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Distant Wells

by Historian

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Everything 04:00
Giving It Up 03:38
Empty Tunnel 06:19
Away 04:34
Crept In 03:55
Not Alarmed 04:01


Los Angeles-based Historian have always exhibited a perpetual state of growth with each subsequent release. Their introverted music seems at odds with the increasingly extroverted cultural zeitgeist, but by aiming for emotional reaction with little regard to commercial viability, they have matured to embody an explorative, singular band.

Their newest LP, Distant Wells, conveys a similar panoramic scope of sound, but is more careful and concentrated, like a male counterpart to Julia Solter’s Ekstasis. Synth washes are met with Bitches Brew-style freak outs, and the bands now signature orchestration is pushed further into strange waters. “I felt like I was in a season of drought when I was making it” reflects Karman. “I was digging for sustenance, working through the anxiety and sadness I was feeling and I did finally touch a place of hope.”


released September 14, 2018

Recorded and mixed by Be Hussey at Comp-NY, Glendale, CA

Produced by Chris Karman and Be Hussey, except “Everything”, “Distant Wells” and “Familiar Bell” produced by Chris Karman, Richard Conti and Be Hussey.

Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice

All songs written by Chris Karman (Bleeding Solar Power Music, ASCAP)

String arrangements on “Everything” and “Familiar Bell” by Richard Conti

Chris Karman – vocals, guitar, synth, piano, organ, rhodes
John Bottrell – bass
Brian Kuhar – bass, synth bass
Ennio Liverani - drums

Additional musicians:
Richard Conti – saxophone, rhodes
Roy Wiegand - Trumpet
Pete Jacobson - cello
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson - viola
Luis Mascaro - violin
Paul Cartwright – violin

Cover art by Zachary Crawford
Design by Leslie Andrew Ridings


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Historian Los Angeles, California

HISTORIAN is the brainchild of Chris Karman. Somewhere between post-rock and Kid A. It's spacey rock that won't leave you with that awkward feeling of visiting an abstract art installation you just don't get. He writes songs that have mass appeal with a nod to the avant-garde. ... more

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