To Owe To One: a song-a-moon from Analog Moon [UPDATED for May]

Analog Moon – To Owe To One (2021)

2021 is here, and so are we… still… somehow. We’re celebrating the year by releasing a song per moon. We’ll release a new song on every full moon of the year. Go count them. (I already did – there are twelve.) And to honor that moon, we’ve named this album To Owe To One. In 2017, we did a similar project called To Owe One’s Heaven, and had a lot of fun with it. We hope to build on that idea but with more cohesion this time around.

Songs will be available to stream at analogmoon.bandcamp.com/album/to-owe-to-one and some may have additional media/material available elsewhere. Watch Analog Moon’s social media outlets for announcements:

(instagram.com/analogmoon, twitter.com/analogmoon, facebook.com/analogmoon)

Wolf | Snow Moon | Worm | Pink Moon | Flower | (June) | (July) | (August) | (September) | (October) | (November) | (December)
 

Analog Moon: Wolf (January 2021)
#1 (January 28, 2021): Wolf

He was a centaur, moon-eyed and wild of name, torn apart with hunger for the golden world.

-Thomas Wolfe, Look Homeward, Angel

⁣⁣Tonight is the Wolf Moon. And so today we offer you “Wolf” to celebrate our new year’s first full moon. ⁣⁣This song is inspired by the writings of Asheville’s favorite son, Thomas Wolfe, after returning from Europe in 1936.




I… I Have a Thing to Tell You
And it won’t sound nice
So close your eyes
Back before we crossed
On the snow and ice
I heard the cries

I always run alone
But I’m always looking home for you
If the world has passed you by
Run away and hide; 108 in time

I always run alone
But I’m always looking home for you
If the world has passed you by
Run away and hide; 108 in time

Oh I have a thing to tell you
And it’s sound advice
Open your eyes
The world has lost direction
And it can’t be right
I run in the night
Nun Will Ich Ihnen ‘Was Sagen
You must hear my call
There’s no time at all
So cry, cry at the top of your lungs
‘Cause you run alone
And you can’t go home

Released January 28, 2021
Words and Music by Todd Britton
Todd Britton: Synth Drums, Synth Keys, Guitars, Vocals
Josh Sullivan: Keys, Backing Vocals

Analog Moon: Snow Moon (February 2021)
#2 (February 27, 2021): Snow Moon

The way a crow⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
Shook down on me⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
The dust of snow⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
From a hemlock tree⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
Has given my heart⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
A change of mood⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
And saved some part⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
Of a day I had rued.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

-Robert Frost, Dust of Snow

⁣⁣Tonight is the Snow Moon. It’s been a hard year, and the winter has been particularly rough. The distance between us seems like an ocean as of late. Reach out to one another. Encourage one another. Don’t forget to tell the people in your life that you care, and if they should need inspiration, give them a gentle nudge.




Let’s have an honest discussion about ambivalence
You know I would love to see you move
And this riding the fence has gotten so old to you, I know
Even when you’ve got nothing to prove

Take a breath and put one foot in front of you
The calculation is written in your eyes
It doesn’t matter what’s going on, the noise that blocks the song
Rise above it and focus on the prize

It’s no move to sit and wonder
It’s no move to play it snug
It’s no move to hide behind your fears or surrender to the drug
It’s no move to lie beneath the heavy pressure of the day
Steal yourself and move, this is the way

You’re inhibition will be your last undoing
Lying down in the safety you hold dear
What will you do when you’ve lived a life of ordinary plans
Maybe you shouldn’t focus on your fear

It’s no move to sit and wonder
It’s no move to play it snug
It’s no move to hide behind your fears or surrender to the drug
It’s no move to lie beneath the heavy pressure of the day
Steal yourself and move, this is the way

It’s no move
It’s no move
It’s no move
Surrender to the drug
It’s no move
It’s no move…

Released February 27, 2021
Words and Music by Todd Britton
Todd Britton: Synth Drums, Synth Keys, Guitars, Vocals
Josh Sullivan: Keys, Vocals

#3 (March 28, 2021): Worm
Analog Moon: Worm (March 2021)

Out—out are the lights—out all!   
   And, over each quivering form,
The curtain, a funeral pall,
   Comes down with the rush of a storm,   
While the angels, all pallid and wan,   
   Uprising, unveiling, affirm
That the play is the tragedy, “Man,”   
   And its hero, the Conqueror Worm.

-Edgar Allan Poe,
from The Conqueror Worm

Tonight is the Worm Moon, and we’re all crawling out of hibernation, shaking off the flannel and wool to bask in the warmth of summer once again. With a freshly honed appreciation for fresh air, we’ll all be gathering soon, faces covered or not. Our third installment of To Owe To One is a collaboration with a friend of a friend who has become a friend himself. Our occasional bass player, Matt, used to tell us stories of his friend Alex while we procrastinated in the practice space. Alex lives a few hours away and travels even more often than we do, but eventually we met and of course, hit it off. I asked Alex to join us for “Worm” because I thought the subject was ripe for creative interpretation, and what better medium for worm interpretation than the tangle of cables and clusters of buttons and lights found in the realm of modular synthesis. So from our own devices and across the void of the internet, we volleyed ideas back and forth until one had traction. Alex’s initial creation was originally intended to be chopped up, reconfigured, and arranged, but in the end was left almost entirely unchanged. It writhes below the surface of the song like worms, bringing life from the decay. Too much? Listen and be the judge.⁣

Special thanks to Alex (@alexmaiolo) for his worms and to Manue (@mnlsps) for her invaluable help with the French translations for Josh’s verse. Collaboration is all the rage this season.⁣⁣

When I wake up, so do the worms, rising to the surface of my mind
When I lie down they rest, casting all their ruin close behind
I do not so much see them, but I know they’re there
And it is mutual, of me they are aware
I and the worms working toward an end; In the darkness we’re all blind

Ooh, reciprocate my love
You never fall short of 
A specimen devine

When I emerge so does the man; C’est notre rendez-vous du jour
He takes his seat, I take my place; Je le reagarde toujours
We are not friends or foes, but we share a goal
Each of us serves our task; Each of us plays our role
I and the man, we are dismantling his delusions of

Released March 28, 2021
Words and Music by Todd Britton, Josh Sullivan, and Alex Maiolo
Todd Britton: Synth Drums, Synth Keys, Guitars, Vocals
Josh Sullivan: Keys, Vocals
Alex Maiolo: Modular Synth

#4 (April 26, 2021): Pink Moon (words and music by Nick Drake)
Analog Moon: Pink Moon (April 26, 2021)

There all the borders, trimmed with box, were filled with favourite flowers, with phlox, with lupins, pinks, and hollyhocks, beneath a red may-tree; and all the gardens full of folk that their own little language spoke, but not to You and Me.

-J R R Tolkien
from The Little House of Lost Play (Mar Vanwa Tyalieva)

April 26, 2021. It’s said that the Pink Moon is so called for the pink moss phlox that blooms in early Spring. It’s hard for me to hear the words without thinking of Nick Drake. I’ll admit that my first memory of his song, Pink Moon, was from a Volkswagen commercial I saw on television while I lived in Charleston in the late 90s.  In the more than two decades since, it hasn’t left regular rotation.  Certain seasons bring it out, and strangely enough not particularly Spring. But for this occasion, we’re paying homage as best we can.

Saw it written and I saw it say
Pink moon is on its way
And none of you stand so tall
Pink moon gonna get ye all
And it’s a pink moon
Hey it’s a pink moon
Pink, pink, pink, pink, pink moon
Pink, pink, pink, pink, pink moon
I saw it written and I saw it say
Pink moon is on its way
And none of you stand so tall
Pink moon gonna get ye all
It’s a pink moon
Yea, it’s a pink moon

-Pink Moon by Nick Drake

Released April 26, 2021
Words and Music by Nick Drake
Todd Britton: Synth Drums, Guitars, Pedal Steel, Vocals
Josh Sullivan: Synth, Vocals

#5 (May 26, 2021): Flower
Analog Moon: Flower (May 2021)

It bloomed and wilted
And with it went my sorrow
And also my joy

-Todd Britton, Flower Haiku

May is my birth month and also brings us the Flower Moon. As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers,” or as the saying went before, “March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers,” or as the saying now goes, “Analog Moon’s song-a-moon album brings May Flowers.”

The last time we did this serial-style album format we did a song per month. It was in 2017, and in May, as a gift to myself for my birthday, I cowrote a song with my two dear friends and bandmates, Josh Sullivan and Matt Gentling. We called it Mayday, and we all shared the duties of singing and playing instruments on the recording. It never made it into our regular live rotation, and in fact, we never actually played it together again. But I still go back and listen to it on occasion, and it means a lot to me.

For this album, I took a different approach for May and wrote and recorded a song by myself. If nothing else, it helped me realize how much I like working with my friends to make music and how much of a social and therapeutic exercise that is. But there’s something to be said for spending time with yourself as well. And in songwriting and arranging, you get to stretch muscles that don’t always get stretched. Things move more quickly, and you can be more accepting of some things and more critical of others. As it were, I procrastinated on this one and packed the whole activity into about half of a day, from concept to mix, so pardon the demo-esque nature of it. It’s more evident in this one than even the others. But it grew quickly and bloomed, and in a day or two, I’ll be on to the next. Don’t be afraid of a flower.

God, please look at my hands
They are open to you

Don’t be afraid of a flower
Don’t let it rule your life either
Pick just what you need
And pass it on to your lover
Don’t be afraid of a flower

Don’t let the world go by you
See it for what it means to you
Follow when you lose your way
And lead when you can’t follow
Don’t let the world go by you

Don’t live another’s wonder
Find a journey just for you
Trust in solitude when you can
Until you find another
Then share your bed with your lover
And don’t be afraid of a flower

Released May 26, 2021
Words and Music by Todd Britton
Todd Britton: Guitars, Vocals, Percussion

#6 (June 24, 2021): Strawberry Moon

Ugh. The name of this one…very un-Analog Moon. Stay tuned?

Debut of Analog Moon’s “2020” Live Stage Rig

New rig debut on May 4 at Local 604 in West AshevilleAfter months (years?) of burnt fingers, inhaled solder fumes, mild shocks, cuts, bruises, confusion, and revision hell, we’re debuting our updated live stage rig at Local 604 Bottle Shop in West Asheville on May 4.

For the technically-inclined/curious, the rig update included simplifying the hookup to the Ableton Live interface, a cleaner output panel on the “brain” (rack containing Audio and Midi interfaces, effects, DIs, and inputs from onstage mics and instruments), and the most significant update – four “station” interfaces with multi-channel EDAC snakes to send audio and data back and forth to the main rig of “brain”. These interfaces and the main panel were built with the help of Asheville Makers (http://ashevillemakers.org) using CNC and laser cutting technology.

The guitar rig got an extensive upgrade, integrating it with the main rig and adding multi-channel snake cables to streamline setup. The keyboard rig got the same treatment along with a lighter keyboard controller to replace the Roland Fantom x8. The synth station got a small rig interface in Eurorack format, as we plan to phase out the Moogerfooger bank and replace it with a Eurorack system in the future.

So come out, say hello, drink a beer, and hang out while we stress test this thing.
Facebook Event Page: www.facebook.com/events/640595399687460

Main Rig


Guitar Rig


Keyboard Rig


Synth Rig

Analog Moon Provides Original Score for Short Film, Endless Cycle (2018)

Endless Cycle is “the story of how Dan attempts to banish a blood-sucking basement dwelling creature in hopes to accomplish a pain-free load of laundry” and is now available to view on Vimeo! Analog Moon provides some creepy retro horror-flick soundtrack material. Winston-Salem area production house, The Magic Shop slammed as much creepy and funny as physically possible into an 8½-minute film. We had so much fun and learned so much about the process when creating the theme music and now we have an IMDB page!. Thanks so much, Darren Hummel and Mark Scearce for the opportunity. So check it out, turn it up, and turn off the lights.

Endless Cycle – The Magic Shop

To Owe One’s Heaven: a song-a-month from Analog Moon [UPDATED for December]

 Analog Moon - To Owe One's HeavenFor the duration of the year 2017, Analog Moon will be releasing a song every month, culminating in a complete album at the end of the year. Consider it a slow stream of consciousness. Don’t expect cohesion. Don’t expect polished perfection. This is an experiment, or rather, an opportunity to experiment. Styles and genres will likely change from month to month. Even the participants will probably change fairly frequently. It’s the world right now, as observed from the Analog Moon. ?

Songs will be available to stream at soundcloud.com/analogmoon/sets/to-owe-ones-heaven and some may have additional media/material available elsewhere. Watch Analog Moon’s social media outlets for announcements:

(instagram.com/analogmoon, twitter.com/analogmoon, facebook.com/analogmoon)

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November
 

#1 (January):

If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next (Manic Street Preachers Cover)

January 20 – It’s 2017 and what a start. Forgive our cynicism, but we have just forgone electing a leader in favor of hiring a crooked petulant manchild to host our reality TV nation state. We felt Manic Street Preachers said it best, though their ballad is about Welsh volunteers fighting Francisco Franco’s fascists for the Spanish Republic. The sentiment is timeless. God save us all. – Analog Moon

 

#2 (February):

February

February 14 – When in doubt, look to your heroes. Perhaps a hero will make a cameo appearance in this month’s song. Anyway, it’s February. And it’s Valentine’s Day. Love somebody. Love everybody. – Analog Moon

 

#3 (March):

March!

March 30 – I feel inspired – inspired to write, inspired to play and sing, inspired to be a part of something bigger than myself. And I feel inspired to march. I love you, and I’ll see you out there. – Todd

 

#4 (April):

Fool (Perfume Genius cover)

April 28 – Yeah, I know this isn’t out in time for April Fools Day. It’s barely in time for April. We never promised punctuality. This is a song by one of my favorite artists, Mike Hadreas a.k.a. Perfume Genius. Covers are tricky for me, because I feel like one should always honor the original without trying to mimic. I hope we’ve brought something to this song, but I encourage you to check out Perfume Genius’s version along with the rest of his catalog. He has a new album coming out in a week. – Todd

 

#5 (May):

Mayday

May 11 – Today is my 40th birthday. I don’t feel 40. Maybe I should. Maybe it’s irresponsible not to feel your age and to eschew the things that people your age typically do. My friends and I made a song for my birthday. Josh, Matt, and I wrote one together and each took a singing part. It was a blast, and I couldn’t have asked for a better present from the Analog Moon guys. You’ll have to figure out the themes for yourself. I’m not even sure we were singing about the same thing (probably not). Enjoy. – Todd

 

#6 (June):

Junebug

July 21 – I know we didn’t manage to get a song out in June. It was written, but we didn’t get it properly recorded, so here’s a demo. I slammed this one and July’s song out on acoustic instruments around the studio. Written for Liz, my muse. Hope you enjoy. – Todd

 

#7 (July):

Jewel and Bug

July 21 – This is another acoustic one that kinda spun off of June’s song. We’ve officially crossed the halfway point on this project, so I think these two (June and July) will make a good centerpiece. They’re both inspired by our love of wondering the planet. There’s a lot to see. Get out there. – Todd

 

#8 (August):

Ágúst

August 23 – This month marked the 1-year anniversary of a trip to Iceland I took with Liz and two of our closest friends, Brian and Shea. It was a life-changing experience, and I would recommend it to anyone with a penchant for mind-blowing natural wonders. A little over a year prior, Josh also visited Iceland. Our individual experiences have been the fodder of much evening beer-fueled discourse. We all agree that you leave Iceland a different person than you arrived. “Ágúst” is Icelandic for “August”, the month of our trip. Merriam-Webster defines the adjective “August” as “marked by majestic dignity or grandeur”. Coincidentally, that’s exactly how I would define Iceland. This is our attempt at expressing that musically in a bite-size consumable medium. By all means, don’t take our word for it, but if you go, leave it exactly how you found it.

Liz edited together some short videos we took on various devices that we had with us. I won’t pretend that this is anything near experiencing Iceland in person, but it’s as close an approximation as we could manage. And I think Liz did an excellent job on the editing. I recommend fullscreen and speakers cranked. So here it is: Ágúst – Todd

 

#9 (September):

Harvest Mind

October 19 – Yeah, yeah, we’re late on another one. We’ll let Josh take this one: This song of the month project has been such a learning experience. I think it has really given Todd, Matt and I the flexibility to explore some new (to us) genres in the practice space and studio, with no pressure for some type of cohesiveness from song to song.
 
Some of these songs have been based on small progressions or lyrics that we have had tucked away individually. Some, like September’s “Harvest Mind” were written and recorded during a single practice. What I really appreciate about this track is the collaboration and raw nature of the recording. I think it really captures what an evening in the practice space is like. We hope you are enjoying listening to these as much as we are enjoying producing them. – Josh


 

#10 (October):

Halloween Theme (Analog Moon Remix)

October 31 – Happy Halloween, ghouls and boils! Here’s a little treat to scare your pants off – John Carpenter’s Halloween (Main Title Theme) Analog Moon Remix. – Todd

 

#11 (November):

November Brain (featuring Jeff Kozelski)

November 10 – November steals another one… This song was originally written a couple of years ago when I was visiting my friend and occasional Analog Moon bass player, Jeff, down in Charleston, SC. We wrote and recorded a couple of demos that weekend, and this track is a rework of one of those demos. It already had “November” in the title, so it just seemed to fit. It’s a prison love story. That’s Jeff singing the lead vocal and playing rhythm guitar and bass. I only recently recorded the guitar solo, re-recorded my backing vocal and got Josh to add a harmony, as well. Jeff has a new album coming out really soon, so keep your eyes peeled. – Todd

 

#12 (December):

Fin

December 29 – For our last song in this series, Josh brought in this chord progression and a few rough melodies, and what resulted might be my favorite demo of the year. After I added some beats and a little guitar and Matt cut a bass line, it was all but finished (except for vocals). It’s really been a fun project, and it’s certainly been very challenging at time. Not really sure where to go from here. But for now… fin. – Todd

Saint Patrick’s UpCountry: Benefiting Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Analog Moon will be performing at UpCountry Brewing to benefit Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Analog Moon will be performing at UpCountry Brewing to benefit Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Join us at UpCountry Brewing in West Asheville on March 17th for Saint Patrick’s UpCountry to raise awareness for Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Proceeds will aid the ATC in their mission to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s vision is to connect the human spirit with nature – preserving the delicate majesty of the Trail as a haven for all to enjoy.

We are committed to nurture and protect this sacred space through education and inspiration. We strive to create an ever-expanding community of doers and dreamers, and work to ensure that tomorrow’s generations will experience the same mesmerizing beauty we behold today.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy.Representatives from ATC will be available to answer questions and provide information about their mission and how you can get involved in helping to protect one of our nation’s most treasured outdoor spaces. Analog Moon will be performing a set around 9:00 PM.

For updates, RSVP to the Facebook event below.

 

New Album! IO to be Released on September 23

Analog Moon: IO (2016)
Analog Moon: IO (2016)

IO, the third studio LP by Asheville, NC’s Analog Moon, will be released on September 23. Six new songs explore mind migration from human to machine. Will technology enable us to survive past an aging body? If so, how will we change?

Celebrate the release of IO with Analog Moon at The Mothlight in West Asheville, NC on Friday, September 23.

IO is available for preorder in card-sized USB flash drive and CD format at analogmoon.com

Stay tuned for songs and more details…