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The Gatekeepers
Artist
The Gatekeepers
Label
Think Like A Key Music
Catalogue Number
TLAK1136
Release Date
November 11, 2022
  • Vinyl 1×LP, Limited Coloured

    $24.98

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    • Transparent Blue Vinyl
    • Illustrated Lyric Insert
    • 3mm Spined Cover, Gloss Finish
    • Hand numbered limited edition (#1-100)
  • Vinyl Standard Edition Vinyl

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    • 140g Black Vinyl
    • Illustrated Lyric Insert
    • 3mm Spined Cover, Gloss Finish
    • Hand numbered limited edition (#101-333)
  • CD

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    • Gatefold, Glossy Digi-Ecosleeve
    • 10pg Leporello Lyric Insert
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The Gatekeepers is a narrative concept album that explores the whole creative process from beginning to end. In this 12 song (and 3 interlude) cycle, the cynical aspects of marketing art and the pressure to appeal to mainstream audiences are explored, culminating in the battle for artistic freedom. A whimsical and bizarre feel pervades the satisfying blend of progressive and left-field rock, jazz, and folk that accompanies the precise and biting lyric.

The Gatekeepers album creates a captivating musical contrast with a strong DIY lo-fi ethos. Occasionally hypnotic, sometimes turbulent, the eclectic mix is reminiscent of The Lamb Lies Down Broadway, Of Montreal, Kurt Weill, Canterbury prog such as National Health and Hatfield & The North, all with a nod to Zappa.

The album's composer and mastermind Alex Wroten is joined by an array of highly acclaimed and unconventional vocalists to bring the story to life: The Residents, Shawn Phillips, Brian Poole (Renaldo & The Loaf), R. Stevie Moore, Elaine di Falco (Yugen, Caveman Hughscore), Mont Campbell (Egg, National Health), Bob Drake, Amy Denio, Deborah Perry (Thinking Plague) and CHEER-ACCIDENT.

Other performers in this musical's ensemble include: drummers Morgan Ågren (Mats/Morgan Band, Frank Zappa), Jacopo Costa (Loomings), Brian Wnukowski (BIG'N, Salvation, Haymarket Riot), Rob Allum (Add N To (X)); guitarists Frédéric L'Épée (Shylock, Philharmonie, Yang), Alan Jenkins (Deep Freeze Mice, Ruth's Refrigerator), Bill Brovold (Larval, Rhys Chatham Ensemble, East Village Orchestra), Paul Lai (Upsilon Acrux), Ty Citerman (Bop Kabbalah, Gutbucket); multi-instrumentalists Dave Willey (Hamster Theatre), Robert Webb (England), Dan Britton (Deluge Grander, Birds & Buildings); flautist Emily Hay (U Totem, 5uu's); keyboardist Duncan Mackay (Cockney Rebel, 10cc); violinist Matthew Parmenter (Discipline); and additional vocalists Molly Harvey (The Residents), Wally Scharold (miRthkon), and Blaine Reininger (Tuxedomoon).

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Butterflies 2:33 Buy

    Butterflies

  2. 2 I Like the Strange Things 3:49 Buy

    I Like the Strange Things

  3. 3 A Promising Direction 2:57 Buy

    A Promising Direction

  4. 4 Who Are the Gatekeepers? 3:02 Buy

    Who Are the Gatekeepers?

  5. 5 The Professional 5:05 Buy

    The Professional

  6. 6 Ignorance 0:13
  7. 7 The Patron 3:39 Buy

    The Patron

  8. 8 Anonymity 0:13
  9. 9 The Pundit 3:27 Buy

    The Pundit

  10. 10 I Think I Like the Strange Things? 1:36 Buy

    I Think I Like the Strange Things?

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VINYL Track List

Side One

  1. Butterflies (Feat. Elaine Di Falco)
  2. I Like the Strange Things (Feat. Renaldo M)
  3. A Promising Direction (Feat. Molly Harvey)
  4. Who Are the Gatekeepers? (Feat. Cheer-Accident)
  5. The Professional (Feat. Shawn Phillips)
  6. Ignorance
  7. The Patron (Feat. the Residents)

Side Two

  1. Anonymity
  2. The Pundit (Feat. Deborah Perry)
  3. I Think I Like the Strange Things? (Feat. Renaldo M & Elaine Di Falco)
  4. Obscurity
  5. The Algorithm (Feat. Amy Denio)
  6. A Compromising Direction (Feat. Bob Drake)
  7. All the Way to the Bank (Feat. R. Stevie Moore)
  8. I Like the Normal Things
  • I Like The Strange Things (Official Lyric Video)

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