Marcus Rezak Releases “Light of the Moon” from Upcoming Album ‘Truth in Sound’
Marcus Rezak has been a very busy man. He has been playing in three of his projects: Gateway to the Galaxy, Shred is Dead, and Karmaggedon, and he has played shows with Dave Watts and Todd Stoops in Las Vegas, the Virgin Islands, and around Colorado.
In the midst of all that, Rezak has found time to record his sophomore solo album Truth in Sound, which will release April 22 on Color Red Music. In the meantime, “Light of the Moon” is the first single from the album.
Rezak managed to snag three members of TAB, the Trey Anastasio Band, for this recording: Russ Lawton, drums; Tony Markellis, bass; and Ray Paczkowski, keyboards. Also on the album is Kaylan Pathak, tabla.
From the press release:
Rezak first connected with the members of Trey Anastasio Band while performing a Shred is Dead (the high-octane Grateful Dead tribute project Rezak leads with a rotating cast of top-call musicians) show at Nectar’s in Burlington VT in November 2019. The synchronistic grooves and newfound chemistry led Rezak to invite the guys to record the new material he had been writing, and they enthusiastically obliged. Rezak and his collaborators went into Tank Recording Studio (Fish Tank) in Burlington to lay down the four tracks on the EP with Ben Collete (studio owner/operator and Phish FOH engineer) at the helm engineering the session. Spurring from the energy of the 2019 Shred is Dead performance, the musical chemistry was natural, with the veteran musicians feeding off of Rezak’s preparation and eloquent compositions. “Recording with Marcus for his new album Truth in Sound felt like we had been playing together for years—cool songs with deep grooves, just the way I like it,” remarks Russ Lawton on the sessions.
“Light of the Moon,” the lead single off the forthcoming EP is a true story about people of the night connecting through the love of music and celebrating cathartically in the light of the moon with dance, joy, and memories at the core. The lyrics speak to carefree feelings, letting go of worries, and sending all of your vulnerabilities into space. “The story is inspired by the times we find ourselves in the light of the moon, who we are with, where we are, and what we remember in those special moments,” says Rezak. The single is a catalyst for the overarching themes of healing through trying times while simultaneously being connective of Gateway to the Galaxy’s interests in outer space. Markellis lays down a one-of-a-kind strut on the bass and Pathak’s percussion adds an element of global music flavors with his tabla work during the solo section and expressive nuance on chimes, congas, shekere, and more.
In addition to “Light of the Moon” release, Rezak has launched a Kickstarter campaign to support the record. Perks range from downloads and pre-orders of vinyl and CDs and delve into curated experiences, guitar lessons, regional listening parties, private concerts and more. Watch the video and learn more about the project here.
“Light of the Moon” has a great vibe and feel to it. Paczkowski’s organ and piano throughout the track are real highlights. Rezak twists some fine guitar, and Lawton and Markellis lay down a deep groove. It should not surprise that this hews closer to TAB than to Gateway to the Galaxy. Rezak’s vocals are particularly on point here.
To celebrate the release of ‘Truth in Sound,’ Rezak will perform a pair of East Coast shows with Nate Edgar (The Nth Power), Cotter Ellis (Swimmer), and Scott Hannay (Mr. F) at Nectar’s in Burlington on Friday, April 23, and Soundcheck Studios in Pembroke MA on Saturday, April 24.
In addition to those shows, Rezak will perform at the three-day Reason2Rhyme Music Festival in Austin TX April 16-18. Shred is Dead plays April 17; Gateway to the Galaxy plays April 18. Click the link below for more information.
And Rezak plays this weekend (April 9 & 10) with Dave Watts & Friends at Mishawaka Amphitheatre.