Spoke of Shadows

From Spokeofshadows.com:

Spoke of Shadows is a collaboration between Bill Bachman (drummer, author, and creator of the Remote Speedy Hat) and Mark Cook (Warr guitarist/multi-instrumentalist).

Guest Musicians:
Joe Blair – guitar
Gayle Ellett – rhodes and mellotron (Djam Karet, Fernwood, Ukab Maerd)
Bob Fisher – flute (Herd of Instinct)
Michael Harris – guitar (Thought Chamber, solo artist)
Jeff Plant – fretless bass (Alex Acuna, Conundrum, Thought Chamber)
Tony Rohrbough – guitar (Byzantine)
Dave Streett – Warr guitar (Herd of Instinct)
Shannon Wickline – piano (Charlie Daniels Band)

Spoke of Shadows was born when Mark was finishing the mixes of the latest Herd of Instinct release “Conjure”. After completing two HOI CDs in two years, he wanted to focus on taking his music into a new direction, writing music that was moodier and had more dynamics. He began recording pieces by layering Warr guitars, with 8 string fretless bass, drums, guitars, and keyboards. After a few tracks were written, the project took another turn when a friend introduced Mark to Bill Bachman. Mark gave the tracks to Bill with only one instruction “Play what you normally would not be allowed to play in other bands”! After some virtual recording sessions Mark and Bill met for the first time in 2013 at a Led Zeppelin tribute show in Dallas, where they discussed the status of their recording project and their love of Gabriel-era Genesis. That meeting helped to cement the direction of the music, resulting in the album we have here.

Mark described the album saying “Our goal was to create a hybrid progressive music that covers a wide range of moods and styles. No rules! After finishing the majority of the writing we began looking for collaborators to help add some sonic variation to the music. The approach was to find players from diverse backgrounds to help create a unique vocabulary that takes the listener on a sonic journey. All of the guest musicians magically fell into place on the recording, and added immense depth to the tracks.”

Spoke Of Shadows is released by Firepool Records, owned by the members of the instrumental group Djam Karet. Firepool Records has also released CDs by Hillmen, Henderson/Oken, and Herd Of Instinct.