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  THE TWO HALVES:

MUSIC FOR A HUDSON RIVER RAILROAD DREAM MAP

 

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NEW AMSTERDAM RECORDS
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THE TWO HALVES  IS PART TRAVELOGUE AND PART SONG CYCLE, COMMISSIONED AND RECORDED BY CONTEMPORANEOUS. BASED ON A MAP OF THE HUDSON RIVER RAILROAD CIRCA 1852, THE ALBUM IS DIVIDED INTO SIX SONGS, EACH ONE A SMALL THREAD OF A DREAMLIKE FABRIC — MOVING ALONG THE HUDSON AND GRADUALLY OUT OVER THE CATSKILLS, HURTLING ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS OF NEW MEXICO, AND EVENTUALLY LEAVING THE PLANET.

THE ALBUM FEATURES 18 UNIQUE PIECES OF CORRESPONDING ARTWORK BY ARTIST AND ILLUSTRATOR RENDER STETSON. THE illustrations DEPICT THE 18 DREAM MAP LOCATIONS VISITED THROUGHOUT THE SONG CYCLE. THEY ARE INSPIRED BY PLACES HalF-REMEMBERED aND HALF-IMAGINED. THE PAIRING OF THE MUSIC AND ARTWORK CREATES THE EFFECT OF VIEWING DETAILED SCENES THROUGH A STEREOSCOPE.