“Essence” is my second solo album, released in early 2018. ‘Solo’ means that I composed all the music and produced the project, but not that I did it alone. The record was released with the band name “Zan and the Audiomancy Caravan” to reflect the numerous talented contributors to the project. ‘Audiomancy’ means sound magic. The album is available for listening and download on Bandcamp. For lyrics and the album’s metaphysical underpinnings, read on below.
The 10 songs of “Essence” were conceived as a unified work. The album is intended as a magical spell or alchemical process via sound (thus “Audiomancy” in the band name). The goal is to distill a droplet of the essence of being, to venture out into the mysterious territory beyond ordinary consciousness and to return with a liquid, crystalized essence of these luminous and meaning-impregnated realms. This intention is reflected in the lyrics of the opening track “Invocation”:
we gather ancient mysteries where words are heard no more.
keys that lead beyond humanity where your harmony abounds.
guide us in our timeless task of gathering your essence.