EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON is the giant name of the huge new album by Chef Menteur. This album is very special to us. It represents 4 years of us working together three times a week (that's ~450 sessions!) and we wanted to release it officially on vinyl first. We're not planning on doing a CD version of this at all but a digital download of this album will however be available to our supporters.
We released our last album, The Answer's In Forgetting in 2007. Since then we've been busy writing and recording new tracks. With Brian Abbott joining Alec and Dan at the start of this recording project, a new level of musicianship and composition was achieved by the band as a whole. Our studio perfectionism now blended with our unbridled creativity, plus the luxury (and labor) of being in control of our time in the studio we built (with a little help from our friends) meant that we were rarely idle as new songs were constantly being imagined while the previous ones were being refined. All songs are new and composed and performed by Alec, Brian, and Dan. We thank our friends Court Batson, B. Aubrey Freeman, and Mike "potpie" Karnowski who also helped by contributing performances to several tracks.
We wanted to make sure that when trying to release a classic double album, in all its monstrous glory, there were still no excess or throwaway tracks: Just as much time was spent whittling songs down as it was building them up. At least as many songs didn't make it on the record as those that did in the interest of providing the most conceptually pure experience. This is an epic aural journey, containing songs for lovers of classic psychedelia, space-odyssey synth drones, Warp-records style electronica, krautrock and kosmische, doom drone, hints of early metal, folk-, math-rock and prog-rock sneaking in from time to time as well. "A symphony of space rock" one might even call it.
In summary: these are songs we have worked into as close to perfection as we're humanly capable of. It's an ambitious undertaking, some might even say grandiose. It's the exact opposite of the throwaway digital single on iTunes, and we wanted to piss against the prevailing wind while creating the art we felt best represented us at this time. We've always been a small and relatively unknown band with a small but appreciative fan base all over the world, and doing this on hand-printed vinyl with lovely art seems to be the best way to present this to the world and especially our fans.