gone beyond

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PeRPLeXa soundtracks unseen realms. An intertwining of celebration and tragedy. A symphonic, tribal trance carved out with ethereal guitar, luminescent strings and epic, hypnotic grooves.

PeRPLeXa is an American psychedelic band rooted in Detroit’s space rock movement of the previous century. The outfit came together as an experimental basement collaboration in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1994. Band founder and percussionist Jonathan Wald, together with guitarist Robert Schurgin (W.I.G., West Indian Girl) and bassist Jenny Schmid, recorded and released the first self titled album in 1997 followed by the "This Glorious Forward" EP in 1998. Wald and Schurgin were then joined by cellist Phil Myers for the group’s third release, "The Sun and the Moon Getting It On”, released in 1999. The group enjoyed growing acclaim for its intense rhythms, dreamy moods, dark textures and indefinable "other."

After relocating to Los Angeles, Wald and Schurgin began to create their most expansive and ambitious recording yet, "Gone Beyond." Years in the making, this long anticipated new release again features cellist Phil Myers, as well as bassist Chris Camacho (Forest for the Trees), bassist William B. Carruthers (Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, Spectrum, Freelovebabies), vocalist Lucia Iman, violinist Alix Koromzay, pianist Gordon Bowen, vocalist Eliza Doria, and bassist Jenny Schmid.

This most recent incarnation sees PeRPLeXa evolved into a bizarre, atmospheric creature with cellos for talons and drums for a tongue. Jonathan Wald's oddly lyrical percussion style elevates this underground band's 4th album to a point of enchantment. This is the group's masterpiece. The music is beautiful, fascinating, bold and complex. PeRPLeXa bears its soul with an outside voice, presented as luscious sculptures of progressive, chamber psychedelia. The band considers itself an instrumental outfit, where even the vocals that do appear seem to hang in a wordless, exotic ambiance. "Gone Beyond" is a powerful musical exploration; a passionate creative expression born from the marriage of exhilarating joy and devastating depression, translated into something strange and wondrous and, quite literally, awesome. -Thomas Jones

Gone, Gone, Gone beyond, gone utterly beyond.
Oh, what an Awakening.

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released January 11, 2011

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PeRPLeXa • gone beyond

JONATHAN WALD
drumset, hand drums, hammered dulcimer,
xylophone, marimba, percussion

ROBERT SCHURGIN
guitars, voice, synthesizers,
bass 2 . 3 . 6 . 8 . 13b

additional players

PHIL MYERS cello
CHRISTOPHER CAMACHO bass 1 . 4 . 5 . 11 . 12 . 14
WILLIAM B. CARRUTHERS bass 7 . 13a
LUCIA IMAN voice 4
GORDON BOWEN piano, rhodes 3b . 8 . 11 . 14
ALIX KOROMZAY violin 2 . 6
ELIZA DORIA voice 2 . 3
JENNY SCHMID bass 9

produced by JONATHAN WALD and ROBERT SCHURGIN
all music and words written by PeRPLeXa
*except words of the Bodhi Svaha
all songs performed to analog tape

all songs c and p 2011 (perplexicmusic / illuminus)

engineered by JONATHAN WALD and ROBERT SCHURGIN
mixed by JONATHAN WALD at MARIPOSA STUDIOS los feliz, ca
additional mixing by BOGDAN HERNIK
mastered by DAN HERSCH at D2 MASTERING los angeles, ca

cover art MUSHROOM TEA by NATTY BROOKER
art direction by JONATHAN WALD

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For your entrancing pleasure...
soundcloud.com/perplexa
The first three records.

I • PeRPLeXa
II • this glorious forward ep
III • the sun and the moon getting it on

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For sales and further inquiry please contact PeRPLeXa at
fuzzywald at gmail dot com

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Track Name: rambling song
there’s a light in the road, it's a sign he's never known
he lies awake with a dream life inside him, still he'll never let her know
shine on tonight, lift me up tonight

no one here can take it, the best part and make it
realize a dream or just enough to see, still she'll never let it show
shine on tonight, lift me up tonight

you've got to love to live, you've got to love to lose, you've got to lose to love

there's a place no one knew, lot's of time for me and you
it lies between us the rest of this life
but is it enough for one good life, to care enough, to care at all?
shine on tonight, lift me up tonight

you've got to love to live, you've got to love to lose, you've got to lose to love, you've got to learn to love...

we're all the same, it’s just a game, of words and lies we keep inside, and sing at night
it’s all the same, its just a game, were all the same...
get out, get out, get out...

…you've got to love to live, you've got to love to lose, you've got to lose to love, you've got to learn to love
Track Name: tonight / gone beyond
gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha
gone, gone, gone beyond, gone utterly beyond
oh what an awakening

the sun is out, waking up...
Track Name: stickman
I've lost someone, inside it died, along the way

the sky was blue, you smiled at me
people we loved, a memory
they're rising out, the whole world asleep

a thousand years future, we wished it to be
together like stars, with space between
we will remember everything
Track Name: race of babies
I'm going south to face the stone, I'll know right away
I'm going down through my favorite love
I might peel away, I'm going to peel away

and the lies the papers papered, all mighty god
nowhere ‘round were gods with arrows, so you were in love
our baby really has it, she can't get enough
her eyes are so beautiful, looking down, above
Track Name: slowburn
star bright in white
star bright in white...
stars, white slow light, slow light
slow burn