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Illusion Machine

by Bret Higgins' Atlas Revolt

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Shadowboxing 05:13
Hunter 05:19
Euculipsa 04:06
Sun Gazers 05:57
Stero 05:39
Zebop 05:01


Picking up from where the band left off with their 2015 debut CD on John Zorn's Tzadik Records, Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt digs deeper, refining a collaborative sound which draws upon film music, desert blues, psychedelia, Balkan, and Central and South American music. On their sophomore recording Illusion Machine, the usual line-up adds sixth man of the year, virtuoso Columbian percussionist Juan Carlos Medrano to the fold, elevating the overall sound into a darker and more orchestral version of itself. The music on Illusion Machine is overflowing with exciting rhythms, searing guitar work and beautiful melodies, performed by an incredible group.


released May 14, 2018

Bret Higgins - Double Bass
Aleksandar Gajic - Violin
Robbie Grunwald - Electric Piano and Organ
Tom Juhas - Electric Guitar
Juan Carlos Medrano - Percussion
Joshua Van Tassel - Drums

Recorded and Edited by - Jeremy Darby at Canterbury Music Company, Toronto
Additional Editing by - David Hermiston at Woodbine Studio, Toronto
Mixed by - Justin Phelps at Hallowed Halls, Portland, Oregon
Mastered by - David Travers-Smith
Artwork and Design by - Asli Alin
Produced by - Bret Higgins

All music composed by Bret Higgins (SOCAN)


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Bret Higgins' Atlas Revolt Toronto, Ontario

Atlas Revolt is the brainchild of Toronto bassist Bret Higgins and created as a vehicle for his original instrumental compositions. Formed in 2013 the group explores genre defying instrumental music that draws inspiration largely from film scores, jazz, orchestral, pop, rock, and elements of Eastern European and South American music.
Their first CD was released on John Zorn's Tzadik Records.
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