(Ae) Maeth

by Reduction Plan

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1.
An Act Of Self-Immolation
2.
Meridian
3.
04:40
4.
Preservation
5.
03:55
6.
Everything
7.
Sinking
8.
Repent
9.
(Ae) Maeth (feat. Jae Matthews)

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Reduction Plan's music comes from within solitude's frigid embrace. Pulling from 80s goth, industrial, dream-pop, as well as cacophonous no-wave, Reduction Plan uses both noise and space to illustrate the power of silence. Synth swells, hypnotic guitars, pulsing drum machines, and haunting murmurs form the foundation of the project’s sound.

What originally started as an exercise in sonic experimentation for lead vocalist, founder and project mastermind Daniel Manning has since flourished into a fully functioning three-piece band. Reduction Plan’s third full-length ‘Somewhere’ saw Manning further refining his experiments into a singular vision - an icy call from the abyss, searching for a place to belong, all the while surrounded by chorus-laiden guitars and a thick layer of reverb.

If ‘Somewhere’ was a record born in the cold and the dark, Reduction Plan’s latest ‘(Ae) Maeth’ was molded in chaos and fire. The title draws inspiration from the folktale of the Golem, a creature molded from clay and animated to life through the inscription of “æmaeth”, or “truth,” on its head, only to have that same life snuffed out by erasing the first two letters to form the word “maeth”, or “death.” ‘(Ae) Maeth’ is a search for truth in death, a hunt for meaning in the face of vast oblivion. It is a record driven by loss, anxiety, fear, chaos, and a search for purpose.

The record finds Manning expanding Reduction Plan’s sound into heavier, more distorted territory. Album opener “An Act of Self-Immolation” leads with an ominous synth hum, followed swiftly by an explosive wash of distorted guitars. Second track “Meridian” is an eerie, bass-driven dirge inspired by the turmoil and brutality of Cormac McCarthy’s seminal novel ‘Blood Meridian.’ It isn’t all doom and gloom throughout the opening moments, however, as “The River” opens with a soaring saxophone solo, bouncing drum machine groove, and shimmering, chorus-heavy guitars.

(Ae) Maeth marks the first time Manning has enlisted outside help in the early stages of creation - starting with producer and engineer Kevin McMahon (Swans, The Walkmen, Pile), who helped shape Manning’s home recordings into dynamic, finely-tuned compositions. There are a notable number of collaborations across the record’s 9 tracks as well - with band member Luis Durango lending guitar squalls and feedback to the album opener, and Jack Tomascak adding essential saxophone bursts to “The River”. Manning is not the only voice heard on the record either, a first for the project, as album closer and title track “(Ae) Maeth” features haunting vocal contributions from Jae Matthews of Boy Harsher.

‘(Ae) Maeth’ represents a massive leap forward for Reduction Plan - in concept, composition, and production. With each song, Manning pulls his industrial-goth brainchild out of the hazy fog of previous releases and breathes new life into it - reborn in the fire.

Redscroll Records
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Dune Altar
DA-016
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releases September 20, 2019

Recorded between Connecticut, Queens, and Marcata Recording in New Paltz, NY
Produced by Daniel Manning and Kevin McMahon
Mixed and Mastered by Kevin McMahon
All songs written and performed by Daniel Manning
Additional guitars on ‘An Act Of…”: Luis Durango
Saxophone on ‘The River’: Jack Tomascak
Additional vocals on ‘(Ae) Maeth’: Jae Matthews
Layout and design: Alan Richard Huck

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Reduction Plan's music comes from within solitude's frigid embrace. Pulling from 80s goth, industrial, dream-pop, as well as cacophonous no-wave, Reduction Plan uses both noise and space to illustrate the power of silence. Synth swells, hypnotic guitars, pulsing drum machines, and haunting murmurs form the foundation of the project’s sound. ... more

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Track Name: The River
Drunk on anger, drunk on pain
Lash out now my son and face your shame
The way it feels to breathe in time
Searching for something that was never mine

But the river it will never move
Frozen in place, only for you
Frozen in place, only for you

Racing towards, the guiding light
Those hounds will hunt you for the rest of your life
A never ending sacrifice
Searching for a quiet hill, to die

But the river it will never move
Frozen in place, only for you
Frozen in place, only for you

And in your eyes I see a fire that melts into mine
And in your eyes I see a fire that melts into mine
Don’t
Track Name: Deliver
A loose end in time, no future waits for me
A loose end in time is what she said
No future waits for me, waits for me

Fall to my knees, I beg deliver me deliver me

I’m on borrowed time I will not wait
But still I see nothing
A loose end in time is what she said to me
No future waits for you waits for me

Fall to my knees, I beg deliver me deliver me

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