Místochord is a musical project of Bill Crandall. New World Voyage is Místochord's debut full length LP with a companion 43-page digital booklet of photos, drawings, and text that evokes what it would be like for first space colonists - the human dimension of the departure and journey, as optimism fades and the enormity of irrevocable choices sets in. NWV imagines how the human psyche responds to leaving Earth forever - both the demands of the long trip and the prospect of life on a planet without ready air, water, food, or basic comforts.
The music is a kind of atmospheric ‘space folk’, contrasting acoustic guitar and soft melodies with dissonant electronic sounds. NPR called it "guitar pop for the Mars generation". Check out the article here:
The digital booklet of photos takes a fictional, abstract approach to suggesting the journey. The crew’s log of short messages transmitted back to Earth - along with the song lyrics - help illuminate their psychological state.