Indie pop outfit The Mystery Plan present their new album ‘You Also Have Eyes’, released via Ten Millimeter Omega Recordings. Produced by Jason Herring, Rob Tavaglione and the legendary John Fryer, this long-player continues a tradition of collaboration with Fryer that includes their 2020 ‘Zsa Zsa’ record and 2017 ‘Queensland Ballroom’ album.
The band’s sixth full-length album, ‘You Also Have Eyes’ features select tracks from several of their records, including ‘We All Get Down’ (co-written, produced and mixed by Ian Masters of Pale Saints, Spoonfed Hybrid, ESP Summer). There are three new songs exclusive to this CD and digital edition – ‘Silver Lining, ‘Weird Things Humans Do’, and the Peter Anderson (the Ocean Blue) mix of ‘Wonder Why’.
Formed in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2010, The Mystery Plan is Jason Herring, Amy Herring, Jefferson Chester, Otis Hughes and Patty McLaughlin. To date, they’ve released 11 EPs and LPs. Their new album also involves contributions by Micah Gaugh (The Veldt / Apollo Heights / Dope Sagittarius), Rob Tavaglione and Snap Nation.
Ahead of this, the band previewed the lead track ‘Silver Lining’ featuring Big Supreme on vocals. Written during the pandemic, this song is an ode to looking at the bright side of things. The accompanying live lounge-styled video was shot and cut by Jay Thomas in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Big Supreme (a.k.a. Chris Jones) is a rapper from Charlotte, who has been on the scene since the 1990s. He got his start by winning rap battles on the local Hip-Hop station for months and months, holding the record for the longest run on that station. He is also the younger brother of Charlotte-based DJ and producer That Guy Smitty, who is half of Muchacho with Jason Herring.
As of July 16, ‘The ‘You Also Have Eyes’ LP will be released on vinyl, CD and digitally. The CD and digital releases entailing expanded editions. It will be available everywhere online, including Spotify and Bandcamp.
Produced by Jason Herring, Rob Tavaglione & John Fryer
Additional production by Ian Masters, Peter Anderson, Paul Jensen & Justin Aswell
Recorded at Bulls Hit Records and Catalyst Recording, Charlotte
Mastered by Rob Tavaglione at Catalyst Recording, Charlotte
‘Silver Lining’ video filmed and edited by Jay Thomas
Photos by Daniel Coston
TRACK LIST (digital and CD only)
01 Electric Love
02 The Golden Moon and Silvery Sea
03 We All Get Down (Ian Masters mix)
04 Midnight Trail Ride
05 Al Gore Rhythms
06 Silver Lining
07 Wonder Why
08 Those Stars
10 Long Way To Heaven
11 Wonder Why (Peter Anderson mix)
12 Before You Go
13 Weird Things People Do
“Fantastic – Big Supreme shines brightly here against the backdrop of brilliant grooving trip-hop / hip-hop laden electronic backbeats and well-placed angelic vocals, creating the perfect pillow of Mystery Plan sound to lay this gem upon” – Big Takeover Magazine
“A chilled, dreamy, hypnotic sound” – Overblown Magazine
“Pulsing dance grooves, the sort of thing that Bristol’s underground scene revelled in during the 90’s, but then swathes itself in layers of shimmering sonics” ~ The Swindonian
“Pure sensual dreamtronica awash in haunting melodies. It’s guaranteed to set the serotonin flowing in the farthest recesses of any late night minds” – Guitar Magazine
“Marvelous work… stunning and shining funk-o-beauty” ~ Stereo Embers Magazine