released September 27, 2011
all music written and performed by itsnotyouitsme
caleb burhans - electric violin, casio sk-1, resonator guitar, effects, voice
grey mcmurray - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, oud, fender rhodes, effects, voice
mixed and mastered by josh valleau and grey mcmurray
recorded at clinton studios and at glowing ocean studio
tracks 2, 5, 8, 10, 11, 15 engineered by lawson white
all other tracks engineered by grey mcmurray
art by allegrea rosenberg
itsnotyouitsme consists of two prolific, highly regarded New York musicians: violinist/composer Caleb Burhans and guitarist Grey McMurray, each of whom has an extensive musical output in a variety of ensembles and musical idioms. They formed the ensemble itsnotyouitsme in 2003, fusing and distilling their eclectic mutual inspirations, including the likes of J.S
. Bach, Brian Eno, and Pink Floyd. Since its inception, the duo has carved out a unique niche at the intersection of chamber music, jazz, and post-rock musical scenes with their breathtaking, genre-defying instrumental soundscapes.
Following itsnotyouitsme’s first two critically acclaimed albums is everybody’s pain is magnificent, an 88 minute double-disc album that serves as a mature and well-honed artistic statement. Like the duo’s first two albums — walled gardens and fallen monuments — which were lauded by critics for their idiosyncratic ambient sound worlds generated by copious melodic looping, everybody’s pain is magnificent enraptures the listener with its dense textural landscapes. The emphasis on slowly shifting harmonies and polished timbres represents a marked departure away from the group’s earlier Philip Glass-inspired additive process minimalism and toward a more abstracted soundworld of flowing textures.