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Perpetually Under Idle Grounds

by Lazleitt

"Perpetually Under Idle Grounds" is the second epic release of progressive rock outfit Lazleitt.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Prelude
1:12 album only
2. A Furtive Shelter
21:12 album only
3. Gallows Hill Dossier 1: Grace Sherwood
5:00 album only
4. Gallows Hill Dossier 2: Bridget Bishop
6:35 album only
5. The Owl and the Blue Rose
8:18 album only
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Album Notes
Alex Lazcano - guitars, bass, keyboards, piano, vocals
Eric Gillette (The Neal Morse Band): drums & lead guitar
Liz Tapia (Dark Beauty): vocals
Carlos Hernandez (Tree Of Life Project): lead guitar
David Knowles (The Swan Chorus): keyboards

Written, produced, and arranged by Alex Lazcano
Additional production by Eric Gillette
“The Owl And The Blue Rose” - lyrics by Sue Lumb

Recorded at various locations, winter 2018-2019.
Mixed & Mastered by Eric Gillette at EKG Studios

Some notes about the tracks:
Inspired by works of HP Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, and other writers, playwrights, and philosophers.
It was the first song to be demoed on the album, almost immediately after "On The Brink" was released. For the first time, it features a keyboard solo by Alex. David Knowles from The Swan Chorus provides beautiful high strings and synth arpeggios throughout the track. Liz Tapia from Dark Beauty is featured on lead vocals, providing a unique atmosphere to the track. Carlos Hernandez (Tree of Life) and Eric Gillette provide some truly amazing guitar solos.

On July 10, 1706, a forty-six-year-old Princess Anne County woman named Grace Sherwood faced an unusual legal procedure. Her hands were tied and she was about to be thrown from a boat into a river as a test to see if she was a witch. For several years neighbors talked of how the midwife, healer, and widowed mother of three had ruined crops, killed livestock, and conjured up storms. Then in January of 1707 Luke Hill formally accused Sherwood of witchcraft. The case passed from the county court to the attorney general of Virginia without any judgment.

The song was written and demoed several years ago, and brought back to life, as if fit the overall energy and melodic content of the album. Even though Grace Sherwood was not prosecuted during the Salem trials and Gallows Hill, the subject matter naturally tied into the next track, which ultimately gave both movements their titles.

Bridget Bishop was one of nineteen people executed for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692. She developed a reputation for entertaining into the wee hours of the night, playing forbidden games such as shuffle board, and generally being the target of much speculation and gossip. In April, 1692, a warrant was issued for Bishop's arrest on charges of performing witchcraft and consorting with the devil himself. “Spectral evidence” was offered, including several men testifying that she had visited them — in spectral form — in bed at night.
After Bishop's hanging, eighteen others were executed for the crime of witchcraft.
“Grace Sherwood” flows into “Bridget Bishop” as one single piece.
This was the first song written specifically for the album, even before “On The Brink” was released. It existed as a 12-string acoustic guitar and vocal piece until it was time to record the album. Both Gallows Hill parts were recorded as a single track and split for the CD during the mastering process. It was the first track Eric Gillette recorded drums on.

(Music by Alex Lazcano/Lyrics by Sue Lumb)
Inspired by Twin Peaks, a mystery series written by David Lynch & Mark Frost. The show’s protagonist is FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, who travels to Twin Peaks in the rural Pacific Northwest on special assignment when Laura Palmer is found murdered, similar to a previous murder in Washington. The illusory perceptions of the mind awakening to alternate dimensions or multiverses is the subtext of the Twin Peaks narrative. It was through dreams that Agent Cooper communicated with entities of the Lodges. One example is when The Giant first appears to Agent Cooper after he’s been shot and drifts between states of consciousness, and informs Cooper “the owls are not what they seem”. Blue Rose was a top secret joint task force of the United States military and Federal Bureau of Investigation, formed in the years after the official closure of Project Blue Book in 1970 to investigate cases of a paranormal nature. Glastonbury Grove was a circular stand of twelve sycamore trees located in Washington's Ghostwood National Forest, close to Pearl Lakes and the town of Twin Peaks. Under certain conditions, a translucent set of curtains would appear across the grove's center, allowing passage into a red-curtained labyrinth believed to be the mythical Black Lodge.
This is the last track to be written and recorded for the album, completed only two weeks before the session hit EKG Studios for drum tracking, mixing and mastering. It is perhaps the most complex in terms of time signature, and key changes, but everything flowed almost in a stream-of-consciousness fashion without overthinking. Sue Lumb, a poet from the UK, was very inspired after Cruise To The Edge, and the subject was brought up to collaborate on lyrics for the track. Alex, a David Lynch fan, proposed Twin Peaks as the subject matter and it was taken from there.

Sleeve design by Alex Lazcano
Lazleitt: https://www.facebook.com/lazleitt
Dark Beauty (Liz’s band): http://DarkBeautyMusic.com
DBLT Designs (Liz’s jewelry line): https://dbltdesigns.com
The Swan Chorus (David’s band): theswanchorus.bandcamp.com
The Tree Of Life (Carlos’ project): www.treeoflife-project.com
EKG Productions (Eric’s studio): www.ericgillettemusic.com



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Gabriel Badelier

Compositions and extremely elaborate production
After an 'On the Brink' released in 2018, which we have unfortunately zapped, Alex Lazcano returns with a new project by Lazleitt: "Perpetually Under Idle Grounds". Always as well surrounded, Eric Gillette (Neal Morse) guitar, Liz Tapia (Dark Beauty) vocals, David Knowles (The Swan Chorus) keyboards, Carlos Hernandez (Tree Of Life) guitar, a more than enticing poster.

This new production is in direct line with a classical progressive with diverse and symphonic atmospheres. Five titles including two epic suites "A Furtive Shelter" (eight chapters) of 21:14 minutes and "The Owl And The Blue Rose" (three chapters) which shows him 8:11 minutes. The various influences range from Floyd to Spock's Beard through Ayréon. Past the short introduction "Prelude", arrives "The Owl And The Blue Rose" and its multiple developments, an absolutely fabulous title where the variety and the richness of the themes take hold of the listener, Lazleitt signs there a real piece of bravery really exciting, proof that we can still compose great and good progressive rock songs.

The following "Gallows Hill Dossier 1- Grace Sherwood" is a simpler and stripped piece carried by the light interventions of electric guitars, extremely melodic really detaching itself by the elegance of its particularly successful choruses. An intense gradual rise for "Gallows Hill Dossier 2- Bridget Bishop" a real showcase for the song of Alex Lazcano who abandons himself, alternately aerial or incisive, a captivating and captivating composition. Finally, "The Owl and the Blue Rose" superb symphonic final and powerful, interesting both on the melodic level at the level of instrumental interventions. Lazleitt thus confirms, with happiness, his ability to propose an accessible progressive carried by remarkable melodies.

With this "Perpetually Under Idle Grounds", Lazleitt and his leader Alex Lazcano prove that inspired compositions and extremely elaborate production can effectively catch the attention and provoke the support of aficionados of progressive music without restraint!