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Secret Machines – Stream Their First New Album in 12 Years

Awake in the Brain Chamber Out Now via TSM Recordings

Aug 21, 2020 Secret Machines
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Secret Machines (Brandon Curtis and Josh Garza) have released their first new album in 12 years, Awake in the Brain Chamber, today via TSM Recordings. Now that it’s out you can stream the whole thing here.

Previously Secret Machines shared the album’s first single, “Talos’ Corpse.” Then they shared another song from it, “Everything Starts,” which featured guitar work by the late Benjamin Curtis (a former founding member of the band) and was one of our Songs of the Week.

The band’s last album was Secret Machines, which was their third and released in 2008. That was the first album without Benjamin Curtis, who left the band to focus on his other project School of Seven Bells, leaving his brother Brandon Curtis and Josh Garza to continue on with the project. Alas Benjamin Curtis passed away in 2013 because of T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma cancer, at the young age of 35. Brandon Curtis says his late brother’s sonic fingerprints are all over Awake in the Brain Chamber.

“I began writing these songs at a time I remember feeling alone and lost, and I think the songs have that in their DNA,” said Brandon in a previous press release. “I started sharing early versions with Benjamin who gave me notes as well as encouragement. I am sure that without his influence this album would never have seen the light of day.”

Brandon continued: “While reworking the tracks, Josh and I were careful to retain whatever influence Benjamin had as a sort of living tribute to him. I know that Josh and I both feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity to work with him again, albeit posthumously. I know we are both very proud to present this as the first Secret Machines music in over a decade.”

Secret Machines’ core lineup is Brandon Curtis and Josh Garza. The album also features Benjamin Curtis, Chris Kyle, Brian Bisordi, and Sarah Pedinotti. Claudius Mittendorfer mixed the album and Joe Lambert mastered it.

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