sim·plic·i·ty noun \sim-‘pli-s?-te, -‘plis-te\
: the new album by TESLA
: the quality of being easy to understand or use
: the state or quality of being plain or not fancy or complicated
: something that is simple or ordinary but enjoyable
Check out the debut single “So Divine…” here!
Simplicity is something we all strive for in a modern world filled with technology and stress, it is also the title of the new album by TESLA, and it describes the formation of the music it contains.
The band locked themselves away for weeks in isolation with long time co-producer and A&R man Tom Zutaut’s on his 150 acre ranch in the woods of Virginia. There the band discovered and wrote the music that was still inside their imagination and quickly allowed the ideas to flow, transforming those ideas into 14 powerful tracks filled with emotional, powerful subjects relevant to the band’s current state.
From the opening track “MP3” to the explosive “TIME BOMB,” the music takes the listener on a journey with its songs about the ups and downs of life. The lighthearted “CROSS MY HEART” tells the story of a musician on the road proclaiming his commitment to love, while the songs “RISE AND FALL” and “SO DIVINE” speak of the supernatural and the loss of special friends.
The tracks “FLIP SIDE” and “LIFE IS A RIVER” give a lyrical look at the dualities in life, one being humorously about hippies smoking weed for medication, and the other being almost spiritual, suggesting that we just “Let it Flow…”
TESLA immediately jumped into the Brian Wheat’s Sacramento recording studio after returning from Zutaut’s ranch to record one song a day. The idea was to capture the moment rather than spend weeks overdubbing after the fact.
As soon as the band had something recorded, guitar textures and vocals were added. The music was then sent to the legendary mixing engineer Michael Wagener (Metallica, Skid Row, Motley Crue) to put the final touches on the final product.
Ultimately the process of making the album was very simple on a production level, but complex emotionally as the band and co-producer Tom Zutaut poured every ounce of passion and thought into the process during the two month period. This resulted in hours and hours of listening and collaborating over every detail but usually ending up being the most obvious choice; the simplest thing was always the best.
SIMPLICITY: the new TESLA album.