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Butterflies, Zebras, and Moonbeams

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baudelagon Je dirais bien qu'on a là du "easy listening" si je ne trouvais pas l'expression méprisante. Mais il est vrai que rien n'est désagréable ici, ni très profond non plus. C'est aérien, léger, aseptisé, gentiment citadin (atmosphère de réverbères à leds et de galeries marchandes). C'est profondément dépaysant pour moi, et c'est là le plus grand intérêt de mon point de vue. Mais de temps à autre et voilà...
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Head 03:21
Lifeguard 03:26
The Rain 03:40
Lead To Gold 03:33
Lucy Falls 06:40
Red Lights 02:20
Mind Dunes 01:31
Nowhere 03:47
In Our Hands 02:06


The critically acclaimed kaleidoscopic 21-song double album
featuring vocalist Ellie Perez, guitarist/producer Tim Motzer, and
songwriter/bassist Barry Meehan along with some of Philadelphia's
finest musicians.

"A masterpiece" - Straight No Chaser (UK)
Top 200 Essential Albums (20th Anniversary List) - Echoes
Top 10 Essential Record of 2007 - John Diliberto - Echoes

From three perspectives, lyrically and vocally, “Butterflies, Zebras, and Moonbeams” delves into questions of love, war, darkness, despair, light, and hope. Musically it’s an eclectic 21 song journey with acoustic guitars ruminating over electronic and tabla beats; the shimmering vocal downtempo tone-poems of Ellie Perez; the dark foreboding jazz of “Babylon Is Crying”; upright pianos floating over the languid grooves of “Think I’m Losin’ It” and the wind swept desert guitar musings of “Mind Dunes.”


released July 4, 2007

Ellie Perez - vocals, piano, voice, loops
Barry Meehan - vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, kalimba, lapsteel
Tim Motzer - vocals, guitars, bass, beat programming, piano, rhodes, wurlitzer, synths, organ, shorwave radio, boombox, walkie talkie, loops, samples, laptop

with guests:
John Swana - trumpet
Chris Cuzme - saxophones
J Davidson - wurlitzer
Marc Scafidi - source drum loop
Helena Epsvall - cello
Ian Vos - upright bass
Phil Yaeger - trombone and drumming
Jeremy Carlstedt - drums, brushes, mallets
Tony Catastrophe - drums, percussion

Produced, recorded, and arranged by Tim Motzer at Nautica, Philadelphia, PA USA
Mixed by Tim Motzer and Jeff Chestek at the Attic and Nautica December 2006-February 2007. Assisted by Barry Meehan.
Mastered by Pete Humprhries at Masterwork Phladelphia
Cover Design and Art: Thomas Schmid

For a 6 panel 2 CD physical edition of Butterflies, Zebras, and Moonbeams:

© 2007 & ℗ 2007 1k Recordings Inc.
Published by one k music co. 2007 (BMI)
The Shadowbox, Think I'm Losin' It, Lifeguard, All Around You
and Lucy Falls (composed by Tim Motzer)
Night is Beautiful, Behind The Moon, Run For Cover, The Rain, Find Life Alive, Red Lights, Nowhere, Circles, Lines, and Spaces (composed by Tim Motzer and Ellie Perez)
Head and Lead to Gold (composed by Barry Meehan)
Amorphous Lake, Mind Dunes (composed by Tim Motzer and Barry Meehan)
In Our Hands, The Universe Is Expanding (composed by Ellie Perez, Tim Motzer, Barry Meehan)
Babylon Is Crying (Tigris) (composed by Chris Cuzme, Tim Motzer)
Twilight In Grey (composed by Helena Espvall)


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is an eclectic Philadelphia-based boutique label run by guitarist, composer, and producer Tim Motzer. The catalogue features genre-defying solo releases and adventurous collaborations, spanning ambient soundscapes to art pop and beyond.

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