Wind sweeps through the grassy fields in far-out New Mexico. Cacti stand tall against the night sky, yearning for heaven’s tears. And in a solar-powered shack just West of nowhere, Train Conductor are making their next masterpiece.
Though Train Conductor has largely been the solo output of Albuquerque's Will Byrne, the outfit’s newest record, Geodesic, is the result of intentional collaboration. Byrne’s musical life is governed by one rule: there are no rules. Calling friends and collaborators to join him for a new record, the group convenes in a humble desert dwelling to perform these songs live in a desert field.
Grammy award-winning producer and engineer Marc Whitmore guides the group through Byrne’s idiosyncratic songs. The group agrees to capture performances live outside the studio, giving a human feel to the songs. Drummer Eric Lisuasky keeps time, with Whitmore hopping behind the kit from time to time in the spirit of collaboration. Austin Morrell rounds out the rhythm section on bass. Nolan Seidler provides lead guitar, and Michael Gibson plays keyboards. Byrne shares vocal duties with Cati Ortiz and Rayna Torres. The desert wind stops by to add some ambiance to several tracks.
Together, these folks make a sprawling record. Geodesic is like the horizon; we’ve all seen it and yet it speaks to us differently. Geodesic is a mirror, reflecting the big sky and mountains of the American West. And if you listen closely enough, you just might hear yourself in the record.
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Light (underwater volcano)’ is a romantic heartbreaker of a song. One of the goals of this track was to bring in other talented musicians from the Albuquerque area and showcase their talents in a dream-pop collaboration. This aqueous toned was written by Will Byrne, Train Conductor brainchild, and incorporated lead singer Cati Ambriz. The female voice takes you on a lyrical journey along the sequence of events that lead up to a relationship’s demise and subsequent heartbreak. The soft synths, reverb, and chorus create a unique tone that makes the listener feel like they are underwater. The title was created before the lyrics were even written, and inspired by the deep resonating synth and dreamy beat. With only a title, Cati the singer and lyricist was free to translate the tone of the instrumental into her words. The instrumental follows the feeling behind the lyrics and the lyrics follow the instrumental, creating an extraordinary conversation
Train Conductor plays with psychedelic instrumentation and noise to create music
unique to Albuquerque, NM. After
sharing the stage with Thee Oh Sees and anchoring their city’s
psychedelic scene, Train Conductor returns with their new LP, Topology. Acoustic riffs juxtapose
otherworldly melodies and ethereal vocals while the bass and drums echo from another
dimension and also deep in your chest....more