Ahead of the release of TESSERACT‘s new studio album “Sonder”, the band has revealed the official video for the new single “King”. The emotive and viscerally challenging clip was directed by Kyle Kadow and Steven Cleavland and shot in a snowy Wisconsin following a brutal storm, which all added to the atmospheric footage.
Bassist Amos Williams explains: “We have been very lucky to work with two cinematographers of such vision and quality as Kyle and Steven. We gave them free rein with the creation of the first story board. They chose to explore the theme of claustrophobia and how fear can control our lives — using a luminary figure as a beacon of hope and escape for the characters.”
Lyricist and vocalist Daniel Tompkins expands on the song’s concept: “Far too often we find ourselves lead into conflict and inner turmoil. Life is surely a battle, history has a bad habit of repeating itself, and when living with the constraints of an onerous life, it’s easy to overlook the greatest gift we’ve ever received: life itself.”
“Sonder”, due to be released through Kscope on April 20, adds significant firepower to the band’s arsenal, blending the harsh abrasiveness of “One” (2011) and progressive ethereal elements of “Altered State” (2013) with the accessibility of “Polaris” (2015).
“Sonder” is streamlined, honest, and direct, with all the trademark TESSERACT dreamy atmospherics and bending grooves. It was recorded in the U.K. at 4D Sounds, Celestial Sounds and Project Studios, and engineered by the band and Aiden O’Brien, with mastering by Acle Kahney and cover artwork designed by Amos Williams.
“Sonder” will be released on CD and a 2-CD deluxe package featuring a binaural album bonus disc. Also available will be a vinyl LP edition in multiple color variants as well as a picture disc (exclusive to the band’s webstores).
For audiophiles, TESSERACT has produced a binaural version which will be available exclusively as part of the 2-CD version. This version is a 360-listening experience designed by Klang: Fabrik for headphones listening.
“Sonder” track listing:
05. Beneath My Skin
06. Mirror Image
08. The Arrow
Building on the phenomenal success with worldwide tours in support of “Polaris” over the last two years, as both headliners and as special guests for the likes of MEGADETH, MESHUGGAH, DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT and GOJIRA, TESSERACT is gearing up take “Sonder” to worldwide audiences beginning in North America in April. On this tour, they will be supported by PLINI and ASTRONOID, with the first show in Boston on April 19 and the tour culminating at New York’s Irving Plaza on May 24.