Across deserts and oceans, endless stretches of interstellar tollways and ending (or beginning) in the borough of Brooklyn, the advent of Crown-Lites encapsulates the travels through space and time of Matt Kursmark and Mike Sarason. After nearly two decades of collaboration across numerous bands, tours and projects, Crown-Lites was officially formed as a production team when the two began experimenting with electromagnetic reel-to-reel recording techniques in early 2020. This process combined with a love of the esoteric unlocked a neoteric dominion of creation for the dyad, providing the promethean spark for their first release … An original soundtrack for a lost and hitherto unknown film, Forest of the Black Marigold.
Nobody expected it … and nobody could believe it … but could anyone comprehend it?
Would anyone dare step outside to confront the unknown? Or would forces greater than any individual weave a kinetic reaction tighter than previously imaginable.
Was the forest glowing? Or was it just a case of collective paranoia? Who would breach the forest line and uncover the truth about the powerful and mythical flower?
Would it blossom for doom or benefaction … pollenate life or death?
What will happen if you enter … Forest of the Black Marigold.
released August 21, 2020
All tracks written by Crown-Lites (M. Sarason & M. Kursmark)
Matt Kursmark - Guitars, Bass
Mike Sarason - Keyboards, Synths, Melodica, Percussion (track 1, 5)
Eddie Ocampo - Drums (track 1, 5)
Casey Weissbuch - Drums (track 2, 3, 4, 6)
M. Samuel White - Percussion (track 1)
Engineered by Matt Kursmark
Produced and Mixed by Crown-Lites at Shag City, NYC
Mastered by Anthony Abbinanti at Dirty North, Chicago