It’s no longer secret at this point. Symfinity has been recording our second album, entitled “Anthem” for over a year now, trying to create a true union of rock with live orchestra. The album is a big leap from the debut album, Intangible Dreams.
Intangible Dreams featured a rock ensemble with live flute and live solo strings accompanied by extensive orchestra samples orchestrated by band founder, Seann Branchfield. Not this time. Anthem has a string section 20-strong of live, professional violinists, violists, cellists, and double bassists. The brass and woodwind sections represent a full-orchestra size, ranging from piccolo to tuba. We have even recorded live percussion. All this together makes up the Anthem orchestra which features musicians from The Julliard School, The Curtis Institute, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College, New York University, Oberlin College and many more.
As one would expect, such a project takes a long time. And with the new songs on Anthem being much heavier and a near-complete lack of sparse orchestra-ballads like I Follow You and Point of Refraction from Intangible Dreams, we felt like a “supplement” album was in order.
And thus, Apocrypha was born: Six songs, mostly ballads, completely acoustic, but with the familiar orchestra sound of Intangible Dreams. We wanted our fans to have the ballads they enjoy, as well as not have to wait so long for new music since Anthem is so huge. Also, Apocrypha is intended to be more of a transition between Intangible Dreams and Anthem in that it in will include more live real orchestra instruments than Intangible Dreams, but not to the extent of Anthem. Currently planned, we have live flute (with new flutist Lynette Ford), live trumpet (performed by Seann, himself), with some clarinet, cello, violin and trombone. There is no guitar. All of the songs are piano-based and Seann plays the piano parts which are some of the most difficult and extensive Symfinity piano parts yet.
If you are missing Crystal Kim and John Schwartzberg on this album, fear not, as they resume their posts at piano and bass respectively on Anthem as well as Tony Baptist on drums.
So there you have it. If you have been missing us at live shows and tour, it because we have been so occupied making two albums that we hope will lead us to find many new fans and enable our capacity to have more fulfilling tours! We want to sound awesome for you after all!
So stay posted! We are definitely releasing Apocrypha soon either this April or May. Will we have a CD release show for Apocrypha in New York at Fontana’s 7:30pm on May 21! And we are going to be fundraising via kickstarter.com to help actually make Anthem happen this year as well!
Lots of love to all our fans! You know who you are…and we do too ;)