November 26, 2013

New Music Video: Lady of Stone

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Close to two years ago, we began writing material for a new album. It was exciting for us as not only had Benjamin Schaefer just joined us on percussion, we entered the process with a blank slate. Full of ideas that had been placed on the back burner in the time following the release of For Highbrow Sideshows and Rowboat Serenades, we were eager to explore the sounds that a new collaborative process would create. Lady of Stone is the first of many new songs that were born out of that initial writing process.

Last summer, we got the opportunity to shoot a music video in the historic Riverside Theater, and selected Lady of Stone. Rather than performing to a pre-recorded soundtrack, we elected to capture the performance live, working with the Riverside’s sound engineer, Simon Bundy. Video production and editing was handled by Blend Studios. The result is a beautiful video that captures the essence of our music, the textures of our aesthetic, and serves as a new introduction to The Vitrolum Republic. We can’t wait to share with you where we go from here.

Cinematography: Bryan Mir & Tony Cole
Lighting: Mandy Montanye
Editing: Bryan Mir, Tony Cole & Vince Clore
Recording Engineer: Simon Bundy
Mix Engineer: Chuck Lawton

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October 17, 2013

New Music Video: Fumbling Fool

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Today, we release the second of two videos, Fumbling Fool, recorded in one take at the Pritzlaff building in Milwaukee, where our fiddle player, Jordan Waraksa has his woodworking studio.

This series can be considered a love letter of sorts to the space where we came together to collaborate on songwriting in a way that had not happened previously. This is also the space where we were introduced to Benjamin Schaefer and the wonderful percussive elements he brings to our music. And it’s an incredible place to record in, with 20 foot high ceilings that let the sound expand and travel throughout the studio and the din of the city fades to the background.

These two songs, Fumbling Fool and Show and Tell, are just part of the new material we’re writing for a new full length album we plan on releasing next year.   We hope you enjoy it!

Director/Videographer: Martin Moore
Sound Production: Chuck Lawton

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September 19, 2013

New Music Video: Show and Tell

For the past few years, we have been writing new music. And many of our writing sessions took place within songwriter and fiddle player, Jordan Waraksa’s woodworking studio in the Pritzlaff building in Milwaukee’s Fifth Ward.

This space is important to us. Like so many of Milwaukee’s cream city brick buildings, it has a history and its own story to tell. In that space, coupled with Jordan’s aesthetic eye, we were surrounded by art and inspired by a patina that has rubbed off on to our music.

Show and Tell is the first of two videos, purposefully shot in one take, performed live in the entry way and gallery space of that studio.

Director/Videographer: Martin Moore
Sound Production: Chuck Lawton

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