Indie Pop outfit The Mystery Plan announce new album, preview lead track 'Silver Lining' feat. Big Supreme.
Indie pop outfit The Mystery Plan has announced their new album 'You Also Have Eyes', set for release in mid-July via Ten Millimeter Omega Recordings. Produced by Jason Herring, Rob Tavaglione and the legendary John Fryer, this long-player continues a tradition of collaboration with Fryer that includes their 2020 'Zsa Zsa' record and 2017 'Queensland Ballroom' album.
The band are previewing the single 'Silver Lining' featuring Big Supreme on vocals. Written during the pandemic, this song is an ode to looking at the bright side of things. The accompanying live lounge-styled video was shot and cut by Jay Thomas in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Formed in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2010, The Mystery Plan is Jason Herring, Amy Herring, Jefferson Chester, Otis Hughes and Patty McLaughlin. To date, they've released 11 EPs and LPs. Their new album also involves contributions by Micah Gaugh (The Veldt / Apollo Heights / Dope Sagittarius), Rob Tavaglione and Snap Nation.
"Sitting down to write 'Silver Lining', I knew I wanted to be upbeat and optimistic. I've known Big Supreme for decades now, and always loved his words and his flow. So I asked him if he would like to write something and record with us, and he said yes. I let him know, kind of, how I was feeling while writing the music. A few weeks later he sent me recordings of what he did with 'Silver Lining'. I loved it," says Jason Herring.
Big Supreme (a.k.a. Chris Jones) is a rapper from Charlotte, who has been on the scene since the 1990s. He got his start by winning rap battles on the local Hip-Hop station for months and months, holding the record for the longest run on that station. He is also the younger brother of Charlotte-based DJ and producer That Guy Smitty, who is half of Muchacho with Jason Herring.
"I was truly in a period of stagnation musically. The year 2020 was a tough year all around the world, but one thing it made me practice doing is going without in order to search within and create the necessary rituals needed for survival. I came out feeling more alive than ever. I've never been one to force the art; but when I heard the music The Mystery Plan had put together, I just let it play and let the spirit speak through me. What came out of it was a message of hope for 2021 and beyond. Life isn't perfect, but I truly believe that at the end of every struggle in life, there's a silver lining," explains Big Supreme.
The band's sixth full-length album, 'You Also Have Eyes' features select tracks from several of their records, including 'We All Get Down' (co-written, produced and mixed by Ian Masters of Pale Saints, Spoonfed Hybrid, ESP Summer). There are three new songs exclusive to this CD and digital edition - 'Silver Lining, 'Weird Things Humans Do', and the Peter Anderson (the Ocean Blue) mix of 'Wonder Why'.
'Silver Lining' is available across online platforms. The 'You Also Have Eyes' LP is out on July 16 on vinyl, CD and digitally, with the CD and digital releases entailing expanded editions. The album can be pre-ordered directly from the band.
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