(Ae) Maeth

by Reduction Plan

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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.

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released 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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Track Name: An Act Of Self-Immolation
Deep inside, you crawl, and hide
Track Name: Meridian
See the child, out there beyond the storm
He waits and learns, but he wont ever come home
Underneath the darkness he will move away from you,
sinking deeper darker still, a crumbling pillar of youth

Howling his sins
into the dark, the dark

The veil will lower over your eyes
And all you will see is those dark and stormy skies
And me, howling into the dark

The child stares right through, unmoved by the rain
He will leave you here with sorrow and pain

See the child
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: Preservation
Don’t you try to change my mind, I am a wall
Don’t you try to change my mind, I will not move at all
What you see is all that you’ve become to me
What you see now is the darkest part of me

It hurts to hear, it hurts to say
an image I could never change
Now memories they only fade away

I could never change your mind
A shocking reminder of the ways we die

It hurts to hear, it hurts to say
An image I could never change
Now memories they will not stay
They’ll only fade away
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
Track Name: Everything
Give me something I can feel
a fading voice, words you won't hear,
they echo softly as you turn away

A crowded hall I see your face,
a distant thought I must escape,
my mind has drifted far from what you knew

You ran away to somewhere new,
thought they had forgotten you,
but its what you wanted was it, everything you wanted
You found yourself surrounded by,
those empty faces, all a lie,
but it's what you wanted was it, everything you wanted

Pull me in and tear me up,
I will not last here without love

You ran away to somewhere new,
thought they had forgotten you,
but its what you wanted was it, everything you wanted
You found yourself surrounded by,
those empty faces, all a lie,
but it's what you wanted was it, everything you wanted

Everything, everything, everything
Track Name: Repent
Gaze into this hell, with eyes like knives you’ve learned so well
To only show a glimmer of yourself you’re hiding underneath
And now the cold December wind, it pierces like a blade against your skin
And every pain you’ve ever felt within flows free

Repent you child
Freed from the light
But nothing inside can save it from you
And in the dark you’ll find
Your ever-changing mind
But nothing inside can save it from you

Gaze into this hell, with eyes like knives you’ve learned so well
To only show a glimmer of yourself you’re hiding underneath
And now the cold December wind, it pierces like a blade against your skin
And every pain you’ve ever felt within flows free
Track Name: (Ae) Maeth (feat. Jae Matthews)
Never gonna give
It's never gonna give but I tried, I tried
Searching through the dark
The echoes of your heart but I tried, I tried

Here we start
In the hope
Of that empty day

When the light hits
Then slowly
Fades away

Oh and you
You're coming through
In that blurry type of way

I tried
I tried
I tried

An empty shell, made of glass
Waiting for the chance to crack
And you push me back

Shattered pieces falling down
A piece of me I hit the ground
And it's fading now

And it’s fading now
And you’re fading now

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