In 1980 a series of spells were embedded within the sound waves of a number of popular songs. These spells were engineered to enter the minds of listeners and dismantle the white supremacist, capitalist, imperialist, patriarchal pathologies that characterize American domination. Within hours, the CIA and NASA unleashed a counter spell that contained the sound waves in wind, rain, snow, and dust storms, disabiling their power to enact change. Release tells this story, searches for the missing pieces, and seeks to conjure new spells for a different tomorrow.
Written by TMO unless specified otherwise. Produced by TMO and Bendik Giske unless specified otherwise. Mixed by Ingmar at The Gift Shop, Los Angeles. This album is made possible through the generous donations of 76 supporters. Special thanks to Geir Haraldseth + Rogaland Kunstsenter, Alex Reese, Bendik Giske, Lex Brown, Ingmar Carlson, Julia Giertz, Anders Rhedin, Max Boss, Kelman Duran, Peter Hernandez, Kembra Pfahler, Shiaz Legz, Robert Alfons, Cirrus Gallery, Rhea Perlman, Danny DeVito, Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle, and Jess Arndt. Photo: Kristine Jakobsen.