Quicksilver Night 2021

Looking Back on the Previous Year and Ahead to the Next

We released five new songs as Quicksilver Night in the first part of the year, two as standalone advance singles and three as a digital-only mini-EP, and this was meant to keep things moving until we could release the full-length “Asymptote” album later in the year. Those songs were Hephaestus the Cuckold (in March) and The Galactic Edge (in August) – both featuring Farzad Golpayegani – and all three songs of April’s “Mr. Wizard” mini-EP featuring Jason Cale: Mr. Wizard; Power Curve and Parallel Play. All five of those songs were originally intended for “Asymptote” and all of them wound up on that album, either re-released or as bonus tracks, so I qualify that particular part of my plan a success.

Those songs are responsible for Quicksilver Night surpassing 5K followers and, at one point, nearly 8K monthly listeners at Spotify as well as gaining some significant traction on Pandora Radio. It was my hope and intention to have “primed the pump” for December’s release of the “Asymptote” album

We finally released the “Asymptote” album – the day before yesterday as of this post, actually – and it’s been a long time coming. “Asymptote” seems to have been well received so far and initial reactions have been greatly encouraging. It’s a little early to tell how it all might play out and the year is very nearly over but I suppose this is what I get for releasing new music in December. 🙂

As it says on the “Asymptote” discography page: “I laid down the bones of the album long ago and but it’s fair to say that we began actively recording tracks for ‘Asymptote’ right on the heels of 2018’s ‘Symmetry’ album. It’s been a long time coming however one might look at it; this figurative machine had a lot of moving parts to begin with and things were further complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic, notably for associated travel restrictions and for the detrimental impact on warehousing and physical distribution of CDs. It’s here now though, in all its glory!”

So, now let’s look ahead … I already posted about my plans for upcoming releases in 2022 and 2023 last May in a separate blog entry and those plans haven’t changed much but I’ve refined them a bit and here’s how things look for Quicksilver Night in the coming year:

We will begin laying down audio tracks early in the year for a vocals-oriented full-length “We Are Also the Dreamt” album that we hope to release in 2023. I have previously posted something of my plans for this album back in May but it should come as no surprise that the project has evolved since then (and will probably continue to do so). I’ve made some conceptual changes to “We Are Also the Dreamt” since I last posted and the primary shift has been to remove a couple of songs – including both instrumentals – from the programming of that album. In its current form “We Are Also the Dreamt” will be comprised of ten vocally driven new songs spanning nearly an hour – including the 10-minute “Somnium Liminalis” – plus two bonus tracks totaling about 12 additional minutes between them.

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I also have plans of recording and releasing a digital-only mini-EP in 2022, “Seven Cities Blue” is set to include four tracks of hybrid jazz/blues/rock in the vein of 2020’s “No Contest” and I have the usual collaborative suspects – along with a surprise guest or two – in mind for it. I’ve also arranged and licensed cover versions of Til Tuesday’s “Voices Carry” and Missing Persons’ “Words” – we’ve already begun recording both – and I am not entirely sure how we’re going to proceed with them but I guarantee that they’re coming in 2022 as well. As fun as they might be I view this mini-EP and the two cover songs I just mentioned as something of placeholders, not because they’re getting anything less than my full attention but because the “We Are Also the Dreamt” album, my primary goal, is dauntingly ambitious. There was a gap of nearly three years between Quicksilver Night’s “Symmetry” and “Asymptote” full-length albums and I am glad we dropped a few digital-only tracks in between those two albums to fill the void. I hope to repeat and refine the process this time around and provide more new music before “We Are Also the Dreamt” sees the proverbial light of day.

Stay tuned!

2019 Year-End Update

…All Things Quicksilver Night

The year is effectively over – as is the decade – and I find myself reflecting on the year gone by and making plans for the year ahead.

Quicksilver Night released the three-song digital-only mini EP “Presque Vu” in May and then an unplugged version of “October Skies” from that EP in November. Featuring Meagan Finning (vocals) and Jason Cale (guitar), Quicksilver Night’s “Presque Vu” is a trio of drivingly melodic songs, progressive but rooted in classic rock with Celtic overtones and Gothic undercurrents. Available at digital outlets everywhere, go to https://quicksilvernight.hearnow.com/presque-vu

Most of my musical activity in 2019 beyond “Presque Vu” centered around the forthcoming “Asymptote” album. I talk further about that project in another section below.

As I posted to my facebook page on December 6th: “Here’s a screenshot from the final slide of Spotify for Artist’s online presentation of Quicksilver Night’s activity for 2019. It’s a nice year-end validation if nothing else. Thank you all for your support!”

By far the largest part of the activity represented by those metrics from the 98K cumulative streams of the “Presque Vu” mini EP that we released in May. I tried several different avenues of Spotify promotion with various degrees of success and I believe I know which of these to pursue with the release of the “Asymptote” album in 2020.

As I posted on November 30th, Quicksilver Night’s 2018 full-length album “Symmetry” album was nominated for a Friday Night Progressive 2019 Indeprog Award in the “Vocals” category and won third place from among a great many more nominees! I was humbly but very pleasantly surprised by this accolade. I’m especially proud of the title track “Symmetry” – featuring as it does the powerful vocals of Jon Boylan and the amazing fretwork of Farzad Golpayegani – and am happy that it was played on several Internet-based radio stations in 2019 and spent some time as my most-streamed song at both Spotify and Pandora.

“Symmetry” is available as a physical CD and download/streaming at multiple digital outlets via this link:  https://quicksilvernight.hearnow.com/symmetry

Check out this excerpt of an amazing photograph “Into the Valley” by my friend Bob Hembree. Taken December 4, 2018 at Monument Valley, Utah, I’ve licensed this photo for use as the album cover of Quicksilver Night’s forthcoming all-instrumental “Asymptote” album.

Work continues apace on “Asymptote”: it is currently programmed to contain 14 songs at a total runtime of 59:01. As of now I have five of those songs essentially finished: “Mister Wizard” (feat. Jason Cale); “Power Curve” (feat. Jason Cale); “Brookside Interlude” (feat. Anne Epperly); “Trompe L’Coeur” (feat. Nazim Chambi & Anne Epperly); and “Hephaestus the Cuckold” (feat. Farzad Golpayegani). I have three more that are very nearly finished and only await final polishing by my collaborators: “Quicksilberdrachenlied” (feat. Milt Gore); “Dream Sequence Gunmen” (feat. Nazim Chambi); and “The Chase” (feat. Jeremy Barnes). I have heard samples of what these guys have done with those songs so far and they are unbelievable across the board.

As to the remainder, I just finished recording my guitars for three other songs: “Emelya Durák” (feat. Andrew Negoustorov); “Essere Con Te” (a working title, collaborator TBA); and “Dorian Gray” (another working title, featuring Jason Cale) and the song “Continuity” is in the capable hands of Gormuzik’s Gordo Bennett. For the record he wrote me on  December 16th “I’ll iron out what I’ve got and work out more solid ideas before I waste your time with it then I’ll send it along for your approval” so I’m greatly looking forward to that. I also have another pair of untitled works currently being spun up at the hands of my co-producer – my friend and invaluable ally – Alex that will be recorded before January is out.

My goal is to make a trip out to Nashville in April and return with a completed album mixed to the premaster stage with one caveat: at that point, after I have everything sounding as good as I can reasonably expect and it’s otherwise ready for mastering, I intend to engage a professional drummer and bassist to re-track the drums and bass for the entire album. I will probably keep the MIDI-driven synthetic tracks but will mix them well-beneath the live tracks where they can provide subtle drive and layering beneath the real drums and bass, more felt than heard.

Also in the works, Farzad and I are in talks to produce a video to accompany the song “Hephaestus the Cuckold”; Farzad is an incredible visual and graphic arts wizard as well as a musical alchemist and the song suggests imagery that naturally lends itself well to Farzad’s surrealist/expressionist stylings. I will make further announcements on this front as they become warranted but at this point I’m fairly certain I want to go ahead with it and I am debating on whether to release the video ahead of the album and exploring the possibility of embedding a copy of the video on the CD itself. We’ll see.

So, to sum up, Quicksilver Night had some small degree of success in 2019 and I’m looking forward to the possibilities 2020 has to offer.  Life is good; have a great year!

“What’s Next for Quicksilver Night?”

Well, since you asked…

Check out this excerpt of an amazing photograph “Into the Valley” by my friend Bob Hembree. An impressive vista, isn’t it? It was taken December 4, 2018 at Monument Valley, Utah. I’ve licensed this photo for use as the album cover of Quicksilver Night’s forthcoming all-instrumental “Asymptote” album, a hugely eclectic offering that I hope to release both digitally and on CD later this year (but to be honest I’m probably overly optimistic about the time frame).

An all-instrumental album might seem a little bit like an odd choice but I’ll tell you how it came about. I posted this earlier in the year and it still applies for the most part so rather than reinvent the wheel:

“My musical output in terms of instrumental parts far exceeds my ability to write meaningful lyrics and as a result I have a huge backlog of instrumental pieces, most them guitar-driven, just waiting for the right axe slinger to come along and make those songs his or her own. To this end I’d like to announce a forthcoming full-length instrumental album by Quicksilver Night . . . covering a range of rock subgenres. We will begin recording this album in early 2019 upon completion of the “Presque Vu” EP and intend to release it – in digital and on CD – before the year is over.” But wait, there’s more…

You might notice that little gap in the quote above; taken from my old website, it used to say “…featuring the incredible Jason Cale on guitar…” but that’s no longer entirely true. I realized that it was unrealistic of me to expect Jason to give me an entire album’s worth of melodic and solo material in such a relatively brief time and thusly simultaneously bottleneck both my workflow and his. He’s got numerous other musical projects going on; I’m thrilled to be a small part of it but I don’t intend to monopolize his time. At the moment the “Asymptote” album is set to include the following songs, all of which are well-into the tracking phase and in some cases already nearly finished (in alphabetical order):

1. “Dream Sequence Gunmen” – featuring Nazim Chambi, a fun but driving instrumental rock song that reminds me of a hybrid of “Tomorrow Never Knows” and “Highway Star”

2. “Hephaestus the Cuckold” – featuring Farzad Golpayegani, a powerful prog metal number replete with ringing anvil strikes

3. “Mister Wizard” – featuring Jason Cale, is odd-meter funk with elements of prog, blues, and a whiff of jazz

4. “Power Curve” – featuring Jason Cale, as the title suggests, is powerful and melodic, sort of Van Halen meets Argent in Ozzy’s living room

5. “Trompe L’Coeur” – featuring Nazim Chambi & Anne Epperly, piano-driven and classically-inspired with melodic electric guitar passages and sweet flute interludes

In addition, by way of a heads-up: I can guarantee you some neoclassical flash from my good friend Milt Gore but we haven’t titled the track yet. I also have a tentative agreement with Gordo Bennett regarding the song “Continuity” but scheduling remains problematic; we’ll see. I’ve gotten positive responses from Jeremy Barnes, Andrew Negoustorov, and Jay Rakes regarding their involvement but we haven’t yet hammered out specific details; I will do my best to keep you informed as meaningful updates become available.

As to any questions about the chosen title, you can easily look up the definition of “asymptote” but you might be wondering why I chose it as a title. It’s not arbitrary; I’ve actually long been fascinated by the idea of a line getting ever closer but never quite reaching something, always approaching but never quite getting there. It’s a mathematical term that has useful philosophical implications in my book. The story of why I actually chose “Asymptote” as the title has to do with two things: 1) My working title of the album was “Mister Wizard” after the track of the same name but once I expanded the album to include other featured artists I didn’t want to name the album after one of the tracks and perhaps thusly create the impression that I value the musical contributions of any one of my collaborators over that of another and 2) I was looking at Bob Hembree’s “Into the Valley” and thinking in terms of vast distances and the idea that the horizon might appear close or distant but we can never quite reach it because we perceptually create it ourselves.  While the road might be suggestive of a line toward the horizon I was thinking of it as might allegorically pertain to our lives and our ambitions.

New Music! “Presque Vu”

Presque Vu, October Skies, & Homecoming

Available at digital outlets everywhere, Quicksilver Night’s “Presque Vu” mini EP is a trio of drivingly melodic songs, progressive but rooted in classic rock with Celtic overtones and Gothic undercurrents. Go to https://quicksilvernight.hearnow.com/presque-vu

All three songs feature Meagan Finning on vocals and Jason Cale on lead guitar, details below.

The title track “Presque Vu” describes the sense of impending change, the feeling that some almost seen truth is about to make itself known, that some life-altering event is about to occur. “Still I can’t help but feel there’s more intended for me by this life.”

Celtic-tinged with classic rock roots, “October Skies” is about the sense of home as a place where one’s very bones seem to resonate with the landscape. I wrote it to describe my distant childhood home in the Allegheny foothills, the overwhelming feeling of belonging there when I visit and the absolute surety that I will return someday for good.

“Homecoming” speaks to mortality and nostalgia when a return to a childhood home is necessitated by the death of a close family member. “Stand in the open doorway. Breathe of the dust and shadows and then say goodbye to the ghosts that fill this room, turn and walk away…”

The ringing crystalline timbre of Meagan Finning’s voice can be found throughout much the Quicksilver Night catalog going back to the beginning and was last heard on Quicksilver Night’s 2016 single “Exeunt” as she had moved away during post-production. Happily for us here at Quicksilver Night she’s back in her hometown of Newport News, VA now and singing once again.

Jason Cale is a singer/songwriter and guitarist from South Mississippi. After traveling the world performing all styles of music he now makes his home in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Eclectic beyond measure and a consummate professional, he regularly performs throughout the region with different groups in various configurations in a dizzying array of musical styles.

Meagan Finning performed lead and harmony vocals throughout the album

Jason Cale performed lead solo guitars throughout the album along with acoustic guitar on “October Skies” and backing vocals on “Presque Vu”

Warren Russell performed rhythm guitars and everything else throughout the album, real or virtual, including harmony fill guitars on “Presque Vu”

Music & Lyrics by Warren Russell (ASCAP)

Recorded by Alex O’Loughlin at Sandcastle Records in Nashville, TN and Jason Cale at Crabhouse studio in Hampton, VA

Mastered by Borislav Dimitrov (aka Boro) at HiZ Productions, Los Angeles, CA

Produced by Warren Russell and Alex O’Loughlin

Album art by Randall Lee from original 2019 photo courtesy Bella Amori Photography by Victoria Holden, All Rights Reserved

BONUS! Direct download of the “Presque Vu” mini EP at bandcamp via https://quicksilvernightproductions.bandcamp.com/album/quicksilver-night-presque-vu-mini-ep comes with a lyric booklet and a free bonus track of Quicksilver Night’s 2016 single “Exeunt” featuring Meagan Finning on vocals and Milt Gore on lead guitar.

The Faces of Presque Vu

Set to be released on Friday May 3rd, Quicksilver Night’s “Presque Vu” mini EP is a three-song digital-only EP featuring the incredible guitar work of Jason Cale and the gorgeous vocals of Meagan Finning. The driving but melodic trio of songs that comprise the “Presque Vu” mini EP are rooted in classic rock with Celtic overtones and Gothic undercurrents. Watch for it!

The title track “Presque Vu” describes the sense of impending change, the feeling that some almost seen truth is about to make itself known. “October Skies” is about the sense of home as a place where one’s very bones seem to resonate with the landscape. “Homecoming” speaks to mortality and nostalgia when a return to a childhood home is necessitated by the death of a close family member.

The music will come to you very soon but I thought perhaps I’d share some pictures and biographical information here and now so you can put faces to the names.

The ringing crystalline timbre of Meagan Finning’s voice can be found throughout much the Quicksilver Night catalog going back to the beginning and was last heard on Quicksilver Night’s 2016 single “Exeunt” as she had moved away during post-production. Happily for us here at Quicksilver Night she’s back in her hometown of Newport News, VA now and singing once again.
Jason Cale is a singer/songwriter and guitarist from South Mississippi. After traveling the world performing all styles of music he now makes his home in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Eclectic beyond measure and a consummate professional, he regularly performs throughout the region with different groups in various configurations in a dizzying array of musical styles.