Ending a seven-year stretch between albums, HARMONIC CROSS announces their impending second LP, The Grand Paradise Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
The Grand Paradise is the second full-length album and first original motion picture soundtrack from HARMONIC CROSS, the dark ambient alter ego of the Richmond, Virginia-based artist collective that also records and performs in their punk/hardcore form as Bleach Everything and their indie rock incarnation Highness.
The Grand Paradise is HARMONIC CROSS’s follow-up to the 2015-released It Is Finished., a conceptual album about the unsolved mystery of “The Somerton Man,” originally on vinyl through Magic Bullet Records and since digitally reissued via Dark Operative. While functioning as an intentionally cohesive standalone album, The Grand Paradise in its entirety also serves as the original motion picture soundtrack for a film by the same, set for release through Lil’ Baker Films in 2023.
While once again unifying the collective’s original creatives in Brent Eyestone, Graham Scala, and Ryan Parrish, it also marks the first formal recording with their Bleach Everything bandmate of ten years, Kelly Posadas. In direct sonic opposition to Bleach Everything’s short, fast, and loud credo, HARMONIC CROSS creates significantly longer cinematic compositions that often creep slowly and dynamically within an entirely different headspace and listening experience.
Recorded, mixed, and sound designed by Brent Eyestone at Tracking in San Diego in the Summer of 2021, mastered by Bryan Walthall at Stereoimage, and completed with cover art by Eyestone, The Grand Paradise clocks in at just over forty minutes across its eight songs.
As the album was written specifically for the film The Grand Paradise, its cohesiveness and narrative through lines permeate from beginning to end. Without spoiling the film, the soundtrack follows a protagonist’s journey through a traditional three-act structure of prophecy, madness, and triumph across a visual palette of liminal subscapes. The purpose of releasing the album in advance of the film is to allow for early listeners to “see” their own narratives before presenting the band and filmmaker’s own visual representation of what’s “happening” within the songs.
The first preview of HARMONIC CROSS’s The Grand Paradise, “Law Of Reason,” is now streaming at THIS LOCATION.
The Grand Paradise Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will see release through Dark Operative on CD and all digital platforms on October 26th. A vinyl edition may follow in 2023 in conjunction with the film’s release. Find the “Law Of Reason” single on all digital platforms HERE and Bandcamp where digital preorders for the album are live HERE and, watch for updates on physical product to post shortly.
Watch for further samples of the record and intel on the film to be dispatched over the weeks ahead.
In addition to The Grand Paradise, HARMONIC CROSS will appear on the second installment of Dark Operative’s It Came From The Abyss compilation series in 2023 and is set to score a 2024 horror film, also for Lil’ Baker Films.
The Grand Paradise Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Track Listing:
2. Law Of Reason