We at CXCW would love to have a band called the Bier Stein Ensemble for a Marchtoberfest Showcase, but we’ll gladly have Class M Planets, the esteemed leader of thebrotheregg march us into happy hour with “Awkward,” even if we are a few hours ahead of Portland, Oregon.
UPDATE, they also sent us this press release to include with the video:
“Deerpath” by Class M Planets to be Released with Stunning New Art
Class M Planets is an acoustic tweak folk ensemble and part of songwriter Adam Goldman’s super group, thebrotheregg, whose expansive psychotropic pop stylings have been haunting the Pacific Northwest and the Earth since 1992. The songs are smart and off-kilter, rekindling brit-pop stylings, like Syd Barrett and Marc Bolan with a smattering of Leonard Cohen. The sonic quality of their latest record, Deerpath is at once lo-fi, crisp, and clear. Adam’s lyrics are both psychedelic and lucid. There is a sense of contradiction running consistently through it, thus canceling out and unifying the experience.
Deerpath flows with poetic verse and colorful songs, much like the world of forest animals and ancient mysticism being depicted within the cover art. Finding correlation between the cover and lyrical content is subjective, for the listener. Adam commissioned Cary to paint something that would return storytelling and imagination to album art. They agreed on the title “Deerpath” before starting, evoking a fantasy image, this theme of wandering and seeking knowledge. They also agreed that the work should look like a Bosch tryptic and illustrations from The Wind in the Willows. All in all, it is an ode to the spirituality of Oregon’s forest and its mystical nature.
Deerpath marks a new standard for Adam in the recording process, each song tailor-made with different musicians. 16 different musicians appear on 16 tracks. The album has a cohesive, united feel, even with so many flavors brought out by collaborators. Production quality is crisp and strong without losing that sense of organic indie production and values. Adam worked with four different engineers from tracking to mastering, including Mike Hagler at Kingsize Studios in Chicago, and Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph Studios, for vinyl mastering. The final product is a beautiful, 180 gram vinyl album.
Deerpath is to be catalogued under Alternative Rock, Psych-Folk music.