Willem Maker

Makerworks Recordings

 

 

UNKNOWN ANTHEM

 
 

I saw the Omnipotent’s flaming pioneers

Over the heavenly verge which turns towards life

Come crowding down the amber stairs of birth;

Forerunners of a divine multitude,

Out of the paths of the morning star they came

Into the little room of mortal life.

I saw them cross the twilight of an age,

The sun-eyed children of a marvellous dawn,

The great creators with wide brows of calm,

The massive barrier-breakers of the world

And wrestlers with destiny in her lists of will,

The labourers in the quarries of the gods,

The messengers of the Incommunicable,

The architects of immortality.

Into the fallen human sphere they came,

Faces that wore the Immortal’s glory still,

Voices that communed still with the thoughts of God,

Bodies made beautiful by the spirit’s light,

Carrying the magic word, the mystic fire,

Carrying the Dionysian cup of joy,

Approaching eyes of a diviner man,

Lips chanting an unknown anthem of the soul,

Feet echoing in the corridors of Time.

High priests of wisdom, sweetness, might and bliss,

Discoverers of beauty’s sunlit ways

And swimmers of Love’s laughing fiery floods

And dancers within rapture’s golden doors,

Their tread one day shall change the suffering earth

And justify the light on Nature’s face.

— SRI AUROBINDO —

 
 

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Willem Maker “The Earth is All That Lasts” (Makerworks)

“Maker’s latest exploration of befouled Americana is as honest, forthright & sublime as any of his previous releases and just as essential. Whereas 2011’s ‘Agapao’ was a sprawling multi-faceted opus, TEIATL sees Maker sever flank from bone and deliver a much more focused and feral collection of 6 songs which clock in at just under 30 wholly extraordinary minutes. Bandcamp for now, pray for vinyl.”
 
 
 
 

AIN'T DEAD YET (LIVE)

A treat for the tricksters! In the spirit of All Hallows’ Eve, I filmed a live electric version of “Ain’t Dead Yet,” and you can view it over on the Makerworks Vimeo channel. Clocking in at almost 8 1/2 minutes, you can download the HD version if you like. The song is one of my personal favs off TEIATL … hope you dig it. Happy Halloween!
The thief left it behind:
the moon
at my window.

Ryōkan

TEIATL AVAILABLE NOW

 
 
Happy Release Day!!! It’s with great pleasure that I’m finally able to share my new album, The Earth Is All That Lasts, with you. It’s been a long and winding road, but at last, here we are! I’ll keep this note kinda short so you can get to the music, but if you somehow missed the last newsletter that covered all the “making of” details, you can still read it here.

Right now, TEIATL is a digital-only release and there’s no immediate plan for CDs or vinyl (hopefully that’ll change at some point in the future), but you’ll find a lil surprise over at the Bandcamp store. Not only is there the standard 44.1/16 version, that you can download in lossless formats and high quality MP3s, but for the first time, Makerworks is proud to offer a 96/24 “Hi-Res Edition” for the audiophiles in the crowd. You’ll notice it features a cool variation of the gorgeous cover art by our good friend and brother-in-arms, Christoph Mueller.

Speaking of Mr. Mueller, he shared an incredible video this week and to quote the man himself, “Here’s a little film I put together of Willem Maker performing ‘Where the Bright Angel Tolls’ at the Foxhole on Turkey Heaven Mountain, Alabama, and me working on the cover artwork in Aachen, Germany — documenting the now.” You can watch it here.

So, big thanks for all the support over the years, and I truly hope you enjoy these strange new sounds from the mountain, somewhere in Alabama.

Download : music.makerworks.com

Prost!

Willem

THE EARTH IS ALL THAT LASTS

 
 
Four long years after Agapao, which the New York Times considered one of the best one-man band records ever, Makerworks is finally proud to announce The Earth Is All That Lasts. Thematically speaking, TEIATL is intended as a dark twin to the open-hearted Agapao – so dark, in fact, that Maker contemplated more than once abandoning the project altogether.  It wasn’t until this “best country rock singer-songwriter from East Alabama who you have never heard of” felt that he had enough distance from the material to approach it more as a producer and performer than as a confessional songwriter that this release began to take shape.

     TEIATL was originally entitled Ain’t Dead Yet and envisioned as a stark acoustic EP in honor of Skip James and his infamously haunting cross-note tuning.  Thus, Maker began the initial recordings with live acoustic guitar and vocals and no click track, intending to flesh things out with minimal, atmospheric overdubs and no percussion.  Pleased with the live takes but ever dissatisfied with the attempts at overdubs, the second stop-and-start-again factor that slowed his progress was how to present the material, if at all.  Thanks to the Malian djembe featured on Agapao, loads of full-on overdubs, some monstrous Ludwigs borrowed from a friend and a touch of digital studio wizardry to shore things up, something completely unexpected happened.

     While TEIATL continues where Agapao left off as a one-man band affair, recorded by Maker entirely at the Foxhole and once again featuring mixing by Mark Nevers, mastering by Sarah Register and artwork by Christoph Mueller, the new release is a significant step forward sonically, and it’s a much more concise listening experience – unlike the sprawling Agapao, this album is designed to fit snugly on one slab of vinyl.  TEIATL will be released digitally on May 15, 2015, but Maker is still searching for another label to reissue it and Agapao on vinyl, if only in deluxe limited editions.  Once again, thank you all for listening, hope all is well and please continue to spread the word!
“Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.”

Jalaluddin Rumi

WHERE THE BRIGHT ANGEL TOLLS (LIVE)

Willem Maker’s new album, The Earth Is All That Lasts, will be released digitally on May 15th, 2015 by Makerworks Recordings. This live performance of “Where the Bright Angel Tolls” was shot April 12th, 2015, at the Foxhole on Turkey Heaven Mountain, somewhere in Alabama.

MAKER & MUELLER

 
 
On the Cusp of Rebirth (turned 41 today), I’m thrilled to announce the best B-day present yet : Christoph Mueller has signed on to do the artwork for the new album! This will be our third collaboration & it’s always a joy to work with Christoph. Prost! Also, the songs are in NYC right now to be mastered by Sarah Register who’s worked her mojo on the entire Willem Maker catalog all the way back to Stars Fell On. So, next time you hear from us, it’ll be news regarding the release date & pre-order information. Happy Equinox (super moon eclipse) everyone - we’re almost there!
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