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The new album ‘Lucid, Alive & Dreaming’ marks the finest Macstanley work to date, a collection of music that sees them ramp up the sound of the band into a contemporary gear while retaining the signature elements that have brought this pop-rock powerhouse to where it is today. The pieces are a combination of crafted emotion written at Clinton and Neil’s home-studios, before receiving Andy’s voice and the Macstanley treatment.

In contrast to the often rushed studio experiences of many contemporary bands, Macstanley and O’Shea worked on a schedule that afforded each composition time to develop and grow – and it shows. “From the outset, this was a no-compromise project for us. We all three brought our material into the rehearsal studio knowing that we would only take out the best, and what worked for where we see Macstanley on our third album,” says Andy. “Everything from day one was tracked, so we could used these little pieces of magic that came up, just off the cuff. Of course, it also led to kilo-tonnes of gigabytes of recordings, with poor (mix engineer) Neal Snyman scrolling through reams and reams for the final mix. But it worked, and I think we’ve created a record that shows how we’ve developed as a band, and a record that new and old fans can enjoy for a long, long time.”

Eight years after the band formed, it’s a process that has led to an album which faithfully represents the musical heart of Macstanley in 2012. From simple origination on guitar and voice, then into a three-piece format that draws in cello, keyboard, bass, drums and percussion as it grows, this pool of song-gems has been polished to an album which will both satisfy stalwart fans and draw in new listeners.

It’s also an album that reveals the growth of the band’s members since ‘Of Secrets And Wine’ and ‘Between 2wo Worlds’.

Macstanley ‘Lucid, Alive & Dreaming’ was produced by Brian O’Shea and engineered and co-produced by Chris Tuck who last worked together in South Africa on the Saron Gas album that birthed American rock conquerors Seether. It was recorded at Digital Forest Studios and mixed by Neal Snyman before mastering at Sterling Sound in New York.

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