This is a blog I wrote about my experience seeing ATE alongside The Colorado Symphony. It’s personal and it’s emotional. But that’s what ATE is. A personal, emotional experience that gives a melody to your heart and someone out there who understands and can speak it better than you.
Wow. Please read this.
The song was originally called “Something You Own.” It’s a song about conflict and resolution, resisting and accepting Change. But lets not spend too much time dancing about architecture… Better just to listen and let it become part of the day..
Our second record will be titled All at Once. It will be released on April 25th in Europe and April 26th in North America.
It’s probably both quieter and louder than our first record. There wasn’t any particular decision to be either like or unlike our first record. In some ways, it is the former; in others, the latter. It’s called “All at Once” because the songs deal with the idea of sudden change—how life generally doesn’t change incrementally. Your parents die, a child is born, the airplane shakes, a former love from a former life walks casually by you on the street, and suddenly everything is different. We live in the quiet passages between these extraordinary moments of change. It’s exhilarating. It’s terrifying. It can be monstrously disfiguring. It can be potentially redemptive.
So much of it has to do with loneliness. There’s something about sharing these things that make them less terrifying. That’s why this has to do with you and what you’ve given us in the past four years. Because there’s a moment of recognition that happens where you see yourself. You see your thoughts in others and feel a kinship, as if the idea isn’t some horrible thing locked in your head, but one of many ideas that are part of a grand narrative that all people share. And there’s a true joy to seeing the reality of it this way—like the perspective of someone 100 million miles away on some tiny speck in space, looking back at Earth. That’s what writing even this feels like. Hello. I would like it if we knew each other.
There’s more, but then the record isn’t actually out for a few months… For now, it’s important that you know that you are part of this. And we did not take it lightly. And nothing was by accident. We are very proud of this record and the songs about:
conflict and war and disorientation and the kids on the wall and the girl who appears in a dream and the graveyard near the house and the parents we knew and the prisons they escaped and the ones they constructed for us and how, in the final analysis, we did so much simply to catch the eye of someone we loved.
All at Once.
We’ve got more big news to announce, including plans for shows where we can meet again, but we’re going to wait until February 15th to do that. It’ll give us something to look forward to.” —
I’ve only just read this properly. I’m crying.