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Midnight to Morning

Midnight to Morning

  • By Mark Roebuck
  • Release 10/3/2011
  • Music Genre Folk
  • Media Format CD
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Mark writes: I hadn't finished a song in a long, long while, when one morning my wife Julie bounded downstairs having dreamed a vivid song called 'The Past Won't Last.' We finished it quickly together, and by the end of that evening there were five more finished songs. Three weeks later an additional batch of material arrived and the Midnight To Morning Project began in full. With great synchronicity I was contacted by my old friend Tony Fischer, an amazing musician who I've worked with on and again for twenty years; most recently in Big Circle and the Noonday Ruin Project on which he plays much of the ethereal and haunting guitar. Tony has been a member of such diverse groups as the Monarchs, Wolves in the Kitchen and the legendary power-pop group The Michael Guthrie Band. Tony and I decided early on that we wanted to strive for simplicity, using only acoustic instruments and limited instrumental arrangement; focusing instead on vocal melody and harmony. Midnight To Morning is as close as I will probably get to a concept album. Nearly all the songs address night, sleep, dreaming, and/or awakening (literally and metaphorically) and the music, from the first lyric 'Night, wide awake in the night...' to the last 'Take a breath of the blue dawn...' presents as a sort of nocturne; a journey from 'midnight to morning.' I really like how it all came out and hope you do as well. Thanks to brother Steve for once again providing great album artwork. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Midnight To Morning is Mark Roebuck's first project since the 2006 release of "Some Half-Remembered Thing," a collection of glistening pop-underground recorded with his last band, Noonday Ruin. This recording marked the first time Mark and Tony had collaborated in the studio together. Bruce Brodeen, president of Not Lame Records wrote in reviewing the CD that "Mark soars and shines as only he can. He has one of the more unique and truly beautiful voices you'll hear in pop..." Rock critic Robert Pally, in Swiss Records magazine, gave the CD 7.5 stars, and Sweden's Timo Kangas declared it to be 'a cult album for those who love Big Star and the Hollies...' Noonday Ruin was made up of several members of his former ensemble, Big Circle, a five man power guitar group that in 2005 released a fourteen song CD called "Things May Change" that received wide praise and rave reviews. In the All Music Guide, Lindsay Planer gave Big Circle's CD 4 stars, and wrote that it was "a stunning collection of interesting modern jangle-pop compositions, brimming with catchy and charismatic hooks that more often than not take the melodies into compelling and unexpected places...Mark Roebuck's material is as brilliant as ever." In Shindig Magazine, Jon Mills wrote that the CD'smusic had "crafted melodies backed by chugging guitars. It's way better than most American Power Pop." Fufkin Magazine wrote that the material was "as radio friendly as indie pop can get." In 2005, Mark also released Tribe of Heaven, "Imagine We Were," a collection of recordings originally done with Dave Matthews in 1989-90 that has become one of CD Baby's 20 top selling albums of all time. It includes three co-written compositions. On of these, The Song That Jane Likes, was included on the Dave Matthews Band's first release, Remember Two Things in 1994; their 2004 Live At the Gorge CD; and on RCA's July 2008 DMB Live Trax #12. In 2003, Not Lame Records released "Goodbye September," an anthology of recorded music from Mark's 1980's power pop band, the Deal, a band that was at one time signed to Bearsville/Warner Brothers Records. This CD met with excellent reviews, and was one of Not Lame's best sellers of 2003. Writing in Pop Matters Music Magazine, Gary Glauber cited it as one of the top ten releases of 2003, stating that "Mark Roebuck writes songs based on acoustic sounds with harmonies, and gentle folk rock. Add the kind of powerful guitarist you'd only find in louder bands and you've got the winning paradox that was the sound of the Deal." Rick Schadelbauer wrote in Amplifier Magazine that the CD was "driven by the vocal and songwriting talents of Mark Roebuck and the guitar artistry of Haines Fullerton," and stated that the music was "intelligent, quirky pop with a heart...keeping it hidden any longer would have been truly criminal." In Shindig Magazine, Phil Suggitt wrote that "the Deal had a lot going for them, particularly Mark Roebuck's songwriting ability and their vocal sound." In the Italian Power Pop Magazine, Shake It Up!, Claudio Sossi gave the CD 7.8 stars out of 10, and wrote that "it's hard to find the songs anything short of irresistible. The Deal searched for the perfect power pop song and found it in "Cinnamon Square," a composition that in 1988 led Musician magazine to name the Deal one of the top 20 unsigned bands in the world. ______________________________________________________________________________________ REVIEWS: ''Midnight To Morning' is Mark Roebuck's (ex The Deal/Big Circle) first project since the 2006 release of "Some Half-Remembered Thing," a collection of glistening pop-underground recorded with his last band, Noonday Ruin. This recording marked the first time Mark and Tony Fischer have collaborated in the studio together. With additional help from only Bobby Read on keyboards and percussion, it's a gorgeous acoustic project, a 'Sunday Morning Mellow Pop' listen is the phrase we've coined here at KK HQ to describe such a record....We hear strains of Arthur Lee/Love and America throughout this beautiful record. The title is certainly appropriate for the best times to listen! GREAT!!!...' -Ray Gianchetti, KOOL KAT MUSIC --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 'New Project From Mark Roebuck: The Song That Jane Likes co-writer has a new project. Mark Roebuck, most famous around these parts for his 1989 work with Dave Matthews on the Tribe Of Heaven project, but also a member of the popular Charlottesville band The Deal, has released an acoustic album with Tony Fischer entitled Midnight To Morning. The album is very much in the mold of the Tribe Of Heaven sound; you can purchase it from CD Baby (in CD form or digitally), and also preview the tracks there. The album is a great chill album; Roebuck is a vastly underrated acoustic songwriter and the music can easily erase any bad mood you're in. Check it out!' -Jake Vigliotti, ANTSMARCHING.COM.


Artist: Mark Roebuck
Title: Midnight to Morning
Genre: Folk
Release Date: 10/3/2011
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 700261339832