Exilarch (album)

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Exilarch
Studio album by Conjure One
Released October 19, 2010 (2010-10-19)
Genre Electronica, ethnic electronica, downtempo
Length 65:32
Label Nettwerk
Producer Rhys Fulber
Conjure One chronology
Extraordinary Ways
(2005)
Exilarch
(2010)
Singles from 'Exilarch'
  1. "I Dream in Colour"
    Released: June 29, 2010
  2. "Like Ice"
    Released: April 12, 2011

Crafted by Canadian producer Rhys Fulber, Exilarch is the third studio album released under his alias Conjure One, after five years since the previous effort. The album was initially released as a worldwide digital download on October 19, 2010, while the physical release was made available in the US on November 9, 2010.[1] The CD was eventually also released in UK and Europe on April 15, 2011.[2]

Overview[edit]

Exilarch, with its title referring to the Jewish leaders of the Babylonian Exile, is a nomadic album that travels between light and dark, meticulously incorporating electronic beats, lush textures and haunting vocals. By fusing organic instrumentations of the ancient east with synthetic electronics of the modern west, it presents a strong example of Conjure One's signature style.

The album spawned two singles ahead of its release. First out was the 7 track remix EP "I Dream in Colour", released on June 29, 2010.[3] The song features vocals by Leah Randi, who also has a prominent role on the album for providing bass guitar and backing vocals. The single also featured an additional album track, "Places that Don't Exist".

The second single, "Like Ice", sees a guest appearance by American singer and songwriter Jaren. It was initially released for streaming only through Conjure One's official Myspace,[4] but was later released as the album's second 7 track remix EP on April 12, 2011.[5]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Guest vocalist Producer Co-writer(s) Length
1. "Like Ice" Jaren Rhys Fulber Peter Wright 06:04
2. "Places that Don't Exist" Rhys Fulber Leah Randi 06:02
3. "Zephyr" Jaren Rhys Fulber Jaren Cerf, Jamie Muhoberac 04:58
4. "Nargis" Azam Ali Rhys Fulber Azam Ali, Jamie Muhoberac 05:59
5. "Nomadic Code" Rhys Fulber Jamie Muhoberac 08:50
6. "The Distance" Jaren Rhys Fulber Jaren Cerf, Jamie Muhoberac 03:55
7. "I Dream in Colour" Leah Randi Rhys Fulber Peter Wright, Christopher Elliot 06:33
8. "Demon Inside" Rhys Fulber 05:14
9. "Existential Exile" Leah Randi Rhys Fulber Leah Randi 05:51
10. "Run for Cover" Free Dominguez Rhys Fulber Free Dominguez 06:25
11. "Oligarch" Rhys Fulber Christopher Elliot 05:10

Bonus track[edit]

"Demon Inside" is exclusive to the digital release and the UK / Europe physical.[6]

Credits[edit]

Produced, mixed and programmed by Rhys Fulber. Multitrack mastering, additional engineering, and mixing on track 1 by Greg Reely. Master assembled by Craig Waddell.

Lead vocals by Jaren Cerf (track 1, 3 and 6), Leah Randi (tracks 7 and 9), Azam Ali (track 4), and Free Dominguez (track 10). Bass guitar and additional backing vocals by Leah Randi. Additional Keyboards by Jamie Muhoberac. Guitars by Emerson Swinford. Strings on tracks 7 and 11 arranged by Chris Elliott and performed by Wired Strings. Cello on track 1 by Mark Jowett. Additional drum loop on track 11 by Daniel Myer. Technical support by Frank Verschuuren, Glen Reely, Rick Smith and Jaroslaw Baran. Recorded at Surplus Sound, Los Angeles, and British Grove Studios, London.

Track 5 contains elements of "Chuma Che Nledi Nkwigaila" from the recording Tanzania Instrumentals, courtesy of Stitching Sharp Wood Productions. Track 8 derived from "Hollow Inside," written by Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks.

Cover art and design by Michał Karcz. Conjure One logo by John Rummen.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Conjure One's official website. Conjure One. Archived from the original on November 30, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  2. ^ "Soulfood Music Distribution WM07" (PFD) (in German). Soulfood Entertainment. April 1, 2011. Archived from the original on November 30, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ "I Dream in Colour" at Beatport. Catalog# N000264DIG. Beatport.com. June 29, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  4. ^ Conjure One (September 17, 2010). "Like Ice and Exilarch". Myspace.com. Archived from the original on November 30, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Like Ice" at Beatport. Catalog# N000267DIG. Beatport.com. April 4, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  6. ^ Conjure One - Exilarch (CD, Album) at Discogs. Discogs.com. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  7. ^ Information extracted from liner notes.