Devin Townsend Shares “Sprite” Video From “Empath – The Ultimate Edition”

Devin Townsend has shared a new video for “Sprite” from the new “Ultimate Edition” of his latest album “Empath.” That release will be available on June 5.

As previously reported, the new version of “Empath” will feature the following:

“This comprehensive version of 2019’s acclaimed album contains the original record and bonus disc across 2 CD’s, plus 2 Blu-Ray discs. The first blu-ray contains the 5.1 Surround Sound mix by Devin, with visuals for the full record, plus a stereo visualiser. The second blu-ray contains a raft of bonus material, including ‘Acoustically Inclined – Live in Leeds’, a recording from his April 2019 acoustic tour where he performed tracks including ‘Love?’, ‘Deadhead’, ‘Thing Beyond Things’ & more.

It also features the full Empath Documentary, a ‘Genesis 5.1 Mixing Lesson’, a full album commentary & more. The four discs sit inside a beautiful art-book that contains new liner notes and images from the making of the album.”

Devin Townsend To Release “Empath – The Ultimate Edition” In June

Devin Townsend will be releasing an “Ultimate Edition” of “Empath” on June 5. The effort will be available as a 2-CD/2-Blu-ray set and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

The following was said about the set:

“This comprehensive version of 2019’s acclaimed album contains the original record and bonus disc across 2 CD’s, plus 2 Blu-Ray discs. The first blu-ray contains the 5.1 Surround Sound mix by Devin, with visuals for the full record, plus a stereo visualiser. The second blu-ray contains a raft of bonus material, including ‘Acoustically Inclined – Live in Leeds’, a recording from his April 2019 acoustic tour where he performed tracks including ‘Love?’, ‘Deadhead’, ‘Thing Beyond Things’ & more.

It also features the full Empath Documentary, a ‘Genesis 5.1 Mixing Lesson’, a full album commentary & more. The four discs sit inside a beautiful art-book that contains new liner notes and images from the making of the album.”

Townsend also had the following to say about the new 5.1 surround sound mix:

“On a technical level, I guess I have always been dissatisfied with the basic ‘stereo’ format in which the type of music I make gets presented in. Whether its headphones, computer speakers, stereos (or basically anything currently), I have had to figure out ways to get the work to function through TWO speakers.

I hear things in a particularly orchestrated way, and with the amount of information that typically gets recorded per song, the result has been the dubious ‘wall of sound’ that I keep ending up with. But my intention has never been to make an oppressive experience, but rather something that is immersive and vast.

Making it work in two speakers just simply doesn’t quite work for the vision. Although I’ve managed to get the point across, (to varying degrees), things always have to compromise to make it all fit. Making the drums speak at the same time as orchestra, cymbals, guitars, choirs, synths etc.…all with my voice on top, ends up with every conceivable frequency fighting for breathing space between those two speakers.

Therefore, I asked the powers that be in my business world, to tolerate one more ‘kick at the can’ when it came to Empath. I wanted to attempt a surround mix and follow the original vision of it being an immersive, multimedia experience for people in the ways I could best achieve at this stage. And although it’s still pretty ‘dense’, with four more sources for the sound to come from, I feel its significantly closer to the original vision here.”

In other news, Townsend has also shared a Casualties Of Cool live recording as part of his “Quarantine Project.” He said the following about that:

“Hey all, so things are a little crazy over the next few days, Im working on some mixes and doing the streams, but Ive got a lot that has come up on a personal side. Therefore, today is not a new song, but instead of live recording.

Heres a little oddity I unearthed recently from when Che and I played a few Casualties Of Cool songs for the people at Warwick and Framus guitars in their booth at Namm 2018.

Its maybe a little rough around the edges, but its still a cool vibe. At this point we were playing to the reel to reel machines without a band, doing a demo for some gear. They had filmed it, but that footage seems nowhere to be found, so heres just the audio. We played ‘Daddy’ and ‘The Code’

If you haven’t heard the record, I would suggest trying to find it online or something? Its really good. The album came out in 2014 I think, and since that time we’ve written…well… one song. =) I like this project because its grimy, strange, and without pressure. Maybe when this virus takes a breather, we can try to write a few more…

Till then, enjoy todays Quarantine Project, and Ill see you tomorrow with some more goodies.

Dev”

La Dispute, Touché Amoré, & Empath Announce Fall Tour

La Dispute, Touché Amoré, and Empath have announced a fall tour together. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

11/16 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
11/18 Chicago, IL – Metro
11/19 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
11/20 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
11/22 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
11/23 Worcester, MA – Palladium
11/24 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
11/26 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
11/27 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
11/29 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
11/30 Orlando, FL – The Beacham Theatre
12/01 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
12/02 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
12/03 Nashville, TN – The Basement East
12/05 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
12/06 Austin, TX – Mohawk
12/07 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
12/08 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
12/11 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
12/12 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
12/13 Los Angeles, CA – Belsaco Theater

Devin Townsend Premieres “Spirits Will Collide” Video

Devin Townsend has premiered a new video for his song “Spirits Will Collide.” This track is from his new album “Empath,” which was released today (March 29).

Townsend commented:

“Here is the video for my Enya influenced, ‘commercial’ song. I love this type of mid-tempo, big, romantic heavy music. I would love to do a full album in this style somewhere down the line, and it’s the only one of its kind on the Empath record.

‘Spirits Will Collide’ as a song is pretty standard fare for me if you’ve followed what I’ve done over the past few years. It’s ultimately an ‘anti-suicide’ statement and it’s meant to be melodic and straightforward. A video with CGI Gorillas playing bass and Elephants playing drums in front of a billion people is so ridiculously dumb that I’m surprised it makes me feel as happy as it does, but the theme of the song is essentially about trying to convince kids or teens to ‘hang on’ when they feel depression or suicidal thoughts. The story of the video is that a kid that has a fantasy about playing at a massive concert with thousands of people as a choir, animals etc…just the biggest concert he can imagine, and the strength of the sound and the intention of a bunch of people singing together is such that the sound blows away the darkness.

It’s admittedly a bit ridiculous, but I guess in a way I feel that beauty is much harder to be expressed quietly in this day and age, so the video is about saying it louder than ANYTHING. Without a multi-million dollar budget, it was hard to do. However, Kudos to iCode Team and the hundreds of extras for really pulling this out on a shoestring budget, I think it gets the point across.

The only thing I would say that if I was a kid imagining playing the universes biggest concert, I would have added a full head of hair in there for good measure =)”

Devin Townsend Shares Seventh Episode Of “Empath” Documentary Series, Says He Spent $170,000 Of His Own Money To Make The Album

Devin Townsend has shared the seventh episode of the documentary series for his new album “Empath.” That effort will be released March 29.

In other news, Townsend has also taken to Twitter to encourage fans to buy the album, while also revealing that he spent $170,000 of his own money to make it:

[via The PRP]

Devin Townsend Premieres “Evermore” Video

Devin Townsend has premiered a new video for his new song “Evermore.” This track is from his new album “Empath,” which will be released March 29.

Townsend commented:

“So with the release of ‘Empath’ fast approaching and people having had various chances to hear the album, the reactions are pretty much what I expected: those interested in the more artistic and free form side of what I do really seem to like and understand it, and those looking for the more commercial or rocking side of what I do are maybe not so convinced 🙂

The initial plan was to release a more commercial song next (the sole one on the album, ‘Spirits Will Collide’) but the video we’ve been working on for that is hilariously ambitious and we needed a bit more time. Therefore, we opted to release this song, ‘Evermore’, as a way to bridge that gap. It’s slightly in the same vein as ‘Genesis’ on some level, I suppose, but a little more groovy and a bit less fractured in terms of structure.

The lyrics are not as much about a bored space cat crash landing on ‘planet fear’ in a literal sense, but I guess that’s easier to articulate with visuals at this stage than ‘yet another song about trying to work through one’s own midlife bullshit to find some sense of self-actualization,’ though perhaps with more time, it will resonate further with that. Thanks to Wayne, Josh and Miles for the tag team animations.

The drums on this particular track are all Anup Sastry (who is a great guy who loves his dog) and the Elektra choir helps out a lot again. I’ve got a strange relationship with singing at this stage of my career so I really appreciated the support.

I encourage you (if you like this sort of stuff, that is) to check it out in headphones. There’s a fair amount of candy in this song I spent a long time on. I think it’s streaming now too…

Thank you sincerely. The album is meant to be of some help in a weird way.”

Devin Townsend Premieres New Song “Genesis”

Devin Townsend has premiered a new song titled “Genesis.” This track is from his new album “Empath,” which will be released March 29.

Townsend commented:

“It’s with great pride (and a healthy dose of trepidation) that I can finally present to you a song from the ‘Empath’ record. In each album cycle there is the dilemma over which track we ‘lead’ with, not only to get people excited, but also to give an accurate overview of the project.

As the musical nature of ‘Empath’ shifts from track to track, (from musical theater, death metal, prog free jazz and more commercial things) it was a hard decision. Some people wanted the relatively straightforward song ‘Spirits Will Collide’ while others wanted a more cinematic banging track like ‘Evermore’. We ultimately chose to go with the opening track, ‘Genesis’, as it not only features around five different stylistic shifts (some quite jarring, to be fair 🙂 but also includes all three drummers, the choir, the orchestra, and basically the kitchen sink as well. This song is ultimately about facing fear, as well as analyzing one’s relationship with one’s past in order to progress.

The record has an overarching theme of what I like to view as ‘hope’ in chaotic times.

I have been working on this record for more than a year, and it represents a kind of shift for me in my personal and professional world that I am quite proud of. It’s the first time in quite a few years I have made an album like this, and I think if nothing else, ‘Genesis’ represents the chaotic nature of the project (and the world at large currently) in the most accurate way I can do at this stage of life.

I’d like to thank the entire team of wonderful musicians and artists who helped me actualize this material, as well as InsideOut and Northern Music for their help and support.”