One warm summer day while at an outdoor dance festival, Nathaniel was looking at one of Tempest's art pieces: The Star Goddess. As he fell into the depths and complexities of the art the phrase, "The Mechanist & The Star Goddess" popped into his head and he knew that was the start of something new. What the final form of this project would come to be eluded him but he knew that it would come in due time.
A couple of years later he shared his many thoughts on the subject with Tempest and his long-time friend and collaborator Davis Petterson and they were both on board right then and there. All the three of them had right then was a name and a very tenuous concept - and so they dug into it and a new band was formed.
They played some shows, they wrote some songs, and then came this first recording. There will definitely be more to come.
released December 21, 2018
The Mechanist & The Star Goddess is:
Laura Tempest Zakroff, Davis Petterson, and Nathaniel Johnstone
Recorded by: Jason Salzman at Blue Blanket Studios Marietta, GA
Additional Recording by Nathaniel Johnstone in his living room in Seattle, WA
Special thanks to Jason Salzman for playing guitar on Laniakea and bass on Relatively Speaking and The Black Hole
All music composed and performed by The Mechanist & The Star Goddess
supported by 7 fans who also own “Begin Transmission”
3 things go into making a great album. 1) Good songs, 2) Good songs, and 3) Good songs. The Dubious Hat is all of the above, performed with palpable glee by multi-instrumentalist Nathaniel Johnstone. A great album for dancing around the house! vesicangus
supported by 4 fans who also own “Begin Transmission”
Amazing cello music. It reminds me of Philip Glass's string quartets and cello sonatas but more laid back and ambient. The harmonies make this appealing to a fan of classic heavy metal. Somehow this appeals to several genres and moods at once. dharmalogos