When Andrew Morse set out to create i.machine he didn't want to just make the next Bears of Winter album. He set out to create a musical world that would surround his audience, leaving them, at the conclusion of the record, to wonder, "What just happened?"
All of the basic elements that you would expect from a Bears of Winter album are there: distorted vocals, dark drones, noise-laden interludes, and drums that provide a constant groove. But due to the presence of the i.machine concept, the resulting sense of urgency and skepticism in the listener creates a whole new experience. The themes throughout i.machine work to pull together seemingly different songs into an album-long journey that chronicles how the relationships between humans and machines exist.
The goal of i.machine is to give witness to the rise of the machine as a slave and as a crutch in the world of men. Through apocalyptic warnings and the underlying sense that the line between man and machine is often blurred, Bears of Winter presents a world where there are two sides to every story. A world where man's machines are his savior and his enemy; a world that is not so different from our own.
Bears of Winter - i.machine
Track Listing and Album Notes:
1. Sca(r)red but Free
3. Metamorphosis I
4. Metamorphosis II
7. By The River
10. Hey Hey Human
Andrew Morse created, performed, engineered, produced and mixed i.machine
Dave Hidek mixed and played drums on Hey Hey Human