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plant the sky

plant the sky Michael Sokolowski: piano, synthesizers, electric guitar
Houston Ross: bass
Will Coles: drums

Engineered by Patrick Derivaz, Chris Kress, Michael Sokolowski and Rob Evans
Mixed by Rob Evans
Mastered by Bob Katz

Plant the Sky is a tune the band would perform live in the 90s; a tune that featured the propulsive, rolling rhythms of Johnny Gilmore. For this version, Michael and Houston's lush textures are stitched to rock-solid grooves driven by the drumming of William C. Coles, Jr., a brilliant up-and-coming Charlottesville artist.

rain

rain Michael Sokolowski: piano
Houston Ross: vocal, guitar

Engineered by Patrick Derivaz and Rob Evans
Mixed by Rob Evans
Mastered by Bob Katz

Over the past several years, Soko has been in the studio working on its second album. These sessions have yielded a unique interpretation of the Lennon/McCartney classic, "Rain." The song is recast as rock ballad for piano and voice. (Note: radio edit does not include extended piano solo.)

joy of love

joy-of-love Michael Sokolowski: piano, synthesizers
Houston Ross: bass, vocals
Will Coles: drums
Tim Reynolds: guitar
Davita Jackson: vocals
Davina Jackson: vocals
Peter Spaar: acoustic bass
Chris Melchoir: violins, viola
Peter Markush: cello

Engineered by Patrick Derivaz, Chris Kress, Michael Sokolowski and Rob Evans
Mixed by Rob Evans
Mastered by Bob Katz

Joy of Love is a true compositional collaboration: ideas built on ideas handed off between the two composers. MS: mapped-out chords, B section melody, string arrangement. HR: bass lines, words, vocal melodies, and drum part. Conceived and realized wholly in the studio, this piece sweeps the listener away and back on a tranquil, yet powerful, musical tide. (Note: extended piano and trumpet solos are not included on this radio edit.)