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Prog Ensemble Tautologic Release Re:Psychle

Tautologic release Re:Psychle,an Album of Songs About Chicago and About Healing inspired by real-life Chicagoans.

Beginning in early 2018, Re:Psychle will be available through the band’s own label – Turtle Down Music (http://www.turtledown.com) – and at Tautologic’s live performances. The album will also be available as a download from Bandcamp, CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.

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Based in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Tautologic bandleader Ethan Sellers is an alumnus of the University of Chicago. Written within blocks of the University and the Obama mansion, Sellers’ songs for Re:Psychle document people he has met around the Chicago area.

Addiction and mental illness color many of their stories, and the lyrics open up windows on a host of topics – veterans’ issues, tension between religious belief and a secular society, addiction, conspiracy theories, materialism, mental health, celebrity culture, and the need for re-connection with nature.

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Says Ethan, “Re:Psychle is a multi-layered title. It’s obviously a pun on ‘recycle,’ which is sort of a cheeky reference to the fact that the album took so long to come out that it might seem like we were recycling old material. ‘Re:’ also means ‘about’ – and it’s about ‘psychle,’ which is a portmanteau of ‘Psych’ (from the Greek for breath, spirit, or soul, with modern connotations from the field of psychology) and cycle, both in the sense of things that repeat and the mode of transportation. Indeed, two songs on the album revolve around bicycles, including ‘The Choirboy,’ about an acquaintance who was convicted of robbing 10 banks in 7 states, using only a bicycle as his getaway vehicle.

In the end, Re:Psychle is about problems of the spirit that keep coming back.

“My goal with these songs was not to present a parade of local oddities, but to use real people’s struggles to highlight issues with wider resonance.”

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U.S. and European reviewers have compared Tautologic’s songs to Genesis, Gentle Giant, Beatles, and Fairport Convention – and Re:Psychle will no doubt expand upon that impressive list of comparisons. In addition to Tautologic’s potent 6-piece lineup, Sellers’s arrangements for strings and woodwinds add musical color. Special guests include members of Grammy award-winning chamber group Eighth Blackbird and Grammy-nominated acid jazz band Liquid Soul.

Sellers engineered the recording at his own studio space in Hyde Park (Chicago, IL), with additional tracking taking place at Rax Trax Recording in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. The album was mixed in 2006 by Grammy-nominated producer Rick Barnes at Rax Trax and mastered in 2017 by Grammy-nominated engineer Randy LeRoy at Airshow Mastering. For the 11 years in between, Sellers postponed the album’s release while starting a family and weathering the Recession as a professional musician, but the band continued to perform.

Jim DeRogatis of NPR’s Sound Opinions radio show calls Tautologic’s music “an impressively ambitious example of virtuosic musicianship and deft arrangements navigating myriad sounds and styles without ever losing that essential melodic thread or propulsive rock drive.”

In support of the band’s new release, Tautologic will play several shows before heading back into the studio. They have a follow-up that’s about 80% recorded.

Sellers concludes, “We seem to be at a turning point – politically, socially, economically, culturally, and economically. The price of repeating the same mistakes (recycling them, as it were) is getting very high. People who struggle at the margins are often ‘canaries in the coal mine’ – they can tell us how the everyday toxicity of modern life hurts the most sensitive of us. It’s up to us as a society to listen to their stories – not simply dismiss them for their foibles – and work to make a liveable world for everyone.”

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Purchase direct from Turtle Down Music: http://turtledown.com
Band site: http://www.tautologic.com
Album info, lyrics, credits, back-story, videos, etc.: http://repsychle.tautologic.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tautologic
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/tautologic/playlists

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