has some merit and I need to get it out. I think "need" is the correct term here. So although our schedules are pretty much jam-packed with other gigs and projects and solo albums and commercial soundtrack music and all manner of life events, I'm trying to see this thing to its end, and then decide what needs to happen. Once music is completed and released, it becomes something else. It is no longer the "project".

That 12 minute piece may not be making it onto this release. Said guitarist has since stated he thinks it is further away than that to an ending. But we have a couple of finished things, a lot of almost-finished pieces, and some hardly started work that might go faster at this point.

We're not a government, so I guess I should call this the State-of-the-Project or something. We're moving past the 12-minute White Elephant in the Studio. We've acknowledged the time spent on it might not have been practical, and time will tell if and when it is released if any of the investment pays dividends or not, creatively speaking. But there are other (perhaps better) pieces that we think you might enjoy. And we're all over that.

I will reserve release dates for another blog. For now, I reiterate that new music is coming. If you need an indicator (and who would blame you), when it begins to appear, this page will change. Haters, get ready to hate. You are nothing compared to a musical elephant.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The End of the Beginning

The last day of the first month of a new year finds Linc and myself trying to work on some of his (solo) project, and a couple of the next Gravity Tree pieces.

It was decided that an update here was needed as we have not communicated since the holidays were in full-swing. We are still here. New music is in development.

And there will be a more informative announcement in the next few weeks.

Until then, some of our noise is streaming (for free) on our Power of Prog page...

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Gravity Tree on Slacker

Those who use Slacker for their web music and streaming needs can find us here:

You can find our album ULTIMATE BACKWARD

and our earlier album LIFE OR DESSERT?...

...More news soon.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Free fan-only CWTD Halloween Download

Here we are in late October, already!

Some of you have noticed Gravity Tree on the various social networks as we promote our seasonally appropriate song, Conversing with the Dead (aka CWTD). We didn't write it that way; it just seems to fall into the Halloween camp.

The new material is still being hatched as it were. Meanwhile, we thought we'd share CWTD with our friends and fans who might not have grabbed it here or have yet to own the album on which it originally appeared, ULTIMATE BACKWARD.

So if you're already on our email list (or sign up quick!), you'll be able to get a free download of CWTD. Just head over to our page at ReverbNation to download Conversing with the Dead or use this link:

It's a small way of doing something for Halloween for our friends and fans to say "thanks".

(Full disclaimer: The download is the original version of CWTD. If you want the 2011 remastered hi-resolution version, it's on BandCamp for just a buck; we couldn't work out the freebie there and can't post the hi-rez stuff with ReverbNation yet.)

This freebie is only offered through Halloween (October 31st) at which time it turns into a pumpkin? don't delay.

To recap:

Conversing with the Dead. FREE MP3. Now through Friday midnight PDT.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The End of Life or Dessert?

If you've followed our Tweets, you know that our album Life or Dessert? is out-of-print. It is now at a point where new copies are scarce.

So it seemed worthwhile to rundown where CDs are still available just in case anyone put off picking it up until the very last minute...Life or Dessert?
As of the date of this blog:

CDBaby: 2 copies in stock

Amazon: 1 copy in stock

(The Amazon page says "more on the way" but we're not sure where they could be getting these; the usual distributor has only 1 copy in their warehouse.)

HBDirect states they have "low stock", which we believe to mean they have 1 copy

...and that's it. Every other store we know of says "unavailable" or "out-of-stock". After a lengthy search, we sent off the last couple of new copies we were able to find anywhere to CDBaby a few weeks ago.

Of course you can always download Life or Dessert? from a dozen or so sites. All legitimate download and steaming sites we know of are listed on our Links page.

One other thing to be said here about downloads is that we miss all the artwork you can get with a physical CD. Most download sites might give you the front cover, rarely the back, and almost never include the insert artwork. Some of the sensory experience one can have in listening and looking at a new album is now lost in these digital download versions. We hope the artwork all comes back, and that download sites will make a greater effort to include the visual experience, perhaps in a pdf or something - the term digital booklet is thrown around now and that is fine as well.

Also note that Gravity Tree currently has no plans to re-release Life or Dessert?, but if there were enough interest of course it would be considered - most likely as a special remastered something or other.

Until then it appears we might have reached the end of Life or Dessert?

Gravity Tree would like to thank all the friends and fans who have supported the group with their ownership of a copy of Life or Dessert?, either physical or digital. More music is on its way...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Gravity Tree @ Beats Music

Those who have been paying attention have already noticed a Beats Music logo on the links page on this site...So the story goes like this:

Beats Music Gravity Tree were on a site called MOG, and had all the currently released music up there. One day recently that changed: MOG was taken over by the company that runs Beats Music; in an unexpected twist, they decided to keep all of this #ProgRock noise online. Does that mean Gravity Tree is trendy?

The main Gravity Tree page on Beats Music:

...and the short url:

A short url for Ultimate Backward on Beats:

BTW our earlier album Life or Dessert? is getting pretty hard to find as it is out-of-print, so while you may not be able to buy a CD, you can still download it, or now go to Beats and listen.

Here is the short url for Life or Dessert? at Beats:

More new places to find Gravity Tree music will post soon...