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THE MYSTERY PLAN Releases ‘Big Bliss’, Previewing New ‘Haunted Organic Machines’ LP Out March 31

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Indie pop outfit The Mystery Plan releases ‘Big Bliss’, previewing new ‘Haunted Organic Machines’ LP

The LP will be out March 31st

“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

“A delicious smorgasbord for varied tastes – from chill out to dark dreamery and even massively beautiful modern classical music with a near-mystifying delivery”The Big Takeover Magazine

The Mystery Plan
Photo by Daniel Coston

“A chilled, dreamy, hypnotic sound… and the Beth Gibbons-esque vocals of Amy Herring”Overblown Magazine

“Beguiling… immerses the listener in a dream world of suggestion and fantasy, a melodic landscape of wonder, but an encounter equally evocative of the real world we all embrace” ~ Ringmaster Review

North Carolina indie pop outfit The Mystery Plan present the single ‘Big Bliss, previewing their forthcoming ‘Haunted Organic Machines’ LP (their seventh full length album and 13th major release), to be released via American boutique label 10mm Omega Recordings.

This new single, which features Amy Herring on vocals, takes us to the opposite end of the spectrum from their recently-released lead track and ‘What A Day’ EP, a scrumptious dose of bliss-pop.

“‘Big Bliss” is about feeling all the horrible things that humans do to each other while simultaneously feeling so grateful for the art that my husband brings to my life. (Regrettably) we arere news junkies in our home. The constant stream of sadness and devastation was breaking me down. I was crying daily and had to switch to waterproof mascara in an attempt to hide my tears,” says Amy Herring.

the Mystery Plan - "big bliss"
The Mystery Plan
Photo by Daniel Coston

A staple on the local music scene, the Charlotte-based collective started in 2010 as a duo with Jason Herring and Paul Jensen (Fetchin’ Bones / the Interstellars) writing and producing everything. Jason’s wife, Amy Herring, then joined. Several years later, the line-up was rounded out with Otis Hughes, Patty McLaughlin Thomas and Jefferson Chester.

Produced and mixed by Jason Herring and Rob Tavaglione, ‘Haunted Organic Machines’ finds the band exploring new, but familiar territory from spacey dance grooves, to spooky, moody dream pop and everything that goes with it.

The Mystery Plan is very prolific, their latest releases involving legendary producer John Fryer (This Mortal Coil, Black Needle Noise), known for seminal releases by Love and Rockets, Dead Can Dance, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Clan of Xymox, Xmal Deutschland and Stabbing Westward, among others. This collaboration shaped The Mystery Plan albums ‘Queensland Ballroom’, ‘Zsa Zsa’ and ‘You Also Have Eyes’, plus an epic remix on the ‘Thought Bubbles’ record.

‘Big Bliss’ is now available digitally via Bandcamp, while the ‘What a Day‘ EP is also available via Spotify and Apple Music. On March 31, the full ”Haunted Organic Machines’ album will be released, both digitally and on CD.

The Mystery Plan album cover

TRACK LIST
1. Big Bliss
2. What a Day (Disco)
3. Inner Space
4. Late Night
5. I Think I’m Granola
6. Snow Queen
7. What a Day
8. Holding My Interest

CREDITS
Produced by Jason Herring and Rob Tavaglione
Additional production on “What A Day (Disco)” by That Guy Smitty
Recorded at Bulls Hit Records and Catalyst Recording in Charlotte, NC
Mastered by Rob Tavaglione at Catalyst Recording in Charlotte, NC
Sample on ‘What a Day (Disco)’ by Erykah Badu
Performed by The Mystery Plan (Amy Herring, Jefferson Chester, Patty McLaughlin-Thomas, Otis Hughes and Jason Herring)
Artist photos by Daniel Coston
Album cover photo by Smitty @that_guys_polaroids
Layout by Michelle Rackley at Clear Design

FOR FANS OF:
St. Etienne, Dead Can Dance, Basement Jaxx, Massive Attack, Sixpence None The Richer, Thievery Corporation, Solar Fields, Groove Armada, Cinematic Orchestra

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