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The Misanthrope & The Muse

//Kevin Stevens

STORY

The Misanthrope & The Muse is a conversation between two people caught among the paradoxes of existence. Kevin has written these songs out of a mix of his own experiences and observations of life.

Set against the backdrop of urban decay, the album follows the journey of these two characters as they navigate the complexities of their relationship amidst the looming presence of terminal illness and the inevitability of death.

As the album progresses, listeners are drawn deeper into the intimate dialogue between the misanthrope, a character disillusioned with humanity and the world they are unfortunate enough to inhabit, and the muse, a figure of inspiration, life, and hope. Through their exchanges, they confront existential questions, grapple with the uncertainty of what lies beyond mortality, and ultimately find solace in the shared experience of confronting life's greatest mysteries.

"The Misanthrope and The Muse" is not a linear narrative, but rather a cyclical exploration of the human condition. The album's structure reflects this circularity, with each track creating a continuous loop of introspection and contemplation. Just as life itself is a cyclical journey of birth, growth, decay, and renewal, so too is the musical journey of "The Misanthrope and The Muse," inviting listeners to immerse themselves in the world around it. 

ALBUM NOTES

ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY KEVIN STEVENS

PRODUCED & ARRANGED BY KEVIN STEVENS & ROB KRONEN

KEVIN STEVENS - GUITARS, VOCALS, DRUMS, PERCUSSION, SYNTHS, STRINGS, TRUMPET

ROB KRONEN - GUITARS, LAP STEEL, BANJO, MANDOLIN, KEYS, SYNTHS

ZZ STEVENS - FEATURED VOCALS ON "CLOCKWORK HEART"

TARA STEVENS - BACKGROUND VOCALS ON "HOLLOW BONES", AND "THE QUEEN IN REPOSE"

AIDAN STEVENS - BACKGROUND VOCALS ON "THE MISANTHROPE AND THE MUSE"

CROSBY STEVENS - BACKGROUND VOCALS ON "THE QUEEN IN REPOSE"

RECORDED, MIXED, AND MASTERED BY KEVIN STEVENS (IN HIS BASEMENT)

COPYRIGHT 2024 KEVIN STEVENS MUSIC

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