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Jason Herring & The Mystery Plan release their new album 'Queensland Ballroom' on September
8 via Ten Millimeter Omega
Recordings. With an infectious chilled atmosphere and dreamy female vocals, 'Electric Love' is the first single from this release. The accompanying video was directed by Jon Ecklund and Fiona Jones and produced by Dream
Out Loud Media.
Based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, the band is comprised of Jason Herring, Otis Hughes, Jeff Chester, Amy Herring, Paul Jensen and Patty McLaughlin. This 11-track offering follows the band's 'Electric Love' EP, released in June of this year.
Both of these releases involved production by legendary producer John Fryer, one of the most innovative sonic architects of our age. "John Fryer has practically soundtracked your entire life," says Impose Magazine, with a musical imprint that is massive, having shaped the sound of nearly all early 4AD Records' releases (Cocteau Twins, Lush, Kristin Hersh, Dead Can Dance), as well as bands from Nine Inch Nails
and Love and Rockets to HIM and Depeche Mode. He is also one of just two artists behind This Mortal Coil, along with Ivo Watts-Russell, and the mastermind behind his latest project Black
Jason Herring met Fryer while visiting Los Angeles, where his studio is currently based. After collaborating on the 'Electric Love' EP, they launched into the new 'Queensland Ballroom' LP, which sees the band take a turn from their trademark psychedelic folk sound to a more electronic downtempo groove.
After a hiatus of several years, bandmates Jason Herring (The Interstellars, Muchacho, Farfalla) and Paul Jensen (Fetchin' Bones, the Interstellars) began writing songs again. Soon thereafter, the first album 'The Future
Ain't What It Used to Be' was released in 2010, followed by 'Chateau Beaumont' in 2012 and 'Long Shadows' in 2014.
"Our previous releases are a little melancholy, so Amy and I decided we should make this record a little more fun. A record outside of our norm," says Jason Herring. "Electric Love was inspired by Amy and I feeling a bit randy in the studio - that's fun, yeah?"
This whole experience ultimately led Jason Herring to collaborate further with John Fryer on music for a feature film and an HBO documentary. Fryer also appears briefly in the new video for 'Electric Love'.
Jason Herring & the Mystery Plan's 'Queensland Ballroom' album will be released on all major digital platforms on September
8 and then performing at an album release event on Saturday, September
9 in Ashville, North Carolina (The Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Road) at 9pm.
1 Electric Love
2 Vampires Are Lucky
3 Oola Heatray
4 The Golden Moon and Silvery Sea
5 Chocolate Milky
6 Electric Love (Paul Jensen Mix)
7 Vampires are lucky (That Guy Smitty Mix)
8 Night Time Butterflies
9 Vampires Are Lucky (Paul Jensen Mix)
10 Where Did You Go
11 Early Morning Hours
Sept 9 Asheville, NC - The Odditorium (8pm)
Sept 23 Charlotte, NC - Rhino Market & Deli (8pm)
Oct 14 Charlotte, NC - Petra's (8pm)
Electric Love https://youtu.be/dexTsEciz3U
Electric Love https://soundcloud.com/10mmomegarecordings/jason-herring-the-mystery-plan-electric-love
Soundcloud playlist https://soundcloud.com/10mmomegarecordings/sets/queensland-ballroom
"A chilled, dreamy, and hypnotic sound... a luxurious pace, swirling synths, and the Beth Gibbons-esque vocals of Amy Herring, the track sways and swoons its way through its four minute running time" - Overblown Magazine
"Queensland Ballroom is pure sensual dreamtronica awash in haunting melodies.Its guaranteed to set the serotonin flowing in the farthest recesses of any late night minds" - Kathleen Johnson, Guitar Magazine
"If you were ever a this is one band you should know about... a delicious smorgasbord for varied tastes - from chill out to dark dreamery and even massively beautiful modern classical music with a near-mystifying delivery" - The Big Takeover Magazine
"Combining classically trained musicians with local electronic producers is one of 10mm Omega
Recordings signature moves and with this release, Herring shows, again, his competence to staff an outfit. QB has strong strings and tempting flute throughout and it wouldn't be a MP project without the mood enhancing, seductive vocals" - My City Magazine
"On their latest album 'Queensland Ballroom', Jason Herring & The Mystery Plan deliver an accomplished blend of musicianship, well-informed samples and whispy vocals, plus a palatable diversity of genres under one roof, under which we are very happy to sit and enjoy the chill vibes they convey" - Torched Magazine