Virtuoustic guitarist Marcus Rezak has announced the release of his upcoming EP ‘Truth in Sound’ coming out on April 22, 2021 distributed via Color Red. The follow-up record to his 2018 solo debut Gateway to the Galaxy features drummer Russ Lawton, bassist Tony Markellis, and keyboardist Ray Paczkowski of Trey Anastasio Band alongside master tabla player Kaylan Pathak. The lead single “Light of the Moon” is out today accompanied by a Kickstarter campaign to support the album.
Rezak first connected with the members of Trey Anastasio Band while performing a Shred is Dead (the high-octane Grateful Dead tribute project Rezak leads with a rotating cast of top-call musicians) show at Nectars in Burlington, VT in November 2019. The synchronistic grooves and newfound chemistry led Rezak to invite the guys to record the new material he had been writing and they enthusiastically obliged. Rezak and his collaboators went into Tank Recording Studio (Fish Tank) in Burlington, VT and tracked the four tracks on the EP with Ben Collete (studio owner/operator and Phish FOH engineer) at the helm engineering the session. Spurring from the energy of the 2019 Shred is Dead performance, the musical chemistry was natural with the veteren musicians feeding off of Rezak’s preparation and eloquent compositions. “Recording with Marcus for his new album 'Truth in Sound' felt like we had been playing together for years—cool songs with deep grooves, just the way I like it,” remarks Russ Lawton on the sessions.
“Light of the Moon,” the lead single off the forthcoming EP is a true story about people of the night connecting through the love of music and celebrating cathartically in the light of the moon with dance, joy, and memories at the core. The lyrics speak to carefree feelings, letting go of worries, and sending all of your vulnerabilities into space. “The story is inspired by the times we find ourselves in the light of the moon, who we are with, where we are, and what we remember in those special moments,” says Rezak. The single is a catalyst for the overarching themes of healing through trying times while simultaneously being connective of Gateway to the Galaxy’s interests in outer space. Markellis lays down a one-of-a-kind strut on the bass and Pathak’s percussion adds an element of global music flavors with his tabla work during the solo section and expressive nuance on chimes, congas, shekere, and more.
In addition to “Light of the Moon” release, Rezak has launched a Kickstarter campaign to support the record. Perks range from downloads and pre-orders of vinyl and CDs and delve into curated experiences, guitar lessons, regional listening parties, private concerts and more. Watch the video and learn more about the project here.
To celebrate the release of ‘Truth in Sound,’ Rezak will perform a pair of east coast shows with Nate Edgar (The Nth Power), Cotter Ellis (Swimmer), and Scott Hannay (Mr. F) at Nectar’s in Burlington, VT on Friday, April 23rd and Soundcheck Studios in Pembroke, MA on Saturday, April 24th.